Well there is growing sentiment amongst Mets fans that Willie is losing his mind by not batting LoDuca second at this point. Green is back and that is certainly better than what he has been runner out there, but staunch Willie supporters that I know are suddenly getting exasperated with Willie. "What the hell is going on with Willie" they say. The answer is I'm not sure. Of course that is not the reason why the Mets are losing and neither is his insistence on using Julio Franco as the first option off of the bench. But a call into WFAN was touching on that this weekend and posed the question how could this be a World Series team when Julio Franco is the first option off of the bench? The bench is extremely important for obvious reasons and having big spots squandered a on guy who came into Sunday's game batting .182 against lefties and .185 against righties is mind blowing. He is also is a potential rally killing double play machine with 51.4% of his at-bats ending with groundballs and 32.4% ending in a strikeout. Scary.
What is even scarier is the bullpen. Schoeneweis should never face a righty until he figures out what the hell is going on with him and the Mets only have four relievers with an ERA under 3.99 and only three that that are actually in the bigs. Also, Mota was supposed to give the Mets some help and he has struggled and just has not looked good. The Mets might have to have to starting looking at how Johan Santana, Joel Zumaya, Adam Wainwright, Jon Papelbon, Andrew Miller, etc. broke into the big leagues and look at a minor league starter as a member of this bullpen. Simply said, the bullpen has not been too effective of late. In April, only one reliever had an ERA over four. For the months of May and June, there were four relievers each month over four. Not a good trend.
One other thing that has come up lately was the observation that Tom Glavine just cannot pitch with a lead. If he gets a few runs, he gives them right back and simply has a penchant for only pitching well when the Mets do not give him run support. Also, Tom Glavine's effectiveness seems to be tied into him getting calls from the umpire. You pretty much know in the first inning what type of day it will be for Tom Glavine. If the ump is going to squeeze him or just call and a true strike zone, he is going to be roughed up. He simply does not have the stuff to pitch without getting the gifts he get back in the 90's. He is going to be hit or miss depending more on the umpire than on him and that is not very encouraging.
This Met team is a in a lull right now and they will wake up, but some glaring weaknesses have shown themselves during this stretch.
I've never seen Yankee fans get so excited a team that is one game under .500.
Do the Yankees look great right now? Yes. Have they gone 10-2 in their last twelve and still not gotten over .500? Yes. It is a long season and while they have a chance to make the playoffs and are certainly better than they have showed early on, there are some other pretty good teams. The Yankees will hit a rough streak just like the Mets have and lose ground again. It will be a back and forth struggle for them and their success has alarmingly been tied to Alex Rodriguez's production. As good as he has been and is, he will hit a lull again also.
Can I just say how happy I am to not be a Yankee fan?
"It's up to the money," Guillen said. "Money talks. I don't blame Buehrle if he tests the market and gets his money. That's his job. He should make as much money as he can because when he's not playing baseball, he's just another guy on the street."
And Buehrle is going to get paaaaaiiiid.
Negotiations with top pick Casey Weathers will resume this week. There are indications the Rockies would like Weathers to sign for less than $1.8 million - his slot number - because he lacks leverage as a college senior.
Not a good way to build goodwill with a young player. Then you are going to turn around and ask him for a reasonable extension beyond his arbitration years like Crawford, Baldelli, Wright, Sizemore, etc. got? Please.
"Jason's the best you can get," Suzuki said Sunday at AT&T Park. "I'm going to follow him and how he prepares himself, be around him a lot doing as much as I can."
I'd make sure he was just being diplomatic and follows him around to do the exact opposite. Jason Kendall actually approached the Athletics to rework his contract so he can stay around. So many players have no self awareness and I bet he is gracious enough to take a bit of a pay cut.