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Monday, May 21, 2007

Looking Back, Part II

How can you argue it wasn't a successful homestand? The Mets went 7-3, showed the upstart brewers who is boss and took two out of three from the Yankees to boot.

Sure I feel disappointed that the Mets failed to take advantage of Tyler Clippard - who looked like he should have been sweating his bio exam tomorrow, not stifling the Mets for 6 innings. But overall, the Mets took care of business all series and all homestand long.

Couple of notes:

- While i do think it's safe to say the John Maine as Dwight Gooden honeymoon is over, let's realize that he's supposed to be the number 3 starter, not the ace. and he's a pretty good number three. While he's certainly starting to plummet back to Earth, he still has a fine, late moving fastball and he's just learning how to be a pitcher. No reason to think he can't go 14-9, 15-10 ish with a sub-four ERA. With Hernandez coming back and a big pre-trade deadline trade on the way, the Mets will be just fine (and yes, i guess I AM on the record as saying the Minaya should pull the trigger on a win now type deal if available).

- I remember many seasons when the Mets had to dig deep to win that embarrassment saving third game of the series to avoid a Yankee sweep. Doesn't feel too good, does it Yankee fans? The Mets are clearly the better team right now, though the Yankee's struggles are mystifying. They are too good to be this bad.

- I officially proclaim David Wright's slump over.

- I officially declare Carlos Delgado's slump to be worrisome.

- Endy Chavez does more with his limited at bats and irregular playing time than any Met in quite some time. He chips in with his bat, legs and glove. When Shawn Green eventually starts slumping (right around the time Alou finally returns from his injury of the month) Chavez can step right in and fill that breach. All without rapping lyrics that are disturbing to Mets brass.

- Damion Easley has been doing a very good job keeping the seat warm for Jose Valentin. It will be great to have him as a bench option when Valentin gets back. The Mets have a deep bench.

- Schoenweis looks like the winner of this years Jorge Julio "It Was Too Good To Be True, Some Of These Guys Are Going To Fall Apart Soon" bullpen collapse award. Previous winners include Aaron Heilman and, of course, Julio himself.


  • Who needs Heath ("Not A Willie Guy") Bell and Chad ("Too Much Money") Bradford when you have Scott ("Every More Money") Schoeneweis?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:02 PM  

  • So far, Smith has been an upgrade over Bradford. And Schoenweis/Bell is a wash. At least per Bell's performance last year, I have no idea how he is playing this year.

    Huge series opens tonight - Let's go mets

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:15 AM  

  • Also, slightly unfair to Heilman who pitched injured early and has been runless in 8 of his last nine. He';s had terrible outing holding leads againsy Atlanta this season so let's hope he gets another chance.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:25 AM  

  • Schoeneweis is the replacement for Bradford, notwithstanding the lefty/righty distinction.

    Yeah, Bell and Schoeneweis are a wash. 6.50 ERA same as a 1.42 ERA, right?

    I'd hold off before calling Smith an upgrade over Bradford, who has a career postseason ERA of 0.00 in 15 1/3 innings.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 3:35 PM  

  • Speaking of Julio, why does Willie keep using Julio (.172) Franco as his lead pinch hitter? Is Willie unaware that a 1.72 ERA is good but a .172 batting average is not?

    The bench still sucks.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 2:17 PM  

  • "The Mets have a deep bench."

    I just saw that absurd statement from you after posting the last comment.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 2:19 PM  

  • Easley (when Valentin is healthy), Chavez (when Alou is healthy) Castro, Gomez, - yes, that is a deep bench.

    Yes, Franco is currently struggling but he still has time to turn it around.

    By Blogger Elster, at 2:24 PM  

  • Valentin is out for a long time.

    Alou is healthy as often as you blog.

    Gomez does not have a hit off the bench is his career.

    Castro is not allowed to hit.

    Obviously you are too busy watching Lost and Gilmore Girls to have failed to notice that Franco cannot hit a fastball anymore. At most he can hit a soft liner to right field.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 2:52 PM  

  • It was nice taking two of three from the Mets again.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 6:19 PM  

  • You can thank Willie for the rubber game, JB.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:30 PM  

  • Valentin will be back next week. Gomez can play - you see that. Though he now hurt himself (along with Green - which means lots of playing time for Newhan which, in turn means - not good times.

    JB - Sadly for you, after taking 2 of three from the Mets, the braves are now even further behind (3.5 after Saturday) than they were to start the series.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:14 PM  

  • This was a good sports weekend for JB, as "New York" was swept.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 4:22 PM  

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