The Only Thing I Can Do....Is Drink My Own Pee
If you watched Man vs. Wild last night, you would have seen Bear Grylls drink his own pee as he was showing us how to survive in the Australian Outback. Basically, he did not have any water and needed to drink pee for hydration. Sometimes you have to do drastic things to survive., which leads me to the Mets.
As Gary stated during the game last night, the Mets have played 84 games this season and have not won a game in which a starter gave up more than three runs since May 17th when Jason Vargas gave up five runs and the Mets were still able to pull out a victory. That was the 40th game of the season and since then, they have played 45 games. With this team and this offense, that should be unthinkable. What that means is that the offense is just not consistent and bullpen has been lettering things get away and possibly that this team has been giving up when they are behind.
If the Mets are unable to beat teams if their starters give up more than three runs, they simply are not going to win many games. If you take the games played from the beginning of the season to that point that have a .650 winning percentage in forty games and they have a .467 winning percentage since then. At this point, you would have to side with the discouraging second half of the games played to identify what type of team the 2007 Mets more closely resembles. I did have another post about John Maine being left off the All-Star team, but I had to eschew that for some complaining and more precisely, Emad's rant.
My clamoring for Milledge speaks to my extreme frustration with the composition and performance of this team.
I'm sick of watching one ancient mediocrity after another play day after day. Stache is only playing to pick up his option for 2008. Willie refuses to play Gotay, despite the fact that a healthy Gotay is better than a comprimised Stache. Maddening. It would take Green hitting under .200 before they ever made him the platoon player he deserves to be at this point.
Milledge needs time in the minors. He's had very few AB's this year. We shouldn't expect him to light the house on fire immediately. I doubt Willie will give him enough rope if he struggles out of the box.
Oh, one last thing...
CAN WE DRAW A FUCKING WALK... BELTRAN SWINGING AT PITCHES IN THE DIRT... ITS DRIVING ME BATTY...
Reyes getting pulled for watching Mike Lamb walk to first on a groundball he hit pretty much
sums up the frustration everyone is feeling. You hate to use the word desperation for a first place team, but they are barely hanging on. The Mets truly need to shake something up before this season slips away. They are in first, but we all know that is more of a function of bad competition than solid play on the Mets end. They now own the worst winning percentage of any first place team in the big leagues.
Some fresh faces would not hurt in the form of Pedro Martinez or Moises Alou. I'm not suggesting they will turn things around and carry the team, but this team needs a spark and it is hard to see it coming from the current group.
Trouble in Firstplaceland, as Carlos Gomez and Bill Hall both are out for a long stretch, Gomez with a fractured hamate and Hall with a severe ankle injury. Funny thing about Gomez: The reviewers have been raving, but the guy's got a .636 OPS. The Mets would almost have to try to find a replacement who hits as poorly as Gomez. As for Hall, he'll be missed, but the Brewers can survive with Tony Gwynn Jr. and Gabe Gross in center field.
Of course that is not exactly fair as we are talking about ability when it comes to Gomez (aren't we always?) and we are seeing him flash that tremendous ability. I think we all agree it is a bit early for him to be getting that much playing time and let's be honest, he would still be in AAA if it weren't for injuries to Lastings and Moises. Besides, were many people saying how hard it would be replace Alex Gordon's .612 OPS after his dismal April and when it only got worse May? No. You let young guys play through it as everyone is not going to be Hunter Pence or Ryan Braun when they come up.
As for people wondering how Gomez’s hand injury will affect him, Troy Tulowitzki broke his hamate during his final season in college. He missed twenty games and returned and did all right. No need to worry about residual effects of this injury and Carlos should be fine. Maybe not 100% in ’07, but he should be fine when it counts next year.
Q: steve from scotia asks:
jim what do you think of the mets draft i love the idea of young cheap relievers being in the mets bullpen the next few years
A: John Manuel: Kunz is a great pick, he can move quickly and gets LH hitters out with his changeup and slider. I don't think they took all relievers, Vinyard and Moviel have a chance to start, but I'm not a Rustich fan, the guy doesn't throw strikes and still hasn't gotten over that finger issue that bothered him last year. He has 3 plus pitches at times, but he lacks pitchability. The rest of their slate hasn't excited me frankly.
Outscored by 34-12 during a sweep by the Colorado Rockies — the most runs allowed in a three-game series in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — the Mets were still dealing with the aftereffects when they arrived at Minute Maid Park.
Wow. I thought it was ugly, but monumentally ugly?
“I’m back,” he says, his eyes beaming, his words a little louder just to be sure you hear him. “I’ve got my velocity. I can throw my fastball against guys. Even when they’re looking for it, I can throw it by them. I feel really, really strong like I did before.”
....and even Jason Kendall hit a homer while even saving enough energy for another extra-base hit in the same week.
When a success is followed by ten days off, people get confused. Pedro Martinez threw a great simulated game and now moves into a new phase of rehab, one where he goes from strengthening for function to conditioning for action. Pitching is a very specific activity and while Martinez has certainly been preparing for that during his shoulder rehab, it's a different process to actually get ready to pitch—saying that he's "doing spring training" is a vast oversimplification. It's a different process altogether, so while it is counterintuitive for him to take off time to "recharge" (as the Mets are calling it), it's the accepted move. More than anything else, the Mets are making sure that they do this right.