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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Not a great day to share rooting interests with Elster. First up, thew one o'clock time slot, where the Mets completed a dismal series against the Phillies, getting swept in their own house and letting their comfortable six and a half game lead shrink to 3 and a half. This series had it all, bad relief pitching, horrible defense, untimely hitting - a potpourri of reasons why the Mets don't look like a team that can make noise in October.

On the bright side, David Wright became just the third 30/30 player in Met history, and continues to make a strong case for MVP honors. Pedro was real sharp in his no decision Saturday, striking out 9 and looking unhi-table at times. And more importantly, the Mets can beat up on crappy teams for a while (Marlins, Nats) and hopefully fatten up the lead again with under 15 to play).

Now to Baltimore, where a game that looked like it was going to be a fiasco instead became a last minute nail biter. Kellen Clemens shook off early game jitters and lead the Jets on a nice comeback at the end, throwing for about 175 yards in the fourth quarter alone and coming within two Justin McCareins drops of tying the score and completing a comeback. Instead, the Jets lost 20-13.

I had predicted the Jets start the season 0-2 so there is really no reason to panic. Instead, here are some causes for concern and optimism as we head into week 3:

Concern:

- The offensive line is having issues. They cannot open up holes for Thomas Jones and they were having trouble protecting Jets quarterbacks until the fourth quarter of game 2. They will have to get much better fast in order for this team to do anything. I'm not saying D'brikashaw Ferguson is a bust but he certainly is not Jonathan Ogden either.

- The Jets front 7 can't generate any pressure on the quarterbacks. It's one thing to be stopped by the Pats and Tom Brady, but quite another to let a Jonathan Ogden-less Ravens line keep Kyle Boller's jersey spotless.

- The Jets defense has no takeaways in 2 games.

- The Jets running game has looked really flat to start the season. See offensive line, above.

Positives:

- How about that Mike Nugent. His kickoffs are longer and his accuracy much improved. Sure he missed today, but he missed from 53 yards away, making a 50 yarder and a chippy. Maybe he was worth the high pick after all.

- The Jets may have found a real keeper in quarterback Kellen Clemens. He did look lost for three quarters but you could sort of see it coming together for him in the fourth. The line started blocking better and he started winging the ball around like a latter-day Joe Namath.

I'm seven and a half points down to Lou the Toe in fantasy football. I still have my kicker and London Fletcher going for me and he had a nose tackle. Should be pretty close.

9 Comments:

  • I agree with most of your points. A few responses:

    1. "I had predicted the Jets start the season 0-2 so there is really no reason to panic."

    It is very hard to make the playoffs after starting 0-2. A loss next week pretty much ends our playoff hopes.

    2. "the Mets can beat up on crappy teams for a while (Marlins, Nats) and hopefully fatten up the lead again with under 15 to play)."

    Alas, crappy teams won't play the Mets in the playoffs - assuming the Mets don't completely implode and lose the NL East.

    3. "I'm not saying D'brikashaw Ferguson is a bust but he certainly is not Jonathan Ogden either."

    He was a #4 pick - if he's not a dominant left tackle he's a bust. If we wanted an average OL, we could have drafted someone else in the 3rd round, or better yet, kept Kareem McKenzie (who's better than average) after 2004.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:18 PM  

  • 1. Agreed, but the sights were set at 9-7 and no playoffs this season

    2. Mets are not currently a team built to make noise in the playoffs. It's not the talent, it seems to be the psyche.

    3. Agreed. i'm hoping he grows into it.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:23 PM  

  • 1. "sights were set at 9-7 and no playoffs this season"

    Huh? That was your prediction. The goal should certainly be playoffs.

    2. Mets not built to make noise in the playoffs despite drawing 3.4 million fans and SNY making tens of millions? Pathetic, and Omar and Willie deserve the blame.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 11:29 PM  

  • 1. Of course the TEAM's sights should be to make the playoffs. I'm referring to MY prediction, as well as the feact that we all saw this 0-2 start coming.

    2. Willie's managerial negatives have really been exposed this season. I would no longer be surprised if he gets fired by Omar after the season if the team fails to make it to the World Series. This is a very good baseball team being undone by a lack of killer instinct and bad on field decisions (both willie's fault) and a weaker bullpen than last year's (Minaya's fault). With a better manager, the mets are 10 or 12 games in first right now, if not more. Eevn the players are openly questioning his decisions.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:47 AM  

  • I doubt Willie will be fired this season. If the Mets are struggling next May he'll be in trouble.

    Bobby V would be perfect for this Mets team.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:57 AM  

  • The problem with valentine is that he alienates as manyt people as he engenders. We wouldn't want him making Pedro or Beltran upset. Beltran needs maximum happiness to be effective. Otherwise, I think he'd be a good choice for this ballclub.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:10 AM  

  • The other "problem" with Valentine is he takes guys like Rick Reed, Benny Agbyani, Timo Perez, Turk Wendell, Todd Pratt Dennis Cook, etc. etc., and makes them into very productive players. Can you name one current Met who is overachieving thanks to Willie?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:34 AM  

  • Rubin Gotay? Endy Chavez? Ramon castro?

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:53 AM  

  • He insists that Gotay sucks and refuses to use Castro. Chavez was a nice pickup by Omar who now indeed sucks.

    Bobby V would never keep starting Shawn Green.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 11:03 AM  

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