What, me worry?
The answer is yes, I worry.
"For the most part, we're just getting ready for the big dance," manager Willie Randolph said.
Winning would be nice to help get ready. I wasn't too concerned with the Mets huge lead and how it would affect them previously because they were still just showing up and killing teams. Now? Not so much. Yes, they have had their B team in most of the time with their starters getting a lot of rest, but their starting pitching has not been overly sharp lately and they have just looked flat. In the last twelve games, they have only scored over four runs once and scored four or more only twice.
Mets 93 62 .600Since Sept. 15th
Phillies 82 73 .529
Padres 83 72 .535
Dodgers 82 74 .526
St. Louis 80 74 .519
Mets 3 6 .333Since Sept. 1st
Phillies 7 1 .875
Padres 7 2 .778
Dodgers 4 5 .444
St. Louis 2 6 .250
Mets 10 12 .455If the season ended today, the Cardinals would be the Mets opponent in the first round. That is a good thing. They are the only team in the playoff picture that has been colder than the Mets. The Dodgers have been struggling, but I think they will ultimately miss out on the playoffs. However, if the Cardinals put a streak together at the end and finish above the Padres, the Mets could be facing one of the hottest teams in the league in round one.
Phillies 15 7 .682
Padres 15 6 .714
Dodgers 10 12 .455
St. Louis 8 13 .381
After that, the Mets could quite possibly have to play the hottest team of late in the Phillies. The benefits of finishing so far ahead are numerous. However, I'm not sold that they outweigh the benefit of staying sharp and having something to play for. The teams that were in a sprint to the finish and are firing on all cylinders might have a clear advantage over a team that might show up rather complacent. The first round is a best of five series and a team that is far and away the best team in the league could get their doors blown off by a hot team with hot pitching.
"We're a little bit in that honeymoon phase," Wright explained. "We're giving some guys a rest now to get them 100 percent healthy, but we're going to need to step this thing up and get rolling. To me, this is the first step of the playoffs, you need to get clicking to give you that momentum you need to have in the playoffs."
There are seven games left. The Mets need to be fully staffed and have their starters in for just about all of those games so they can get back into a groove. As of now the Mets are flat and boring. A hot streak at the end to send the team off to the playoffs is vital in my opinion. I would not want the Mets to roll in the playoffs playing they way they are now. They need to end the season on a high note and they need to get going.
"I could barely feel the ball in my hand (I was so nervous)," Humber said. "It was a surprise. I'm just thankful. They didn't have to give me a shot. Just being up here was cool, but being able to get my feet wet was pretty special."
"Tryouts were in spring training," Trachsel said. "I've got 15 wins. If 15 wins is not enough then I don't know what else to tell you."
Well, 15 wins might be enough and it might not. Trachsel doesn't want to hear the question and Willie Randolph, who ultimately holds the answer, isn't saying either.
Problem #1 with Steve's argument: John Maine, his main competition, has only fourteen starts to his thirty. Give them both thirty starts and I think things are not as cut and dry as he thinks in terms of the all important win.
Problem #2 with Steve's argument: His fifteen wins might have something to do with a his 6.61 runs of offensive support in his starts. Call me crazy, but I think that plays a large part.
Problem #3 with Steve's argument: Wins are nice, but his 1.01 K/BB, 4.32 K/9, 1.60 WHIP, and .288 BAA are puke worthy and should not sniff a post season start.
I have zero faith in his incapable arm and I don't even want to mention his OPS against because it is early in the day and everyone might throw up.
The New York Mets announced today that first baseman Mike Carp was named the Sterling Minor League Organizational Player-of-the-Year, while righthanded pitcher Mike Devaney earned Sterling Pitcher-of-the-Year honors.