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Monday, April 30, 2007

First Two Bumps In The Road and Other Stories From The Weekend

- While no one will be soon comparing the short term losses of El Duque (shoulder bursitis, missing a start and on the DL) and Jose Valentin (ACL injury, looks like a month on the shelf) to the MASH unit in the Bronx, it will bear watching how well the Mets cope with these injuries.

The Mets don't have a lot of depth at starter (evidenced by the fact that it appears as though Chan Ho Park and his 7 plus era will be going for the Mets tonight). If another pitcher gets hurt (or Pelfrey has to be sent down with his chronic case of ineffectiveness) the Mets could be looking at a Chan Ho Park/Aaron Sele 4/5 spot. I hope Delgado and Wright wake up soon because the Mets will be needing a lot more runs.

Valentin will assumedly be replaced by Easley with Anderson Hernandez and his eight errors coming up to fill the bench spot. Valentin is a very capable hitter and was playing great second base so far 9one error - many beautifully turned double plays) and he will be missed. Still he was the 8th place hitter and he can be replaced in the short term. Again, if Wright and Delgado bust out of their slumps, the Mets will be fine until they can get Valentin back.

- Speaking of the Mets, what to make of Aaron Heilman? Last year, I thought and observed that he was pitching pissed off that he wasn't starting and it seemed to affect his pitching and concentration. This season he seems to be pitching with a complete lack of confidence and diminished stuff. His fastball at times could get up to 95 last year doesn't seem to be reaching over 93. And it looks very flat. When he goes out there to hold a lead, I have no confidence he's going to get it done. Yesterday, he loaded the bases and had to get pulled for Schoenweis to get a huge out in the 8th. I am starting to feel as though the Mets will bridge to Wagner by committee until someone established themselves as a very reliable 8th inning guy.

- And speaking of wright, he has shown some slight improvement. I believe he is one home run away from really breaking out. Though I am more concerned about him than I am about Delgado.

- In football news, the Jets wheeled and dealed and turned their draft into a possible starting corner (perhaps the closest thing to a shut down corner in the draft) who has been compared to Ty Law (and hopefully not because he takes a lot of illegal contact penalties) and a run stuffing interior linebacker projected by some to go in the late first round to the Patriots. While they were unable to fill holes at DT, DE, TE and third WR, still they seem to be heading in the right direction to compete for the 2009 Super Bowl (I don't think they have a realistic chance this year - actually no one does - unless New England implodes under the weight of the shaky character people they brought in since the offseason began).

- Kudos to the New York Rangers who outplayed Buffalo the majority of Game 3 and then managed to score in overtime to get themselves back in their second round series. If they can ride the garden faithful to a win on Tuesday night, then it's anyone's series. If they lose, it's over. I think Buffalo is more talented but the Rangers play a great team game and if they can get the top 2 lines scoring, they have a good chance.

4 Comments:

  • The injuries to Valetin and especially to El Duque were predictable.

    Wright and Delgado look terrible.

    I agree the Jets goal is to break through in 2008. They will need to be more aggressive in free agency nexr year, and for whomever is at QB to play very well. 2007 is not impossible, but admittedly a longshot at least as of today.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:01 PM  

  • On paper, I'd say New England looks unbeatable this year. Of course, that's why they play the game, so head cases like Randy Moss canscrew up the teams chemistry and cause them to implode.

    I really feel like Wright is one home run away from bisting the slump. But the way he's pressing, i'm not sure when that HR will come.

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:27 PM  

  • I don't see Moss screwing up team chemistry. It's wishful thinking on the Jets part. If he somehow does, NE will simply cut him.

    Aaron Heilman is one 1-2-3 inning away from stardom. That will happen when Juan Padilla returns to Shea.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:59 PM  

  • I assume your heilman line was a joke, as Padilla is scheduled to return in 2022.

    By Blogger Elster, at 1:57 PM  

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