The Streak Ends At One
Despite homeruns from Wright, Hidalgo, and Keppinger, the Mets fell 8-5 to the Phillies ending their win streak at 1. They continue to live and die by the homer as all the runs scored were off home runs. Leiter was vintage Leiter throwing 96 pitches while walking four in four innings. He gave up eight hits and now owns a 3.21 ERA. In Al's last four starts, he has thrown 21.2 innings while giving up 17 runs and walking 15. He has also given up 28 hits in that span. It is hard not to look at Leiter's and Trachsel's second half numbers. It is a really cause for concern. Even Glavine has posted a 4.86 ERA putting 90 runners on base in 53.2 innings. He has also struck out only 23 batters while getting tagged to the tune of a .313 BAA. The Mets need to get younger in their rotation in 2005. A Glavine, Leiter, Trachsel trio in the rotation for 2005 could be a train wreck. The Mets had meaningful games for large part of the season and in 2005 they may have no meaningful games if their age keeps showing. Sometimes teams have to walk away from players. If the Mets had a young rotation they could afford to have a geriatric or two, but not three.
The only thing keeping me going is Wright and his 11th homerun. The numbers he'd put up over an entire season at age 21 is mind boggling. A top three of
is certainly something to look forward too, but Reyes health is too big of an x-factor.
Baeball America should be happy with their track record. They picked the likes of Doc Gooden, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Gregg Jefferies (twice), Eric Chavez, Joe Mauer, Josh Beckett, Manny Ramirez, Jose Canseco, Frank Thomas, etc and there is no reason to think Jeff Francis will not follow suit.
The Mets were waiting to hear news from Los Angeles, where pitcher Victor Zambrano was scheduled to have his right elbow examined by orthopedic specialist Lewis Yocum. The pitcher has already been examined by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., who found nothing structurally wrong with the elbow.
This is good news.
The Mets announced they had purchased the contract of outfielder Victor Diaz from Triple-A Norfolk. Diaz batted .292 with 24 homers and 94 RBI for the Tides and is expected to join the club in time for today's game.
THIS IS GREAT NEWS!
Today is an important day for a number of reasons. Since I have the inability to write with any eloquence and would not do it justice, you can read about remembrance here.