Apr 18

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #11; Santana goes.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

We begin with the news Mike Pelfrey will miss his start tomorrow and Luis Castillo will bat second. That’s because Daniel Murphy will sit in favor of Gary Sheffield in left. Murphy was going to get a rest anyway, so this isn’t about rewarding Castillo for last night.

Johan Santana on the mound for the boys. It’s nice to have your ace going. I was thinking about that last night after Ryan Braun homered to give Milwaukee a brief lead. They lose this, and with Figueroa likely going Sunday, then Santana would be their only chance to win.

Apr 14

Disappointed?

There’s a lot to like with the new park, but not so much with how the boys are playing. They aren’t hitting with runners in scoring position; the bullpen has been erratic; and the Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez have been a disappointment.

You can say with a hit here or there, or a fly ball caught, or a well-pitched game, they could be 6-1. You could also say they could be 1-6. They are 3-4, which is about right, and totally wrong considering the talent there is on this club.

What’s been your biggest disappointment in the Mets’ start?

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 10

WANTED: Pitching

Sorry for the late post today.

I know it has only been three games, but I didn’t even need them to tell me the Mets still need to improve their starting pitching. After Johan Santana are you really convinced of what you’ll get from the other four in the rotation.

I believe in Mike Pelfrey, but his first start shows there are still growing pains. After reaching a career-high in innings pitched last season, will he hit a wall? There’s no way of knowing, but the assumption has to be made, and it has to be addressed.

John Maine goes tonight and he’s coming off shoulder surgery. Supposedly, it is minor, but everybody else’s surgery is always minor. Tonight will not be conclusive, one way or another.

Livan Hernandez is an innings eater at the end of his career. I liked the signing. Still do, but he is what he is. He’s a .500 pitcher these days, which is the definition of a fifth starter.

OK … Oliver Perez is next. He can be nails-on-a-chalkboard annoying to watch at times, such as yesterday. I don’t want to say the Mets can’t win with Perez, because afterall, he did win 15 for them two years ago. But, that’s looking more and more like a fluke.

Jake Peavy, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt could all be available come the end of July. The Mets can’t afford to be timid then. If it costs them F-Mart, then so be it. Quality pitching is more important anyway.

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.