Jun 05

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #53; facing the Nationals.

CHAT ROOM vs. Nats.

CHAT ROOM vs. Nats.

The sluggish Mets are in DC, armed with Tim Redding, in an attempt to stop their slide at three games.

The field is a mess in DC, but the game is supposed to start on time.

Redding’s first start since coming off the DL was a good one in LA, but he hasn’t shown much since.

The Mets are a hurting group, relying way too much on their role players. And, it doesn’t help that David Wright is in a slump.

June is a critical month for the Mets in that half their core is missing and the schedule will get tougher. If they can hold it together they should be in decent position come July.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Alex Cora, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Fernando Martinez, LF
Brian Schneider, C
Tim Redding, P

NOTEBOOK: No timetable for Jose Reyes’ return. … Gary Sheffield rests tonight and will rest Sunday. … Jerry Manuel said it was likely (didn’t say definite) that Fernando Martinez will stay when Ryan Church is activated from the disabled list.

Jun 04

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #52; Pelfrey to salvage series.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

After last night’s rainout, Mike Pelfrey goes this afternoon in an attempt to salvage the Pittsburgh series. On the bright side, Pelfrey won’t have to face Nate McLouth, who was traded to Atlanta last night.

The flip side of that deal is it is a reminder of the lack of chips the Mets have on the minor league levels to make a trade at the July 31 deadline. Most of their highly rated prospects are on the lower levels and aren’t major league ready.

PELFREY: Tries to salvage series.

PELFREY: Tries to salvage series.

The team does not want to give up F-Mart. Jon Niese could be packaged, but his numbers might give a team pause. The Mets don’t have any imminent help in the minor leagues which also means they have little to deal.

It will be a patchwork line-up again this afternoon. Maybe Carlos Beltran will be ready.

The bullpen benefited from the rainout, but even so, J.J. Putz for now is the seventh inning guy with Bobby Parnell assuming the eighth-inning set-up role. The Mets couldn’t go any longer with the struggling Putz in the eighth inning.

Jun 03

A slow day ….

Greetings all. A very hectic day for me. First a doctor’s appointment this morning and have been following up on job leads so far today. Sorry for a late post. I wanted to get one up earlier but the time got away from me.

Last night was a frustrating game in the Mets threw away a Johan Santana start. Three runs wasn’t one of his better games, but the Mets would take it anytime. So would he. When a pitcher gives up three runs he should win the majority of the time.

The problem with the Mets is their offense has been silenced since the third inning Monday night. The losses of Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran are being realized (Beltran might return tonight) as the role players can’t carry the whole load.

With the core hurting and David Wright not hitting, the offense is hard pressed to score and sustain any kind of pressure.

They try it again tonight with Mike Pelfrey, who has pitched well in his last few starts. Still, Pelfrey is a concern because he has the propensity to unravel and give up the big inning.

The Pirates are a team, that if the Mets are as good as they claim to be, they should put away. Now, the best they can do is a split. Then, it is off to Washington, another team they should handle on paper but have struggled against.

Jun 02

Ripe for a June swoon?

PUTZ: What's wrong?

PUTZ: What's wrong?

One game does not make a month, but last night was not a good way to start June. Maybe the Ryan Church game in LA was worse, but it’s hard to image any more disheartening defeats than last night.

I’ve called the Mets a flawed team, and such was the case against the Pirates. The offense called it a game after the third inning and JJ Putz imploded in the eighth. Jerry Manuel didn’t help matters when he let the struggling Putz stay in after two or three hitters. It was obvious he wasn’t going to find the switch.

I wrote prior to the game that it was encouraging for the role players to step up and Reed and Valdez did that. However, role players are role players for a reason and the Mets need the return of their core big time.

We might not see Carlos Delgado this year and Jose Reyes is on the horizon. David Wright continues to slump, Carlos Beltran missed another game and there’s Putz.

The guy isn’t right. He needs to be looked at again and if something is wrong then go on the DL. He’s not doing anybody any good the way he is now.

Until Putz gets it together, Bobby Parnell should assume the eighth inning role as the bridge to Francisco Rodriguez.

Jun 01

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #50; patchwork team getting it done.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

We’ve heard for three years now how this team has little grit and an edge to it. I’d have to say, that’s not true right now. The Mets have won 18 of their last 26 games, and they’ve done it largely with a patchwork unit.

Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado are out; Carlos Beltran contributed little, and David Wright perhaps even less during the last homestand. Yet, won five of six, and counting the Boston series, have won seven of their last nine.

Should the Mets somehow get into the playoffs, this recent stretch could be looked on as a turning point.

The Mets start their roadtrip at Pittsburgh tonight, then go to Washington. These are teams they should beat. If the Mets are as good as they like to believe they are, they need to continue this run. It’s not about sweeping series, but winning them. If they keep winning two of three and three of four, they’ll be fine.