Here’s how bad things are for the Mets’ offense: Ryan Church is the clean-up hitter. Yup, you read correctly. Gary Sheffield is out again after taking a cortisone injection in his knee. He believes he’ll be available this weekend against the Yankees. We shall see.
Fernando Nieve (2–0, 1.84) starts for the Mets after back-to-back quality starts. Can he keep riding the wave?
Here’s tonight’s line-up:
Alex Cora, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Fernando Tatis, LF
Fernando Martinez, CF
Nick Evans, 1B
Brian Schneider, C
Fernando Nieve, RP
Has been an eventful few days. Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and are bracing for the New Year. Just pulled in from visiting my family in Ohio. Decided to drive. Yup. That was a mistake. Should have sucked it up and gone with the flight. But, not working full time has me thinking about saving the bucks.
Lousy weather before the trip has leaks coming in later. Buckets all over the place. Gift card from Home Depot came in handy.
Have been busy which explains the lull in posting the past week. But, there’s been a lull with the Mets, too.
Last I checked, they were hot after Derek Lowe. Their fourth starter priorities are Lowe, Oliver Perez and Randy Wolf. I thought Lowe would end up back with the Red Sox. Didn’t think the Mets would go that hard for him, but they are tired of Perez’s inconsistency.
A show of hands please … how many thought of last season when Oliver Perez morphed back into the “Bad Ollie,” last night?
Yup. Me too. Only they didn’t lose. Carlos Delgado wouldn’t let them. That Perez pitched lousy isn’t a good sign … that they didn’t unravel was a definite positive.
I also liked that David Wright and Jose Reyes showed signs of offensive life.
I’ll talk with you throughout the day.