Rudy responded the other day and suggested .500 was a pipe dream. Well, is it?
There have been times this season when I thought so. During spring training and after their last horrid home stand. Not a week ago I ripped Terry Collins for saying things would turn around. I saw no indication of it at the time, but this is a good trip.
I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon – cable car – just because the Mets had a fun time in San Francisco. Afterall, they’ve had good stretches before. But, all you have to do is go back to last year and St. Louis and Tampa to see teams get hot late.
I wouldn’t suggest playoffs, but .500 is not out of the question. There are several things outside of making the playoffs that would define this as a successful season, and .500 is one of them.
The Mets are 8.5 games behind in the wild card stretch, but after dismantling the Giants they are only two games under .500. You take these things in small steps and two games isn’t much to make up considering all the games remaining.
Five-hundred? It isn’t the ultimate goal of this team, but it is possible and represents significant progress.
Yes, there are holes in their game, notably the pen. But, Bobby Parnell had a strong outing in the SF series and the pen hasn’t done badly on this trip. Let’s see if they can maintain. It’s not a pennant race, but it is a small step and that’s what rebuilding teams are about.
Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed on his weekly radio show he’s contemplating using R.A. Dickey on short rest, which would enable Johan Santana and Chris Young to get more rest.
Sounds plausible, but we don’t know what toll, if any, this would have on Dickey. He does throw a knuckleball, but but it isn’t a conventional knuckler.
Another thing the Mets are throwing against the wall to see if it will stick is limiting Jon Niese’s innings similar to what Washington is thinking about with Stephen Strasburg. Niese ended recent seasons on the mend so it isn’t a bad idea, especially if the Mets are out of it.
Jason Bay is a good guy. He plays sound defense and hustles. All admirable qualities. He just isn’t hitting and that’s what the Mets are paying him $66 million to do. It’s also something he hasn’t done in just under three years here.
BAY: No more smiles.
Two months remain in likely the Mets’ sixth straight season without seeing the playoffs. With hours remaining before the trade deadline, he’s impossible to deal. Nobody wants his contract, and heading into tonight’s game at San Francisco on an 0-for-22 slide, there’s no indication he’s about to snap out of his funk.
Bay is hitting .159 with five homers and eight RBI. When he’s not hitting, he’s been hurt.
Terry Collins said Bay is concerned with losing the respect of his teammates, which sounds commendable, but in reality is totally within his capabilities if he’d just hit the ball – even occasionally.
The Mets have been exceedingly patient with Bay, but it hasn’t worked for either party. It is getting clearer the Mets aren’t going anywhere this season, and Bay isn’t about to turn it around.
The Mets cut their losses with Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo, and it’s time they did the same with Bay. The Mets decided they were better off without those distractions, but Bay has become one himself. Bay is more team oriented in attitude than Perez or Castillo, but has done nothing to help them on the field.
It is time they cut ties with him.
With no hot shot rookie to propel them, the Mets were reduced to Terry Collins’ vow of working the count and pitching better. Arizona scored six in the second and it was over just like that. Another snake bite in the desert.
Just a miserable night altogether, although the Matt Harvey videos were nice.
Usually, the Mets hang around in games and find annoying ways to lose late. Yesterday was refreshing because it was over early. The butler did it in the second chapter.
It was only one game, and not even six innings to boot. But, for one night at least, Matt Harvey gave the Mets a glimpse of a future that could be good. A 3-1 victory last night at Arizona, a place usually difficult for the Mets, snapped their losing streak and gave the team a positive hope.
HARVEY: First impression was a good one. (AP)
In his debut, anticipated for weeks, Harvey gave up three hits and struck out 11 and collected two hits of his own.
Later, he spoke as a vet.
“When I was warming up I looked around and kind of took everything in,” Harvey said. “At that moment I really did believe that I was meant to pitch in the big leagues. It was everything I could have imagined. I just wanted to do everything I could to keep the team in a winning distance.”
Harvey, the Mets’ first pick in the 2010 draft, set a franchise record for strikeouts in a debut, and became the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and collect a pair of hits in his first game.
“He lived up to exactly what everybody has talked about him,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “Now I want him to go out the next time and be a little more comfortable yet pitch as effectively as he did today. He is a different cat.”
The most important thing about last night? With the season slipping away, Harvey gave us
a reason to watch again.