Obviously I’m extremely happy with the win last night especially with Livan Hernandez pitching like a prehistoric pitcher actually finishing a game, who does he thinks he is Roy Halliday? But we all need to remember that the opponent was one of the worst baseball teams to call it’s self a major league team since the Mets played in the Polo Grounds. I really didn’t want to piss on the parade here as I really enjoyed watching Livan Hernandez pitch as he couldn’t break a pane of glass with his fastball but his breaking ball had so much movement it looked like the ball was made of J-ELLO so it was a real pleasure watching that performance but it was the Nationals.

Hard to rate the first appearance of Fernando Martinez as the kid went from Buffalo to a plane trip to NYC to $iti Field in a matter of hours so you can just imagine the type of out of body experience he was going through but at least we know that he will be stationed in right field for at least the next two weeks so we can gauge him better by then.

From what I ‘ve read about Wilson Valdez he is all glove no stick which is fine as the Mets need to shore up the middle of the infield and all he cost was money. Being that it’s Johan against the Nationals tonight does Valdez get the start over Ramon Martinez tonight? I’d say so.

I better see Daniel Murphy at first base tonight. The kid can’t get out of his slump sitting on the bench.

Ollie Perez did nothing in Buffalo last night that would rush his return back to Flushing. The one thing in OP’s favor is that Tim Redding has been underwhelming to say the least .Interesting that the Mets have not announced the starting pitcher for Sunday game in Florida as with the day off Thursday they could skip Redding and go with Livan.

Great post by Ken Davidoff on his evaluation of Omar Minaya. I don’t want to say Minaya is an enigma but my mood on him changes almost weekly. Omar handling the DL infuriates me. Omar the talent evaluator is a plus in my book. Omar the public speaker makes my ears bleed. Omar the dumpster diver is without peer. When it comes time to seal the big deal, even the most anti Omar detractors will agree he has always closed the deal which brings me back to Daniel Murphy.

I really like Murphy and I want him to show what’s in that bat of his and the fact that he looks so comfortable at first base has me hoping he will break out with some big hits . J-Man and Omar need to sit down and decide to either let Murphy play everyday at first for the next two three weeks and then decide if he stays at the big league level or goes to Buffalo. As I say I like Murphy a lot but this is the big leagues and if it’s a question of the league having caught up to Murphy or the fact that he has been scared by playing left field then the brain trust has to make the determination if Murphy is THE GUY for first base or if he’s not and go out and make a deal for a big bat.

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  1. Omar during the broadcast last night. “You don’t want to put star players on the DL, because you won’t have them for a long period of time.” I’m not making that up, he said it. This is the guys who waits (May 13th Reyes injury, for example), lets him play 2 games (May 19th and 20th), then puts him on the DL, with a return date of June 5. If he had put Reyes on the DL on May 14th, Reyes would be healed and ready May 29th. You don’t DL players because they will be out a long time? Is he kidding? If I’m Jeff, and my GM says that on tv with his history of similar incidents to Reyes, I’d fire him before the start of the next inning. Every time he opens his mouth, his incompetence shows even more. I want to like the guy, but it is impossible. And let’s wait a bit before giving him too much credit for Livan. As Steve says, it was the Nats. If he throws a similar game in September against FL or ATL, then we should give Omar a star for Livan.

  2. Rich,

    I don’t necessarily disagree, but even against the Nationals someone has to get 27 outs and Livan did that all by himself. It’s a bonus to have a guy spare the bullpen for the night. It’s the one reason I preferred Hernandez over Redding or Figueroa or any of the other options.

    I like the way this team is constructed as compared with the previous years. The Mets have a good rotation and a solid bullpen. Not sure it’s quite as good as 2006, but I think the closer is better than the Mets had then. Even the loss of a starter that the Mets were probably counting on for 15 wins hasn’t been a big issue. (And, no, I haven’t forgiven Omar for burdening the team with OP’s contract.)

    Sheffield was a great signing. Even Ramon Martinez is looking acceptable as a third string shortstop.

    I wish there was more depth in the organization. I thought we’d see more homegrown talent coming through. I really thought Omar would build a solid youth program, but so far it’s not been great.

  3. By the way, anyone see Barcelona teach Manchester United a lesson last night? That was a great game to watch.

  4. kranepool says:


    It was nice to see Sir Alex’ boys get there come upins. Man U looked very flat in the first half as Barca came out flying like a basketball fast break. Maybe it was the all white uni’s I’m not used to seeing the Red Devils in white

  5. David in Manhattan says:

    Man United humbled on the big stage…finally!

    I have to admit, my fav team in the English Premiership is crosstown rival Man City, so I already have an anti-United predisposition… but I enjoyed seeing mighty United so exasperated and ineffective, and Barcelona looked great.

    Arriba Messi, and Barcelona!

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