Just who is Willie Harris to call out anybody or any team, let alone the one who just beat him?
“No disrespect, but the Pirates aren’t much better than we are right now,’’ Harris said after last night’s meltdown.
That’s total disrespect and such a quote should nail down for him “Idiot of the Week Award.’’
The Mets’ late-inning collapse was again attributable to the bullpen, and Harris’ shoddy defense. First, in not getting to a ball and second not knowing where the bag was which failed to get a force, and, well you know the rest.
Maybe Harris was trying to be positive, but he’s not helping his team by calling out the Pirates, who play the Mets this afternoon and next week in Pittsburgh.
When you’re playing bad, just own up to it and don’t give the other team any ammunition. A team such as the Pirates, which has been losing for the better part of two decades, takes its motivation where it can and Harris just gave them a little more.
Some two weeks for Ike Davis, huh? The Mets are now saying he might be able to return by the All-Star break.
Davis will be wearing a protective boot and will be shut down for at least three weeks.
“The only baseball activities he can do, basically, is play catch, and he’ll be able to swing,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters today at Citi Field. “But he’s not to do any running whatsoever for the next three weeks. There’s still a hot spot where the bone bruise is. So we’re going to pretty much shut him down from that type of activity.’’
Meanwhile, David Wright will have an X-ray Thursday to determine a timetable for when he can resume baseball activities. Wright in on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back.
The Mets say Jose Reyes is expected to return from bereavement leave for Thursday’s game.
On a positive note, Johan Santana is throwing off the mound in 15-pitch intervals in Port St. Lucie. The next step will be throwing batting practice.
Here’s tonight’s starting lineup against Pittsburgh:
Angel Pagan, CF
Justin Turner, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Nick Evans, 1B
Josh Thole, C
Ruben Tejada, SS
RA Dickey, RP
COMMENTS: Dickey will get the start despite leaving his last start in Chicago early with an injury to his right heel. No doubt, the Mets will keep him on a short leash. Dale Thayer is first in line should Dickey falter. …. Pat Misch cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo.
The qualifier, of course, is it was against the Pirates, but it was good to see Mike Pelfrey throw a good game last night. His July swoon was alarming, but he seems to have corrected his mechanical and concentration problems that slammed the brakes on a potentially great season.
It is premature to say he’s completely there as a starter, but he could win 16, 17 games this year which is a watershed mark for a pitcher. And, if he even went .500 during his slide he could be looking at a 20-win season.
Pelfrey worked quickly and efficiently last night. He mixed his pitches well and worked both sides of the plate. The movement on his pitches was excellent, just the way it was at the beginning of the season.
I said going into the season Pelfrey might be the key Met, and it should be that way again next season. This guy is on the cusp of being right there and there will be more pressure than ever in 2011 because we don’t know what, if anything, the Mets will get from Johan Santana.
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The Mets have more than a few pitching questions heading into next year, and Mike Pelfrey is one of them. After a brilliant start, Pelfrey hit the skids in July, seemed to right himself, then was hit hard again. He’s coming off a good start and the Mets want him to finish on a roll to give him the confidence heading into the offseason.
With Johan Santana injured, unless the Mets make a stunning move in the offseason, Pelfrey will go to spring training as the No. 1 starter.
The Mets will be seeking their first four-game sweep of a team tonight at home against Pittsburgh.
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Game #146 vs. Pirates
Yes, it has been a disappointing season. There was reason for optimism around the All-Star break, but then things went south.
The Mets stand 72-73 heading into tonight’s game against Pittsburgh, already two wins better than last year’s win total. At 70-92 last year, most everybody would have grabbed a .500 season if guaranteed during spring training.
Finishing at .500 would represent significant improvement, and it could be better than that. And, it could be done with a nothing year from Jason Bay, a half-season from Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes missing significant time.
This isn’t to say all is well, because it is not. It is to say they are better than they were last year.