Oh yes, the New York Baseball Mets are three and one half games out of first place after a week in which they have beaten Oswalt, Johnson and Webb. They have the tough task of Pettite and Clemens ahead, but me oh my the Mets have been inspiring since Floyd has come back. Kaz Matsui is leveling off and for the most part becomming a consistant player, you have a nice platoon of Garcia and Spencer in right field. Piazza is doing alright, but should improve over the course of the season with more time away from behind the plate how that he has achieved his record. The Mets are yet to have Jose Reyes play a game this year which when he comes back (if he EVER comes back) will be a huge lift for the ballclub.
But the most surprising stat of all is the New York Mets lead the league in starting pitcher preformances that allow 2 ER or less. The starters have been quite fun to watch, especially the top three in Glavine / Leiter / Trachsel. Seo looks to be regaining his form and while the 5th spot is a toss up at this point if they can get any one guy to fill in with some sense of consistancy the rotation will be one of the top rotations in the league. Loooooooper has been a good surprise, yet to allow an earned run while shutting the door with ease at every oppurtunity.
Don't look now but could Monte have been right when he saw this team as this year's Florida Marlins? Good defense, somewhat of a good balance between veteran leadership and youth. Hmmmm...
Originally posted by MonteDon't look now but could Monte have been right when he saw this team as this year's Florida Marlins? Good defense, somewhat of a good balance between veteran leadership and youth. Hmmmm...
Probably not, because while Leiter has been amazing this year, he only has one win. They're going to actually have to hit to remain in contention.
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Call me when they're .500. You can't lose two out of three to the Brewers and then split with the D-Backs and be taken seriously just yet. They're 3.5 games out in a division with some seriously struggling teams (Marlins and Phillies), and it looks like maybe Philly is coming out of their doldrums and are playing to their potential.
The Mets need some better pitching, either from their current starters (I'd like to see James Baldwin remember how he used to be pretty good), or from guys they bring in with a trade or from the minors. And now Al Leiter is hurt, and will miss his next start. I'm sure this will be a problem for him all season long.
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Originally posted by Roy.The Mets need some better pitching either from their current starters (I'd like to see James Baldwin remember how he used to be pretty good), or from guys they bring in with a trade or from the minors.
Throw in that he's going to be 32 years old and has some arm issues, and it adds up to James Baldwin sucks.
Glavine and Trachsel will carry their end, and I'm inclinded to say Jae Seo is going to be fine, but I don't know either. One of the reasons the Mets are continually in this state is because they cycle guys like Baldwin and Scott Erickson through the rotation instead of sticking with guys like Jae Seo and Aaron Heilman. Truly, there is no reason to rush prospects, but Aaron Heilman's 25 years old now. They had David Cone on last year's team for god's sake.
The Mets haven't learned anything since the 2002 fiasco. They added Mo Vaughn, Robbie Alomar, Jeromy Burnitz, Pedro Astacio, Roger Cedeno and Shawn Estes and everyone thought they were contenders. It just didn't work. So last year, it's Tom Glavine, Cliff Floyd and Mike Stanton.
Out of all those players, only the three that came over last year remain on the current team. That's really shoddy team management, though to be fair Vaughn had to retire, and that isn't their problem (well, kind of, they knew the risk in acquiring big fat Mo and his big fat salary)
This year, Kaz Matsui came over despite them having a fine young shortstop that they weren't paying a lot of money, they got Mike Cameron, added two fourth outfielders in Garcia and Spencer to split time in right (this is not that bad since it's a straight platoon split), and even went so far as to bring back freaking Todd Zeile, who hasn't been a worthwhile hitter since 2000 (discounting his year in Colorado).
I know they don't have the richest farm system in all the land, but how about some rebuilding already. They lost 86 and 95 games the last two years trying the same things, and yet they give it a third go. There are players in their system that could use the opportunities they are wasting on guys like James Baldwin.
Yes, the Mets are doing well (IMO) and aren't the last place team a lot of people said they would be. Of course they had to go and beat Johnson and Oswalt this week who are BOTH on my fantasy team. And Leiter, who is also on my fantasy team has been lights out, but like wb said, he only has one win. *Sigh*
Floyd will give them a boost now that he's back. And they still don't have Reyes in the lineup, who is probably going to be their best hitter and the guy who sets the table. I think they'll be fine. They'll atleast be over .500 which is an improvement over the last two years so as long as they are going up I'll be happy.
Originally posted by QuezzyYes, the Mets are doing well (IMO) and aren't the last place team a lot of people said they would be.
I thought they'd remain in last place, and I'll admit I'm wrong. Not that the Mets are much better than I thought, but I didn't think Montreal would be this atrocious. As for the NL East, the Braves might have woken up. And the Marlins and Phillies didn't blow open the race when the opportunity was there.
These are desperate times. And desperate times call for desperate measures. Thus, its time to break out the Cubs/White Sox/Red Sox call to put the Kaiser back on the throne.
I'll go a step further and say I'd love to see the Yankees make a surge and make it a three-way dance. If the AL Central teams stay hot, I'd love to see the Yanks, Sox, and Rays all duke it out for a sole postseason slot.