Well, Jorge Sosa's stats do not quite look all perty like anymore. His ERA went from 2.65 to 3.42 to 4.22 in three successive starts and culminating with yesterday's stinker against the Twins. Of course it is hard to get upset about any loss when Johan Santana is on the mound, but the the Mets are in dire need of taking a series. Oliver Perez who has been the Mets stopper year has the chance to help the Mets win their first series in six series.
Yes, their first series in six series. If they lose today, it will be six straight losing series and what is more unbelievable is the fact the Mets are still 1.5 games in front of the Braves who have failed to capitalize on the Mets horrendous play of late. The Phillies made up some ground, but not all that much. That cannot exactly make them feel great about their current standing in the baseball universe, but it's about time the Mets put some lipstick on this pig actually win a series.
What concerns me is this continual downard spiral of the bullpen. The Mets box score had these numbers appear next to their pitching: 4.05, 5.26, 6.00, and 6.04. I know Mota is still working his way back into shape, but to be successful, they need to have these guys pitch better and the Mets need more 3's next to some names. Of course if you cannot hit it is a moot point, but that seems like something that just has to come around because of the depth of this lineup.
I am infatuated with Joe Morgan. Really, really infatuated.
John Brookfield, WI: Do you believe the brewers will contend through the allstar break and if so what position do you see them seeking at the deadline?
SportsNation Joe Morgan: I think they will contend. They are as good as anyone in that division. They need to get back to playing consistent baseball. They do need some starting pitching, but I am not sure what they would be willing to give up for that. But they will stay in the race throughout the season.
Ever hear of Yovani Gollardo? That rotation is shaping up nicely and Bush is throwing better as well. Their starting pitching surely will not be the problem.
Pedro Martínez, who is recovering from surgery on his right rotator cuff, threw 55 pitches Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in the fifth outing of his rehabilitation. The Mets are hoping that Martínez can return to the roster in August.
Any deal, though, would likely have to involve top New York prospect Lastings Milledge, an outfielder, and at least one top pitching prospect such as Mike Pelfrey or Philip Humber -- a price that might be too steep for the Mets.
The Mets are still a top five ERA team despite their spiraling of late. I would love to add another solid starter and I would even consider moving Milledge to do it provide there is a legitimate chance the guy can be signed for '08. However, Lastings and Pelfrey/Humber for a possible 1/2 year rental? Simply nuts. Frankly just Lastings would be overpaying. Let us not forgot the bullpen is more of the problem here.
Outfielder Lastings Milledge is swinging a bat and running as he recovers from a broken foot. ... Pitcher Dave Williams (back surgery) is on track for a rehab start next week. ... Outfielder Moises Alou (left quad) is in the midst of a 10-14 day holding pattern on the advice of Dr. David Altchek, after which Alou will be reevaluated for clearance to begin rehabilitation in Florida.
Lasings!!! Let's go baby. Get back so we can see what you got.