May 15

Satisfaction

Last night’s win was arguably the most satisfying of the season for the Mets. John Maine regrouped after a rocky start to give manager Jerry Manuel length and to stay out of his taxed and depleted bullpen.

The Mets also came from behind a couple of times which hasn’t been their MO this season. And, they did it without Carlos Delgado (who won’t be available tonight) and Jose Reyes.

Last night was important on so many levels beginning with the need to snap out of their funk after losing two of three to the Braves. They certainly couldn’t have afforded to follow up the Atlanta series with a loss last night and then face Tim Lincecum tonight. That’s how losing streaks begin.

David Wright, who is hot right now, told me Lincecum is the toughest pitcher he faces. The guy is good and I’m not expecting much offense from the Mets tonight.

I’ll be around later tonight for the game. Hope you’re all having a great day.

May 14

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #34; at the Golden Gate.

The Mets open arguably their roughest road trip of the season tonight against the San Francisco Giants. The West Coast is place where winning streaks go to die.

Jose Reyes will sit out tonight with a stiff calf.

Here’s the line-up:

Luis Castillo, 2B
Alex Cora, SS
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Ramon Castro, C
Ryan Church, RF
John Maine, P

May 09

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #29; on a roll.

Five. Do I hear six? The Mets will try to extend their winning streak today behind John Maine, who has run hot and cold this year. When he’s cold, he usually has one bad inning – very Perez-like – that derails him.

Today, the Mets will be without manager Jerry Manuel, who was suspended for one game for bumping umpire Bill Welke Thursday night arguing the Shane Victorino play. Sandy Alomar Sr. will manage the team.

Here’s the line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Carlos Delgado, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, RF
Fernando Tatis, LF
Ramon Castro, C
John Maine, P

May 05

A lot to like, but ….

In what so far has been a disappointing, underachieving season, there was a lot to like in last night’s victory at Atlanta.

Of course, since everything begins with pitching and John Maine was superb after a rocky second. There’s always one inning with Maine where he gets in trouble, but if he pulls out of it he goes on a hot stretch fueled by his fastball. He’s a power guy and gets in trouble when he tries to be too cute with his off-speed stuff.

Another positive the offense came from behind from three runs down for the first time this season. Carlos Beltran, who has been stroking line drives all year, went deep twice. Beltran is a hitter who when he gets hot can carry a team for a couple of weeks. What better time with all these games with the Braves and Phillies?

David Wright also showed signs of coming out of it with a homer.

But, it’s only one game and we’ve seen that before. Let’s get a string of these before proclaiming the Mets are all right.

Livan Hernandez, who has been shaky, goes tonight for the Mets.

Apr 27

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #19; Maine tries again.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

John Maine goes tonight against the Florida Marlins, a team he’s shown success with a 3-1 record and 2.85 ERA in seven career starts. Maine (0-2, 7.47 ERA) is coming off a stinker of a start, giving up five runs on seven hits and five walks against the Cardinals.

Carlos Delgado is out of the line-up tonight with soreness in his hip. Fernando Tatis replaces him in the field and Gary Sheffield bats clean-up and is in left. With Daniel Murphy sitting tonight, Luis Castillo will bat second.

Here’s the line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Omir Santos, C
John Maine, P