Sep 16

Mets in the Afternoon

-Jerry Manuel said John Maine’s role next year will be as a starter and not out of the bullpen. With the possible departures of Pedro Martinez and Oliver Perez, what would you expect him to say?

-Nice job by Robert Parnell last night, but remember there was no pressure. He deserves a chance under the gun.

-Damion Easley’s quad is still not right and he’s several days away from playing in the field. I’m changing my position on Luis Castillo. I said the Mets are trying to give him the at-bats over Argenis Reyes to prepare him for the playoffs. But, there might not be any playoffs and Castillo brings nothing to the table. I’m all for buying out his contract for next year, so why not cut ties now?

Sep 15

Mets Chat Room: Does Pedro have anything left?

Jerry Manuel has been saying his faith in Pedro Martinez is in his experience, and that his “stuff,” is as good as it is going to get. That’s around 88, not a lot to be encouraged about.

In his last three starts Martinez has worked 15 innings, and given up 13 runs on 21 hits. Two of those starts have been Met losses to Philadelphia.

Overall, Martinez has given up 10 homers in his last eight starts. That’s not just rust.

Martinez hasn’t been giving the Mets innings, either. You can look for the Mets to go heavy into bullpen tonight, which, of course, is not comforting.

 

Sep 15

Maine throws ….

John Maine threw in the bullpen today Washington without difficulty, but there’s no word on when he’ll return. Or even if he’ll return. It’s clear, that for the time he missed, it is doubtful he’ll be able to return as a starter who could go long into a game during the playoffs.

I know he wants to pitch, but I’d be inclined to shut him down and forget the bullpen. He’s too important to risk further injury and it’s doubtful he can reasonably be expected to give the Mets anything substantial out of the bullpen.

And, with surgery a possibility, why take the chance?

Sep 15

About Yesterday: Twenty-seven and counting.

So much for that 3 1/2-game lead the Mets had over the Phillies. Down to a scant game. It makes no difference the next four games are against the Washington Nationals. Since the Mets won’t have a starter going nine, the games are up for grabs.

Twenty-seven blown saves this year tells me there’s no comfort level and there are constant reminders of last year. Manager Jerry Manuel isn’t in denial.

“For us, coming down the stretch at this point, every loss is a reminder of last year,” Manuel said. “What we have to do is get through it. We have to win games to prevent that from being a subject matter. That’s the way it is. We have to deal with it.”

And, your confidence level this afternoon is?