Interesting lineup tonight in Atlanta with both Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan not playing because of injuries.
Tonight will be Lucas Duda’s debut as the Mets are going younger. Duda’s reputation is that he can punish the ball, and power is something this team desperately needs.
Also, Josh Thole, who has good bat control will bat second. I don’t envision this being a permanent spot in the batting order for him, but the more information the better, especially in games when Pagan might hit third.
Once again Jose Reyes’ right oblique is hurting, with word he probably won’t be available until Thursday or Friday. Tough news considering the Mets need a sweep of their four-game series against Atlanta to retain even the remotest hopes.
It would be an unforgettable miracle if this team went on a run and reached the playoffs. But, this is a purely forgettable team without a hint of playing much better than they have for the past two months.
I try to look for positives because being negative all the time can be draining. But, right now the positives, at least offensively, are scarce.
This team just doesn’t score any runs, and the odd thing is people are talking about blowing up this group and trading David Wright and Jose Reyes, the Mets’ two best, although inconsistent, offensive players. Doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
One of the season’s bright spots, R.A. Dickey, goes today against Houston. Dickey has been splendid all season and has pitched better than his 8-5 record indicates. He’s pitched deep into games, but has given up two late-inning homers in his last two starts to deprive him of victories. Otherwise, he’d have ten wins. He’d have even more than that with a little run supprt.
We’ve known for awhile now that the playoffs weren’t going to happen, but you’d like to see some form of growth, something to build on. But, right now there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of it.
After today, there are 32 games left. Ouch, where did the season go?
Well, last night wasn’t one of Jon Niese’s better games, the offense sputtered again and Jose Reyes reinjured himself. Anybody out there surprised by that?
Of course not.
The August 31 waiver deal deadline is fast approaching and it will be interesting to see who, or if, the Mets will unload somebody. Since they don’t want him, you know they’ll be shopping Carlos Beltran. I like Beltran, but believe his better days are behind him.
Maybe he’ll show enough in September to elicit a trade or at least give the Mets hope they’ll have a viable player next season. Outside of that there are few reasons to watch anymore.
What are your feelings about September? Will you watch because the Mets are your team and you love them win or lose? Or, have you given up on them and counting the day until spring training?
But, for those who watch, there’s a reason? What will compel you to continue watching this disappointing season?
If the Mets are to go on this miracle run, they’ll need to get Jose Reyes again, beginning tonight with Florida. The Mets are at their best when he gets on and makes things happen.
Game #127 vs. Marlins
He’s cooled off since his 15-for-31 road trip Houston and Pittsburgh, going 0-for-10 in the first two games of the Marlins’ series.
He was 0-for-5 last night and grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.
“I tried to get a base hit or walk, something to tie the game or win the game,’’ Reyes said. “He made a quality pitch on me and got me out. I saw it good, but I wasn’t able to put my best swing on that ball.’’
There’s been discussions about picking up Reyes’ option and negotiate an extension. There’s also been talks in the media if the best thing to do would be to trade him for a package of prospects.
Personally, I’d keep Reyes. You’re not going to find anybody that will produce like him.
NOTE: Folks I have to work tonight and won’t be able to monitor the board. I hope you’ll pop in with your comments.