Randon Tidbits 7-14-07
Omar indicated that he was disappointed with the approach the hitters were taking to the plate as the reason for letting Down go. But I think he also sent a message to Willie that he is not as patient as Willie and wants to see Willie do more than just wait for slumps to end by themselves. When a dealer in Vegas gets in a slump and starts to lose they don’t wait for him to pull himself out of it. They replace him with someone else. They realize it’s all psychological and are proactive not inactive. With the Mets the hitters may work with the hitting coach but nothing else seems to be done to change the team’s psych. While in baseball you can’t change the player as Vegas does with the dealer the manager of a baseball team can take steps to change the player’s daily routine and batting order in an effort to get them out of their rut. But Willie has developed an approach based on his many years in baseball and believes in it. So no matter what message Omar sends, Willie will most probably not change his approach to his job.
LM does not have CG’s speed or arm or smoothness in the outfield. But when LM makes contact the ball jumps off his bat. The same cannot be said for CG’s offense.
Right now there are no easy teams for the Mets. To make matters worse they go on the road to SD and LA. The Braves stay home and play teams they should beat up on. If the Mets are still in 1st place after they finish with SD and LA they will run away with the division. If the Mets continue their present style of play they will fall out of 1st and the rest of the season could be a struggle.
Good take on the Willie situation because he is the type of guy who doesn't believe in shake-ups. As stated before, he gets something in his head and it is nearly impossible to change his mind. That is really, really, really something that I do not like because sometimes you have to be bit more proactive than he is at times to try and get things moving.
100% agree with your LM and CG statement. Also, CG seems to be swinging out of his shoes too much.
The Mets have no more breathing room and they need to be in first for mental reasons as much as anything. To give the Braves a lot of confidence could be a dangerous thing.
I do think he is looking around and seeing Omar's footprint on this team. His only guy is gone. The entire staff was hand picked by the GM and that is certainly a rarity. I do not think Willie is entirely loved by the front office and Omar is firmly in control of this team.
In regards to Rickey, I think that 'Rickey loves Rickey' routine has taken on a life of its own. The Newark Bear players might not be pros, but their comments mean a lot since not many of us really know what he can offer.