May 05

Mets’ May 5 lineup vs. San Francisco

So long ago seems that six-game winning streak. The Mets have lost five of their last six games since and will attempt to stop the slide this afternoon with this lineup behind Mike Pelfrey:

Jose Reyes, SS

Chin-lung Hu, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

Ronny Paulino, C

Scott Hairston, CF

Mike Pelfrey, RP

COMMENTS: Nothing wrong with giving Daniel Murphy the day off. Hu needs some playing time anyway. … Wright still batting third much to the chagrin of many. Terry Collins seems set on that. … Jason Bay returns to the lineup. He’s still not hitting for power. When will that happen?

 

 

 

 

Apr 14

It’s looking like the same old Mets.

We’ve heard this before.

If you didn’t know the words belonged to Terry Collins, you’d swear they were Jerry Manuel’s or Willie Randolph’s.

COLLINS: Reading from Jerry and Willie's script.

Collins held a brief team meeting after last night’s latest loss and told his players, “we’re one pitch away, one swing away from being 9-2, and we’re not.’’

In some form or another, they are the words from a manager of a losing team. His players don’t make that pitch, or connect on that swing, because they aren’t good enough collectively to do so.

Last night the bad pitch was thrown by Jon Niese, but the decision to throw it was made by Collins, who let the lefthander work to Troy Tulowitzki with first base open resulting in a three-run homer.

The offense struggled again as the Mets dropped to 4-7.

“Well, we’re answering the same questions every night,’’ lamented Collins. “It’s time to start making pitches. It’s time to start getting a big two-out hit.’’

R.A. Dickey and Chris Capuano go in today’s doubleheader in which the Mets wrap up their brief homestand before heading to Atlanta, where they rarely do well.

A doubleheader with no day off following will undoubtedly tax an already worn bullpen, something the Mets don’t need before facing the Braves.

Long forgotten was the Mets’ 3-1 start, as they have gone 1-6 since. However, didn’t we expect this, and wasn’t it a matter of time before we heard those words from Collins?

Here’s the Mets’ line-up in Game 1:

Jose Reyes, SS

Daniel Murphy, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Willie Harris, LF

Scott Hairston, RF

Josh Thole, C

RA Dickey, RP

Apr 10

Beltran has stud night; Young pitches today.

I admit, after Beltran’s big night my first thought was July and if he stays healthy the Mets would be in better position to make a deal at the trade deadline. I am under no illusions Beltran will return next season, even if he stays healthy, has a big year and the Mets are competitive.

BELTRAN: Has big night.

The Mets’ financial and legal situation will remain the backdrop for this season, and it will be that way until it is resolved.

That being said, it is a good sign he’s swinging the bat well, and I liked how the Mets came back and added runs last night. The Mets are a .500 team after eight games, showing signs of progress one day and their most glaring weaknesses the next.

If it remains that way, it will be a maddening, and yet a fascinating summer. There will be moments and perhaps long stretches of alert aggressive baseball and also times when their pitching gets torched and the bats fall silent with RISP. It is always that way with developing teams.

As far as Beltran is concerned, if he produces the only things that would prevent the Mets from making a deal in July would be his contract and if the team is surprisingly competitive. If, by chance, they are in contention they might keep him in the hopes of making a run.

That, of course, is wishful thinking, but isn’t that the way when one follows the Mets.

Meanwhile, Chris Young goes this afternoon. He was impressive in his first start and if he keeps giving the Mets six solid innings he’ll be fine. In this comeback season that’s about all the Mets can count on from him. So far, the Mets will take what they’ve gotten from Young and last night’s starter Chris Capuano.

The Mets go for their third series win this afternoon with this line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS

Willie Harris, LF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Lucas Duda, RF

Brad Emaus, 2B

Josh Thole, C

Chris Young, RP

 

Apr 08

Mets face Nats in homer. Spring is really here.

Home Opener. The spring begins now.

If you were offered 3-3 from the Mets by the home opener, let’s face it, you’d take it. However, after Florida, 3-3 tastes a little sour. Especially after the last two games in Philadelphia. Despite the spirited comeback Tuesday that fell short, the rotation was shelled the past two games and a winning road trip slipped away.

There’s always a sense of optimism that comes with the home opener, and this afternoon is no exception. R.A. Dickey, scintillating at home last season, will get the ball.

Terry Collins said this afternoon Dickey is the kind of player and person one wants roots for before of his underdog status. Dickey has come a long way from injury, to journeyman reputation to what will always be regarded as a trick pitch, to become arguably the Mets’ most dependable pitcher.

Collins also said this afternoon he wants fans leaving Citi Field after today’s game will know they have a team that plays the right way.

For now, that’s the most we can hope for.

Here’s today’s lineup against the Washington Nationals:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF,

Ike Davis, 1B

Willie Harris, LF

Brad Emaus, 2B

Josh Thole, C

R.A. Dickey, RP

To chat during today’s game, click on to the Mets Chat icon to your left. See you online.

 

Apr 06

Pelfrey goes for Mets tonight against Philly

PELFREY: Tries to get on the winning side tonight.

After a winter of gloomy projections and lowly expectations the Mets take a four-game inning streak into tonight’s start in Philadelphia. They didn’t win their fourth game last season until April 17.

It has been only five games, but the Mets are combining hitting  (a .296 team average) with sterling starting pitching (a 1.47 ERA from the rotation. They have hustled as manager Terry Collins promised and for the most part have been fundamentally sound, which the manager also vowed.

“I’ve said that I think we can play with anybody, but it will take all 25 guys,’’ said Collins.

One of those guys is Pelfrey, whose Opening Day start at Florida is the Mets’ only blemish to the young season.

I’m really looking forward to see how Pelfrey rebounds tonight against the Phillies. Pelfrey didn’t make it out of the fifth inning against the Marlins, but that’s nothing new against Florida.

Life hasn’t always been a day at the beach at Philadelphia either for Pelfrey, who is 1-2 with an 8.17 ERA while giving up seven homers in his last five starts in Philly.

After rocking Cole Hamels last night, it is easy to think the pitching match-ups favor the Mets tonight with Pelfrey going against Joe Blanton, but he’s 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA in four home starts against New York.

From today’s press briefing, Collins said:

* Since he hasn’t worked in three days, Collins said he would get Francisco Rodriguez into the game.

* With tomorrow a day game, Carlos Beltran is expected to get the day off.

* Unlike Jerry Manuel, who tended to ride horse until it dropped, Collins will continue to play his bench.

Tonight’s lineup at Philadelphia:

Jose Reyes, SS

Willie Harris, LF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Angel Pagan, CF

Ike Davis, 1B

Brad Emaus, 2B

Josh Thole, C

Mike Pelfrey, RP