The Mets do have a pulse after last night, and it’s that way because of R.A. Dickey and Jeff Francoeur.
As far as Francoeur is concerned, last night might change his mood and get him going, but I’ve said that before with him. He’s an extremely streaky hitter, but unfortunately for him he’s had too many on the downside this summer. A hot one now could lift the Mets back into contention.
When Carlos Beltran returned, somebody had to sit, but Jerry Manuel force-feeding him into the lineup seems to have backfired. If nothing else, the Mets’ record since the All-Star break should mean something. Manuel had no choice but to cut Francoeur’s time, but his methods weren’t right.
A meeting would have been the proper thing to do. And, to equate his situation to a pitcher going to the bullpen was callous.
Manuel shut the door on Francoeur as a Met, and last night’s heroics aside, it doesn’t change anything. The Mets might be a game closer, but it’s a huge gap. And, Francoeur could go on a tear, but he’s gone after this year.
He wants to play everyday and young enough to do so. It’s too early in his career to assume the role player mentality.