The second half of the season has not gotten off to a good start for the Mets, and it has nothing to do with R.A. Dickey not starting tonight’s All-Star Game. Dillon Gee was hospitalized after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his right shoulder and will be on the disabled list indefinitely.
Gee was hospitalized after experiencing numbness in his right fingers. Doctors at New York Presbyterian Hospital used a catheter to break up the clot.
Gee was scheduled to start Friday night at Atlanta. Gee is not the Mets’ only pitching concern entering the second half. Johan Santana sustained a twisted right ankle in his last start.
Gee, coming off a solid start Saturday against Chicago, is 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts.
After a plus first half, the Mets limp into the All-Star break on the skids – definitely not the team that captivated our imagination for the better part of three months.
We all knew they had questions and issues, but played through them. Just not to the point where we can think they’ve disappeared.
Over the past few weeks, the Mets bullpen continued to implode. That wasted Chris Young start comes immediately to mind. More alarming is that both R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana have twice been roughed up. The defense has been erratic, and the overall lack of power and speed have both come into play.
Losing two series to the Chicago Cubs is just not an encouraging sign.
The Mets finished the first half with a winning record, and maybe this is just a glitch. A warming to Sandy Alderson more parts are needed.
During the break, I’ll look at what went right and wrong, what is needed, and grade the players. I’ll be back around noon.
Didn’t we just see this movie?
Yeah, I remember. They beat the Dodgers three of four, then lose two of three at Chicago. If the Mets are as good as they claim they want to be, they can’t lose to teams like the Cubs. Championship caliber teams must beat up on teams with losing records.
This is something they must improve upon in the second half.
I am wondering a bit about Johan Santana, who was rocked with another big inning. Santana had been keeping trouble to a minimum, and that’s what he must do.
I know I became doubtful after the first two games at Wrigley Field. Please forgive me. I promise I won’t doubt the Mets again. At least, until the next time. The Mets have been up-and-down all year, and last night was more of the same.
They got another good outing from Chris Young, which probably reinforces the notion we’ve seen the last of Mike Pelfrey. David Wright remained hot, and Bobby Parnell blew away the Dodgers in the ninth.
With R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana going the next two games, one must like their chances of winning this series. Then again, both Dickey and Santana were roughed up in their previous starts.
I don’t know what Young’s future is with the Mets. If he remains healthy, he should be brought back because this isn’t a deep staff and the younger pitchers can learn from him. I suggest it might be easier to learn from Young than the unconventional Dickey.
As far as Pelfrey is concerned, he’s fallen into ”the too-injured-too unproductive-and-too pricey” category. He’s too young to just cast off, but the dollars will dictate it in the end.
After he was roughed up in the two starts following his 134-pitch no-hitter, there was worry again something might be wrong with Johan Santana’s surgically-repaired left shoulder.
SANTANA: Strong again.
Six scoreless innings last night against the Orioles eased those concerns. Not entirely, because can you ever be certain about a shoulder, but there’s a good feeling about the tandem of him and R.A. Dickey.
Every game has a moment of decision for a pitcher, and Santana’s came in the fourth when the Orioles had runners on second and third with one out. Santana responded by striking out the next two hitters.
The Mets have thrown consecutive shutouts three times this season and lead the majors with eight overall.
In addition to Santana, the Mets continued to receive positive offensive news, from an expected source and a surprise.
Lucas Duda homered again and Jordany Valdespin added a two-run single while demonstrating his versatility. Last night he was in left; the night before at second.
And, maybe the biggest plus was getting three scoreless innings from what has been an erratic bullpen. Terry Collins is going back to handling Santana with kid gloves after the no-hitter, which translates into more innings from the pen.