Aug 16

METS CHAT ROOM Game #117; Wright sits after beaning.

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CHAT ROOM

I remember talking to Willie Randolph last season and he said something incredibly odd, if not totally stupid. “We really don’t know enough about concussions in baseball,” was the essence of his comments during one pregame session when the conversation turned to Ryan Church.

It was amazing to hear Randolph say the Mets hadn’t consulted the physicians of the Giants, Jets or Rangers, teams that deal with that injury all the time.

Clearly, the Mets didn’t handle Church’s concussion properly, flying him from Atlanta to Denver, then pinch-hitting him, then shuffling him in and out of the lineup. Post Concussion Syndrome he had, and was never right the rest of the season. Hey, truth is, he hasn’t been right since.

Let’s hope the Mets learned from Church last season, but one has to wonder why he isn’t on the disabled list this morning. He might not play any time soon and with him on the disabled list there’s no temptation to push him. Leave it up to Wright and he’ll say he wants to play, but that’s his personality. Don’t given him the option.

Learn from the past and just let him rest and recover. He should be on the DL already.

Here’s today’s line-up behind Mike Pelfrey (8-8. 4.88):

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Omir Santos, C
Anderson Hernandez, SS
Mike Pelfrey, RP

NOTES: Pelfrey balked three times against the Giants, May 17. … He is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in two career appearances against San Francisco.

Aug 11

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #113; struggling in the desert.

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CHAT ROOM

It didn’t seem that long ago that a five-game winning streak briefly showed the Mets with signs of life in their increasingly remote chances of playing October baseball.

Let’s face it, ain’t happening. Also not happening is Gary Sheffield. He won’t start tonight, either, but is available as a pinch hitter like last night.

The Mets go into tonight’s game at Arizona losers of nine of their last 12 games. With the offense on life-support, the rotation has responded with a 5.57 ERA in that span.

At one time, June 7 after throwing seven shutout innings against Washington, was 5-1. He takes a 7-6 record and 5.08 to the mound tonight.

Last Thursday, Hernandez gave up seven runs in five innings in losing at San Diego. He has given up seven runs or more in three of his last six outings. Lifetime, Hernandez is 10-6 with a 3.51 ERA against the Diamondbacks, but his history over the past two months is a greater measure of what to expect.

The Mets will send this line-up against Max Scherzer (6-6, 4.01):

Cory Sullivan, LF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Jeremy Reed, CF
Alex Cora, SS
Brian Schneider, C
Livan Hernandez, RP

Aug 03

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #105; Figgy gets start.

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The Mets conclude their four-game series tonight against Arizona with the pitching disadvantage of Nelson Figueroa against Dan Haren. I remember at one winter meetings, I believe it was Orlando, when I tracked down rumor after rumor of Haren coming to the Mets.

Of course, he never did.

Figueroa has had some decent moments with the Mets, but the truth is not nearly enough to warrant what all the fuss is about. He’s had plenty of chances to go elsewhere, but nobody was knocking at his door.

After winning five straight, the Mets are on the verge of losing four of their next five games if they lose tonight.

Here’s the line-up for the 50-54 Mets:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Alex Cora, SS
Omir Santos, C
Nelson Figueroa, RP

Aug 02

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #104; Finally playing after long delay.

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Why can’t it rain when Oliver Perez pitches? Today’s game will be delayed by rain.

First things first, Perez is not inconsistent. Inconsistent means he mixes in a good game every once in awhile. It’s not that way. He’s consistent in that you know he’ll walk at least five and give up five or so runs. Yeah, that will do it.

It was a bad signing. The worst. But, that’s no longer news. I’m thinking next year they have to consider him in the bullpen role. He couldn’t do any worse because he would pitch less innings.

There’s injury news today. Jose Reyes is resting again. He’s not close to being ready. Carlos Beltran, meanwhile, took some batting practice. He’s closer, but has no date on him. Gary Sheffield has been activated from the disabled list, but isn’t in the line-up today against Arizona’s Jon Garland. JJ Putz hopes to throw Wednesday.

Here’s the line-up for the 50-53 Mets behind Pelfrey, that is, if they play:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Alex Cora, SS
Brian Schneider, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP (4-2, 3.90 ERA)

NOTE: Today is the 30th anniversary of the death of Thurman Munson. I once interviewed his widow and posted that story below. I hope you’ll take a read.-JD

Aug 01

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #103; Oh, no, Perez.

I really don’t want to watch Oliver Perez tonight. Yeah, once I say that he’s liable to pitch lights out, but he’s also able to be annoyingly frustrating to watch. How Dan Warthen and Jerry Manuel, not to mention his teammates, bear it, I’ll never know.

The Mets need a big game from Perez because they can’t afford much more losing. They threw away last night’s game, literally, with Sean Green’s wild pitch.

Here’s the line-up:

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