Aug 12

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #114; Perez tries to stop slide.

The Mets close their so-far 1-5 road trip this afternoon in Arizona with Oliver Perez. Giving the ball to Perez to stop a losing skid doesn’t seem like such a comforting thought, but that’s what he did in his last start at San Diego.

Oliver Perez (2-3, 6.38) will toe the rubber for New York looking to build on perhaps his best performance of the season.

In a rare solid start, Perez gave up one run on two hits with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. However, closer Francisco Rodriguez threw it away when he gave up five runs, including a walk-off grand slam, in a 6-2 loss at San Diego on Friday.

Perez started against Arizona, Aug. 1, giving up three runs and walking five in five innings and didn’t get a decision.

David Wright, who struck out last night to end the game as a pinch-hitter, should be back in the line-up today. In an interesting note, manager Jerry Manuel said he’d like to see Gary Sheffield return.

I’m cool to the idea. I think the Mets have gotten the most they can out of Sheffield and don’t see a substantial improvement next season.

Aug 12

About last night …. Hernandez hits wall

Livan Hernandez has had his moments this year, and he might again. But, right now he has hit a wall. Hernandez was supposed to be an innings eater, and earlier in the season he was, but he’s getting ripped now.

We know he was a stop-gap, as most No. 5’s are, but he’s not stopping anything lately. As of now, the Mets should be looking for at least two starters in the off-season. The givens are Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, and sad to say, Oliver Perez.

The Mets aren’t going to get anybody to take Perez’s contract, and for that kind of money, you don’t go into the bullpen unless you’re a top-flight closer.

Aug 07

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #109; Wagner, Delgado available.



What we talked about the other day about the Mets looking toward next season seems to be the organization’s thinking with reports they are willing to deal reliever Billy Wagner and first baseman Carlos Delgado before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.

Both players are on the disabled list, Wagner recovering from Tommy John surgery and Delgado from hip surgery, but are expected to be available this month.

WAGNER: Tears with surgery news.

WAGNER: Tears with surgery news.

Should the Mets continue to slide out of contention, the hope is they’ll be able to load up on prospects from a contender. They might not get much, but the Mets need to do something to bolster their minor league system.

Both players should clear waivers considering their salaries (Wagner, $10.5 million and Delgado, $12 million), and neither is expected to be offered arbitration and would leave as free agents.

Because Delgado isn’t as far along, he figures to be harder to deal because he wouldn’t have as much time to show he is healthy.

Tonight it’s Oliver Perez for the Mets, which usually means an uneasy night.

Here’s the line-up:

Angel Pagan, CF
Alex Cora, SS
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Fernando Tatis, 2B
Brian Schneider, C
Oliver Perez, LP

NOTE: Infielder Anderson Hernandez joined the team.

Aug 06

Try to salvage something from the season ….

Not that getting Jose Reyes back would’ve made any difference for this year, but the news of his scar tissue definitely puts a seal on the season for me. Let’s face it, he’s not coming back.

In light of this, the Mets should be start to become proactive on looking ahead to next season. Who does or doesn’t play should be determined by the blueprint for 2010.

Shutting down Carlos Beltran should also be seriously considered. Let him fully recover and not risk further injury.

I would also see what players I might swing a waiver deal for. Carlos Delgado? Gary Sheffield? Sean Green? Luis Castillo? If you know you’re not going to keep them, you might as well start stocking up for the future.

Starting Bobby Parnell isn’t a bad idea, especially since you know Jon Niese might not be ready for spring training to compete for a spot in the rotation. I might even consider using Oliver Perez out of the bullpen to get an idea what he could do in that role. Let’s face it, he’s not doing it as a starter. If they can learn something now, it better helps in their planning.

I’d also start thinking about spring training with whatever prospects are on the minor league level. If there’s somebody down there the organization is considering letting compete for a spot in the spring call them up now for a look-see. Why wait until Sept.1? And, it’s not exactly like the minor league franchises are competing for anything down there.

What is there to lose? After all, the season is already all but lost.

Aug 04

Next year’s rotation?

Looking at what the Mets are throwing out there these days, it’s not hard to envision few changes with next year’s rotation. Can’t we write off a blockbuster trade because of the lack of minor league depth, and because we know they aren’t going to make another $100-million signing? John Lackey they aren’t going to get.

So, we’ll have Johan Santana as the ace, the struggling Mike Pelfrey still trying to piece it together, Oliver Perez because you know they can’t trade him, Jon Niese vying for a spot and John Maine if he’s healthy and they even tender him a contract.

Then we’ll probably see a different version of Tim Redding and Livan Hernandez, although, with few other options, I can see Hernandez Part II.