This Series Was Not Going To Be A Big Deal
That is, unless the Braves won. I really felt like I was taken back in a time warp to 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005. The Mets were banged up, but so where the Braves. It came down to whos benches were better and the Mets bench was exposed for what it is. A horrible collection of players. Last year's bench was light years better and with the exception of Chris Woodward, no on has looked good whatsoever. The Mets bench simply is a detriment to this team.
As much as I thought Victor Diaz should be starting in AAA rather than sit on the bench, he should be in the bigs. Valentin should not be here and Keppinger and his weak slugging percentage is better off in his place until Anderson Hernandez is ready to come back. Really, this last series highlight two huge holes for the Mets to me. The starting rotation quality and depth and the bench being sub par. That lineup for the Mets last night was tough to watch and Endy Chavez and Jose Valentin in the lineup at the same time is simply inexcusable.
The Mets can ill afford to be giving away games like this and while Floyd and Beltran were out, it was almost like they were. If Delgado, Wright, or Nady were not going to get it yesterday, it wasn't going to get done by anyone else. It felt like years past when the Mets only shot to plate a run with was a long ball from the usual suspects. The Braves were not in better shape either but managed to outplay the Mets two days in row while they struggled to eek out six hits and two runs. That my friends, was a hideous performance and really went a long way to exposing the weakness of this team. All the good will from their 10-4 start has all but evaporated. This team is still a very good team and in first place. It is hard to complain with the way things look on the surface, but there certainly are things that cannot be ignored.
As I was just thinking about Lastings Milledge's great start, I was thinking to myself he would certainly be sitting in a comfy spot if the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet was out. As I moseyed on over to BA's site, what do I find? Lastings nestled in the two spot.
Slow starter in the past (hit .216 last April), but not this year. After just 193 Double-A at-bats he is raking in Triple-A while showing the best plate discipline of his career. Hitting .386/.491/.636 with six walks and seven strikeouts.
Anyone that is still doubting his ability to be an impact player in the bigs from day one is simply nuts. This kid can play.
It was. Can't argue with Castro here in his decision to run when the Mets collected only six hits in two days, but watching him run is painful.
True dat. It was a bad game for Wright, but he has looked great this year with the leather.
Harper has good left-handed power and an ability to hit to all fields. He's a tad old for a prospect, and he's burdened with platoon issues. However, last season he tallied 36 homers across two levels. At first, Harper's defense is adequate at best, and even in the best of circumstances he'll need a platoon partner. Still, the sock from the left side will come in handy for some team (although it's hard to imagine his cracking the Mets' roster any time soon).
I like Harper, but c'mon. Is first base really that weak in the minors?
Justin Huber stops in at number three.