Willie Bending His Own Rules?
Ramon Castro had a beautiful play in the 2nd inning in which he had to run to retrieve a pop fly next to the net behind home plate. Was anyone surprised that Piazza did not start? I certainly did not expect him too.
I know Willie does not favor personal catchers, but right now, I have to assume Pedro and Castro have a little spark working together. Not that Pedro has not dominated with Mike as the catcher because he's mowed down everyone, but with Mike's lack of production and his needing more days off in his advanced age, why not? Since Willie has said he does not like personal catchers and will most likely not bend that rule, I have a suggestion. Let Pedro have a personal catcher in big games and against big name pitchers. He will presumably get some days against lesser talent and there will be days where Piazza makes plenty of sense to be the starting catcher, but Castro gets the nod in big games.
Cliffy Vs LEFTIES
AB HR RBI AVG OBP
2002 154 10 24 .247 .304
2003 122 7 19 .262 .340
2004 113 1 14 .239 .296
2005 15 2 6 .400 .438 (through Wednesday's game)
389 18 57 .249 .313
Mienky Vs LEFTIES Vs RIGHTIES
AB AVG OBP SLG AB AVG OBP SLG
2002 152 .257 .361 .408 315 .263 .366 .384
2003 168 .280 .363 .482 319 .310 .408 .433
2004 123 .220 .304 .325 268 .246 .336 .362
2005 15 .333 .389 .600 36 .250 .325 .361 (through Wed)
443 .255 .346 .413 901 .275 .373 .395
Besides getting a rest day, the Mets starting lineup is basically immune to match ups. Of course some lefties or righties are absolutely devastating vs. a batter from one side of the plate, but those are few and far between and the true dominators dominate either side of the plate.
Healy: I'm not a doctor, but I he could lose a couple pounds.
Robinson: I was just going to say that...salad bar..
Does it get better than this?
Marlins ace Josh Beckett said he "wasn't pleased" that Victor Diaz was slow getting out of the box Wednesday on what Diaz thought was a home run, which surprised the Mets outfielder. "If he was my teammate," Diaz said, "he'd see that I don't have the speed out of the box like Jose Reyes or Juan Pierre."
Diaz, who wound up with a triple, did go into his trot a little early, but Randolph was willing to give him a "mulligan" even if Beckett did not.
"Maybe he's just -- because he hit it so hard," Randolph said.
After Diaz's two-homer night Tuesday against the Phillies, Mike Piazza turned to pitching coach Rick Peterson in the dugout and said, "He's got to be one of the best No. 8 hitters in the league right now."
To which Peterson responded, "Mike, I don't think they're ranked."
But this is strange:
Unless the Mets can trade Cameron, which is unlikely at this stage, they see Diaz as a 2006 solution once Floyd's contract expires at the end of this season. That's why the front office wants him to get more at-bats at Norfolk rather than bench time in the big leagues.
Floyd's contract runs through 2006.