Jun 02

Willie Harris …. zip it.

HARRIS: Tone it down.

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.

 

NEXT UP: Collins’ rant.

May 24

Tonight’s Mets lineup: May 24 at Chicago.

After kicking away Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium, the Mets are in Chicago tonight to face the Cubs.

When you look at Mets’ history they’ve have periodic rivals. In 1969 and again in 1973, the Cubs were a big deal on their schedule. There’s also been the Pirates, the Braves and the Phillies.

One of my favorite sports books is “The Year the Mets Lost Last Place,’’ which documented a three-series stretch in 1969. Every now and then I’ll pick up the book and start to read. It always is fresh.

Mets at Cubs used to be in the afternoon, but that’s another lost tradition. Night games at Wrigley Field? I still don’t like it.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Justin Turner, 3B

Willie Harris, CF

Ronny Paulino, C

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Jonathan Niese, LP

 

COMMENTS: The first game after Fred Wilpon threw Reyes and Beltran under the bus. Not inaccurate comments, but it does make you wonder what the agenda is here.

 

May 16

Wright hurt; out at least a week with back fracture.

The Mets will be without David Wright for at least a week to ten days with stress fracture in his lower back.

WRIGHT: Out with back fracture.

Wright underwent a MRI today at the Hospital of Special Surgery, which revealed the injury. Wright said he will seek a second opinion, after which a decision would be made on the disabled list.

The Mets said Wright sustained the injury on a diving tag play to Houston’s Carlos Lee, April 19. Wright doesn’t believe this is a long-term injury, but then again, that’s what second opinions are for.

“About the first week, I felt stiff and sore, but I felt that would go away the next couple of weeks,’’ Wright told reporters this afternoon at Citi Field. “I was on some medication and some anti-inflammatories that really wasn’t doing much. That explains it now, because it’s not a muscular thing.

“It’s what could be a stress fracture. … It’s probably me somewhat being stubborn and not getting it checked out earlier. I don’t think it really limited me too much or prohibited me from doing anything. It was just a little uncomfortable.’’

VIDEO OF INJURY

Wright is off to a slow start, hitting .231 with six homers and 18 RBI.

General manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets could promote Ruben Tejada to play second base and move Justin Turner to third, or they could bring up Nick Evans or Luis Hernandez.

Daniel Murphy is a natural third baseman, but he’s playing first base while Ike Davis is on the disabled list. Davis, out with a sprained ankle, is currently rehabbing in Port St. Lucie. Ironically, Davis was injured in a collision with Wright.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Willie Harris, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Justin Turner, 2B

Jason Pridie, CF

Ronny Paulino, C

Mike Pelfrey, RP

 

May 06

New poll: No real surprises so far; expect more change.

Thirty-one games into the season and the Mets are 13-18, 8 ½ games behind Philadelphia. Only four teams in the majors have a worse record; only three have fewer home victories than the six scratched out by the Mets.

REYES: Flying away with a bunch of others.

About right? Could be worse? Should be better? Post your thoughts and vote in the new poll.

The Dodgers are in for three this weekend starting tonight, and the remainder of the month features three games each against Colorado, Yankees and Cubs on the road, and three at home against Philadelphia.

There’s potential for things to fall further apart before June. They could easily be double-digits behind the Phillies by the time they come in at the end of the month.

Are you surprised by any of this?

If I had been given five games below .500 at this point were it offered in spring training, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have taken it considering the questions the Mets faced.

Things have unfolded close to expectations when you look at the pitching questions; Jason Bay’s injury; the hole at second base; and concerns surrounding the health of Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.

Realistically, the Mets are about where they should be with their deficiencies. Going in we were told this season would be about making evaluations in preparation for the building that would begin in 2012.

Things would change once they cleared the deadwood off the books.

When I scan the Mets’ depth chart, it isn’t hard to envision up to a dozen new names next spring with the following gone: Reyes, Beltran, Ronny Paulino, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Francisco Rodriguez, Jason Isringhausen (at his age it wouldn’t be a surprise), Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak, Chin-lung Hu (he could be gone when Angel Pagan returns this weekend), Willie Harris and Scott Hairston.

That’s half the team.

Some, like Beltran, Rodriguez and Reyes could go based on financial considerations, while others like Isringhausen, Young, Capuano, Harris and Hairston could leave because of age and other options. Still others would go because of talent.

Several of these players could help contenders at the trade deadline.

This was to be the year of change, and there’s a lot that could still happen. If it does and the Mets are still five games under at the end of the season, that should be looked at as a plus.

 

May 04

Mets’ May 4 lineup vs. San Francisco

The Mets, losers of four of their last five games, will try to right things tonight at rainy and cold Citi Field against the San Francisco Giants.

Here’s the lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Daniel Murphy, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Ike Davis, 1B

Ronny Paulino, C

Willie Harris, LF

Jason Pridie, CF

Chris Capuano, LP

METS NOTEBOOK: Reliever Pedro Beato, one of the bright spots this season in the Mets’ pen, was placed on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis, retroactive to May 2. Replacing him on the roster is lefty Mike O’Connor. … Bobby Parnell has begun throwing in Port St. Lucie. … Josh Thole is struggling and with Ronny Paulino playing well, the former could see his playing time reduced.