Apr 25

The Mets and their winning ways.

Good day all. Mets are off today, then on to Washington and Philadelphia. They are winners of four straight and playing good baseball, the kind of baseball they promised during spring training.

Some are saying the Mets’ recent success is because they played Arizona, but don’t forget, the Diamondbacks pretty much had their way against them recently.

So, what has been the difference?

Like with the losing, it isn’t just one thing to point to, but a myriad of issues.

First, as usual, it begins with starting pitching, which has been excellent, averaging seven innings and a 2.63 ERA over the past six games. Wouldn’t it be sweet to get that for the entire season?

In addition to shutting down the opposition the first part of the game, the length given by the starters enabled manager Terry Collins to set up his bullpen and cut down on the appearances by some of the more combustible relievers, notably D.J. Carrasco, who was optioned in order to keep Dillon Gee on the roster.

The bullpen has responded, in part by the absence of the ineffective and injured Bobby Parnell, which allows Collins to go to the more experienced and productive Jason Isringhausen. I’m not saying Parnell won’t ever make it, but for now Isringhausen is the better choice.

It will be interesting to see how Gee’s role changes over the next 10 days to two weeks. He’s been an effective starter, but he’s sure to see time in long relief.

“We think is Dillon does have to move into a different role, we want to see how he performs,’’ general manager Sandy Alderson said.

The Mets’ hot streak also coincides with the return of Jason Bay to the batting order. Bay has played well and offers a degree of protection to Carlos Beltran and David Wright. Bay also returns Willie Harris and Scott Hairston to the bench, which was thin.

Wright is hitting again and Ike Davis has been hot. Also, Beltran has stayed upright and is hitting.  Maybe it was time to catch a break, but when the struggling Angel Pagan went down, Jason Pridie was brought up and has performed.

Is there even such a player as Ronny Paulino? He was supposed to be activated tomorrow, but has a strained oblique.


Apr 20

Tonight’s line-up against Houston.

Here’s tonight’s line-up against Houston tonight at Citi Field:

Jose Reyes, SS

Josh Thole, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Willie Harris, LF

Daniel Murphy, 2B

RA Dickey, RP

LINE-UP COMMENTS: I like Terry Collins sticking with Josh Thole second in the order. … Despite some yapping on the call-in shows, there’s no real reason to move David Wright out of the three hole at the moment. There’s no other viable bat worth putting there.

Apr 09

Tonight’s lineup

It is a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Why aren’t they playing now? Ridiculous scheduling.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes – SS

Angel Pagan – CF

David Wright – 3B

Carlos Beltran – RF

Scott Hairston – LF

Ike Davis – 1B

Chin-lung Hu – 2B

Mike Nickeas – C

Chris Capuano – LHP


Apr 06

Pelfrey goes for Mets tonight against Philly

PELFREY: Tries to get on the winning side tonight.

After a winter of gloomy projections and lowly expectations the Mets take a four-game inning streak into tonight’s start in Philadelphia. They didn’t win their fourth game last season until April 17.

It has been only five games, but the Mets are combining hitting  (a .296 team average) with sterling starting pitching (a 1.47 ERA from the rotation. They have hustled as manager Terry Collins promised and for the most part have been fundamentally sound, which the manager also vowed.

“I’ve said that I think we can play with anybody, but it will take all 25 guys,’’ said Collins.

One of those guys is Pelfrey, whose Opening Day start at Florida is the Mets’ only blemish to the young season.

I’m really looking forward to see how Pelfrey rebounds tonight against the Phillies. Pelfrey didn’t make it out of the fifth inning against the Marlins, but that’s nothing new against Florida.

Life hasn’t always been a day at the beach at Philadelphia either for Pelfrey, who is 1-2 with an 8.17 ERA while giving up seven homers in his last five starts in Philly.

After rocking Cole Hamels last night, it is easy to think the pitching match-ups favor the Mets tonight with Pelfrey going against Joe Blanton, but he’s 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA in four home starts against New York.

From today’s press briefing, Collins said:

* Since he hasn’t worked in three days, Collins said he would get Francisco Rodriguez into the game.

* With tomorrow a day game, Carlos Beltran is expected to get the day off.

* Unlike Jerry Manuel, who tended to ride horse until it dropped, Collins will continue to play his bench.

Tonight’s lineup at Philadelphia:

Jose Reyes, SS

Willie Harris, LF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Angel Pagan, CF

Ike Davis, 1B

Brad Emaus, 2B

Josh Thole, C

Mike Pelfrey, RP