May 19

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #39: Can’t help but be better than last night.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

It’s nearly impossible to commit five errors in one game, six if you include Ryan Church’s baserunning blunder, but that’s what happened last night. The Mets will try to get back on track and cut the losing streak at two behind John Maine.

Jerry Manuel said he doesn’t have a doghouse and if he did Church wouldn’t be in it. Jose Reyes is back tonight.

Manuel also said the players were angry with how they played last night. They should be.

May 17

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #37: Bring out the brooms edition.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

When this series started Thursday I never imagined the Mets would be going for the sweep tonight. Never. But, they have played well in this series, and yesterday finally gave Johan Santana the run support he needed.

Mike Pelfrey looks to go 5-0 tonight, but it won’t be easy against Matt Cain. Also, Jose Reyes is out of the the line-up for the fourth straight game.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Alex Cora, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, RF
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, LF
Omir Santos, C
Jeremy Reed, 1B
Mike Pelfrey, P

Notes:

* Jose Reyes will miss his fourth straight game with tendinitis in his calf.

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 14

Reyes and Wright

Did losing two of three from the Braves take the shine off of winning seven straight? It appears so, but not because they lost but by how they lost. Same old stuff. Sloppy baserunning and not hitting with runners in scoring position.

A lot of the running mistakes were by Jose Reyes, who, because of his speed, is blasted one way or another. Reyes can’t win. He either is blasted for being thrown out at third with the play ahead of him or for not trying for third as in yesterday’s game.

By his own admission, Reyes ran with his head down on the first play and promised he wouldn’t do it again. He didn’t have a chance to be thrown out yesterday because he glided into second after styling out of the batter’s box. Maybe Reyes could have made it, but for sure if he learned from his previous mistake and was running hard with his head up he would have seen the play in front of him and known if he had a chance.

The crime is in loafing out of the box because you never know. With Reyes’ speed, sometimes he can force a bad throw. That’s also part of the equation. Rightly or wrongly, Reyes is as fault because of the perception of not hustling.

On running to third on the ball hit to shortstop, well, that was just a dumb play.

The problem with Reyes is because of his talent and physical gifts there are lofty expectations. Some of these expectations are unfair, but Reyes can take the heat off by hustling at all times.

Speaking of hustling at all times, I’ve noticed what a few of you have commented on concerning David Wright. He’s been known to take a routine play off and not run hard, and eventually it will come back to bite him.