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Game #146 vs. Pirates
Yes, it has been a disappointing season. There was reason for optimism around the All-Star break, but then things went south.
The Mets stand 72-73 heading into tonight’s game against Pittsburgh, already two wins better than last year’s win total. At 70-92 last year, most everybody would have grabbed a .500 season if guaranteed during spring training.
Finishing at .500 would represent significant improvement, and it could be better than that. And, it could be done with a nothing year from Jason Bay, a half-season from Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes missing significant time.
This isn’t to say all is well, because it is not. It is to say they are better than they were last year.
With the season dwindling away, there are fewer and fewer things worth watching. R.A. Dickey is one of them.
Dickey (10-6, 2.91 ERA) with career highs in wins and ERA after being thrust in a stop-gap role this season has been one of the bright spots in this gray summer. When he starts tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he’ll also be continuing his audition for the 2011 rotation.
Dickey, 35, is 6-1 with a 1.85 ERA in eight starts at Citi Field.
“I’ve just really tried to be consistent,” Dickey said. “The better I bounce back after tough outings, the more I show that I can be trustworthy.”
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Mike Pelfrey, who turned his back to Jerry Manuel Saturday in a show of disrespect, has endorsed pitching coach Dan Warthen’s return next season. So too, has R.A. Dickey. It’s a nice gesture, but it is uncertain as to the weight it will carry.
Assuming Manuel is gone and a veteran manager is named to replace him, he would want to name his own pitching coach and staff. That the Mets’ have shown significant improvement – you can chalk that up to not having John Maine and Oliver Perez- is a positive reflection on Warthen to where he merits an interview.
However, Warthen’s best chance would be if the Mets hired young and inexperienced, say Wally Backman, who might have a staff assigned for him.
Either way, the rate of progress from 2009 to 2010 has been significant and he deserves an interview at least.
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Mike Pelfrey will be making his third start in an effort set a career mark in victories. Pelfrey (13-9, 3.96) had appeared to get back on track from July slump, but has lost his last two starts with an ERA of 10.38.
Game #142 vs. Phillies
“I just see a guy that kind of loses confidence and I see a guy that doesn’t have the presence on the mound,’’ manager Jerry Manuel said.
Manuel called Pelfrey an enigma after he followed a 9-1 by going 4-8.
Pelfrey has shown glimpses of dominance several times during his career, but then regressed to where he loses composure and concentration on the mound.
It’s odd, but despite his erratic performance, Pelfrey can still finish north of 15 victories which is a bench mark number for a starter.
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There was some glitch with the new system last night. What? I’m not sure, but it has been reported. I was able to make an initial comment prior to the game, but later I was unable to either respond or initiate a comment.
Sorry. And, it was a good game worth talking about. Dillon Gee was good, definitely worthy of another look. A few more like this and he might go into spring training as a fifth starter candidate.
Today, we have R.A. Dickey in the matinee start. Dickey has been off lately, but not enough to where it should impact him having a role in spring training. I know people are waiting for the other shoe to fall with Dickey, and I hope this is just a blip on the radar.
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