Apr 13

How amped will Pelfrey get?

PELFREY: Will he control emotions?

PELFREY: Will he control emotions?

Mike Pelfrey wrote off his bad first inning in Cincinnati last week to being too amped, too excited to pitch in his first start of the season. He settled down with four scoreless as the Mets came back to win.

It’s part of the development of a young pitcher to control and harness his emotions. If Pelfrey thought the atmosphere was tense last week, imagine tonight in the Citi Field opener. There will be a buzz tonight people will talk about for years.

Not even the Mets’ 3-3 start will take the edge off. The hunch here is Pelfrey will be a fast study and keep his adrenalin in check.

Oh, and Luis Castillo will get treated nicely tonight.

Enjoy the day and we’ll see you tonight for Mets Chat Room.

Apr 09

About Last Night ….

The big thing I’m taking out of last night is Mike Pelfrey, and it is a positive. After using up nearly half his pitch count in the first inning, Pelfrey settled down and gave the Mets five innings. The bullpen was used extensively, but it could have been far worse.

Pelfrey gave the Mets a chance to win by regrouping.

The other positives were Carlos Delgado, who is 4-for-9 in the first two games; Luis Castillo, who made a nice catch and throw to the plate; and Brian Schneider, who hit a bases loaded double to clear the bases.

K-Rod had a rough game, but like Pelfrey, he regrouped for the save.

Sometimes it is luck when you don’t play well and win. Other times, it is a sign of grit and talent rising to the top. Last night was the latter.

Apr 02

Over/under ….

Let’s take a look at what could be some of the key numbers for the Mets this year and you tell me if they’ll hit the over or under.

1. Wins 93
2. Wins over Philadelphia 9
3. Wins over Yankees 3
4. Blown saves by bullpen 16
5. Wins by Oliver Perez 15
6. Wins for Johan Santana 20
7. Wins by John Maine 15
8. Wins by Mike Pelfrey 15
9. Blown saves by K-Rod 6
10. Innings pitched by Mike Pelfrey 200
11. Home runs by Carlos Delgado in first half of season 20
12. Home runs by Carlos Delgado for season 40
13. RBI by David Wright 125
14. Stolen bases for Jose Reyes 60
15. Average by Ryan Church vs. LHP .270
16. Games played in left field by Daniel Murphy 120
17. Games played at second base by Luis Castillo 125
18. Luis Castillo average .285
19. Carlos Beltran homers 35
20. Mets to score at least 100 runs 3

Mar 31

Counting the days ….

This has arguably been the longest spring of my life. I can’t wait much longer for the season to begin. With a handful of days remaining before Opening Day in Cincinnati, the Mets remain a team with a handful of issues.

The first being pitching.

Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and Oliver Perez haven’t had the kind of seamless spring that inspires unbridled confidence. You can find something physical or mental about each that makes you wonder. Can you say there aren’t any concerns about any of them?

I like the make up of the bullpen, although a second lefty would be nice. I think they’ll keep O’Day.

I’m not worried about the catching. Brian Schneider is what he is. He’s never going to put up great numbers, but as long as he handles the staff that’s the main thing.

My belief is the most important position player as far as the offensive make-up is concerned is Carlos Delgado. He’s had a good spring so far, but we still don’t know who’ll we’ll get: Last year’s first-half or the second-half. If it’s the second half, there aren’t many worries about the offense.

Second base? Luis Castillo played well this spring. Answered a lot of questions. Here’s one more: How long can he keep it up, and where will he hit in the line-up. I’m still of the belief Castillo is at his best hitting second.

Left fielder Daniel Murphy remains impressive, but let’s remember his total body of work is small. Will he consistently hit left-handers. By the way, that’s the same question in right field with Ryan Church.

This is a good team, but these are all important and legit questions. Delgado and the pitching being the most pressing.

Mar 25

Good morning folks ….

Back from Ohio. My father is still ill, but somewhat better than last week. He’s 84 and has Parkinson’s.

I want to thank you for your well wishes, both here on the blog and personally. It means a lot to me.

While I was gone, Jerry Manuel decided he’d like Daniel Murphy to hit second, which is fair enough. I was thinking Castillo, but Castillo’s attitude is such now that a move in the batting order shouldn’t bother him. Given that, here’s how I see the batting order:

SS Jose Reyes
LF Daniel Murphy
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
RF Ryan Church
C Brien Schneider
2B Luis Castillo
Pitcher’s slot.

Now, I wouldn’t be adverse to hitting Castillo ninth and the pitcher eighth to bunch the speed of Castillo and Reyes together. That could make Murphy a 90 RBI guy. It’s true, how many times does Reyes actually lead off an inning? Bunching the speed together could work.

That’s my two cents. What’s yours. You like this batting order as is, or would you tweak it? And, how so?