Really good chatting with you last night. Unexpected pleasure. I wasn’t sure what kind of activity there would be without the Mets, but apparently the blog, like the playoffs, goes on without them.
Jerry Manuel could finalize his coaching staff this week. There will be some changes, no doubt, and the speculation hasn’t cooled on HoJo.
I gather most of you would rather the Phillies crash and burn. But, I was thinking about this last night: Would it be better for the Mets if the Phillies run the table? That way the front office can’t dismiss it simply as being beaten out on the last day, but a real difference between the two?
The Mets did the right thing when Jerry Manuel shut down John Maine down the stretch.
“They told me it was the biggest one they’d ever removed, the biggest one they’d ever seen,” Maine said of the bone spur removed from his right shoulder. “They couldn’t believe I could throw with that in there.”
Maine said it was the size of a softball.
Nobody knows had Maine tried to work out of the pen if the spur would have rubbed against and/or torn a muscle or ligament. Instead, he’s now anxious to get going. He said he feels great and wants to start throwing immediately, but won’t until December.
Quiet last night on the West Coast. I’ll keep posting the Moon thread and hopefully we can do a Pacific Chat Room.
My thoughts on some of the comments raised on the overnight:
-Castillo was never healthy all year, but the times he did play his attitude was suspect. A healthy and motivated Castillo? Well, it could happen. He played well in spurts in 2007. The Mets would like to deal Castillo, but if that doesn’t happen, I don’t see them cutting him and paying him his entire contract. The Mets don’t work that way.
-To me, Perez is one whom I would worry about being too complacent with a big contract. I have no basis to say that other than a gut feeling.
One more thing, if you haven’t already, scroll down a couple of threads to the one about your favorite uplifting song.
I mentioned this to Patrick, but if there’s enough interest, I’d be interested in doing a Mets Chat Room at midnight one night next week. If you’re game, I’ll be there. Please let me know your interest.
Derek Lowe lost it all at once tonight. We were giving him props over Oliver Perez when Chase Utley and Pat Burrell took him deep. Phillies lead, 1-0. No worries yet.
The playoffs, what the Mets should do, and anything else on your mind, the floor is yours.