It could be about the playoffs, what the Mets may or not do, or anything else that trips your trigger. Have a great day.
Derek Lowe lost it all at once tonight. We were giving him props over Oliver Perez when Chase Utley and Pat Burrell took him deep. Phillies lead, 1-0. No worries yet.
The playoffs, what the Mets should do, and anything else on your mind, the floor is yours.
Now that you’ve had almost a couple of weeks to think about it, where did it go wrong for the Mets? I’m not asking about the bullpen or their inability to hit with runners in scoring position. I mean, what game in the last two months, what stretch, told you it wouldn’t happen this year?
For me, it was losing two of three to the Braves in home-and-home weekend series. It screamed to me they were in trouble.
How about you?
On the hot seat is Howard Johnson, who said at the end of the season he believed the club had the right pieces.
Maybe they do, but something is missing, and it’s not all Johnson’s fault.
These are major leaguers and they shouldn’t have to “buy into’’ anything. They should know how to work a count and advance a runner.
It’s an organizational thing, and on the major league level, that’s the manager. We see guys swinging at garbage all the time, and in the case of Jose Reyes, where’s the encouragement to take the walk?
All I hear was they don’t want to take away his aggressiveness. Well, if Reyes walked 100 times and bunted for hits more, he’d be devastating offensively.
Carlos Beltran should steal more. … It wouldn’t kill Carlos Delgado to go to left against the shift. … Perhaps the batting order is flawed. Maybe Reyes shouldn’t be leading off. … David Wright was way too impatient this year.
There are a lot of ways to improve the offense having nothing to do with firing Johnson, but, that’s not how the game is played.
“There is something there, something missing, that the club needs to get over,” Minaya said.
Minaya singled out the bullpen as the area of main concern, but did not name and possible FA replacements.
“One of the top areas we need to address is the bullpen and the closer,” Minaya said. “There’s only a few guys in the game what we say can, ‘lock-out an inning,’ so we’ll have to look in the market place, or look internally, because for a championship team that is very important.”
To fill that void, and the projected starting pitching void without Pedro Martinez and Oliver Perez, Minaya said he would listen to trade offers for anyone, and that includes core players David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran.
Minaya called the trio, “winning players,” but added, “we owe it to ourselves to look at all areas. I’m going to be open-mined all winter.”
Minaya, however, isn’t shopping these three, and I got the impression this was GM clichespeak, in that all GM’s say they will listen to any proposals that could improve the team.
Minaya also said:
-Discussions are on-going on a contract extension for manager Jerry Manuel. It’s believed the Mets have a two-year deal on the table but Manuel is thinking three.
-The team is interested in bringing back Carlos Delgado, and has told his agent this.
-He’s interested in having Oliver Perez return and said he made progress.
-Said the team is waiting to complete its investigation and let the legal process take its course before making a decision on troubled reliever Ambiorix Burgos.