Jon Niese has had a fine season, sure there needs to be improvement in areas as locating his pitches down to induce more ground balls and bring down that hits to innings pitched split (165.1 IP/177H) but all in all Niese looks like a guy who will gives you chance for a well pitched game at every start. But right now he’s tired. Niese has pitched 165.1 innings this season, a season where he had a little setback with hamstring trouble, the same hammy that ended his season early last year, so with that piece of history and the fact he’s hinting that he’s short arming the ball a bit and dropping arm angle, signs of fatigue that they are, why not shut him down for the season. Give The Thief Niese’ next start, which will be in Florida. Don’t worry no one will be there to notice.
Last year after the NY Football Giants last game of the season which ended a second half from hell, Giants owner John Mara was asked about the team finishing 8-8. Mara said there are good 8-8 seasons and bad 8-8 seasons and that was a horrendous 8-8 and an embarrassing 8-8. I wouldn’t call the Mets road to finish .500 an embarrassment because from the winter on I didn’t have much faith the team would compete for a postseason berth but the way the team played in the first half of the season had me rethinking my position on that. But then right after the All-Star break the team showed its true colors and wallowed in the wading pool of mediocrity. So as this season winds down, the last few weeks are not as bad as last year where the team just dogged it and used injuries as a crutch, for the most part the team competes ever night. But the fan base is tired and close to being burnt out. So for a needed break I’ve been more concerned about the NY Rangers and happy that training camp is open just to see some of the young guns that Slats Sather is telling us will make this team. Ah youth, ain’t it grand.
That’s the one thing as a Mets fans that is keeping me going and anxious about what changes will be made in the front office and in the dugout. You could sell me right now on a total youth movement.
The best part of the Joe Torre news of his departure from the Dodger dugout, is the expression from Highlander fans with their beloved Donnie Baseball taking over as Bums skipper. If you ran a poll of Highlander fans between the ages of 40-50 years old and asked, of the two Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly, who is your favorite Highlander, the results would surprise you. While the Mets were lighting up the town in the 80’s Mattingly was all the Highlander fans had. I’m sure most of the ones who watched Mattingly Era wish the news was Donnie Baseball was headed home to run the Bombers.
If Joe Torre becomes the Mets manager for a second go round, this site will morph into the Dick Dietz Society.
“Leave them alone and they’ll come home hitting home runs beside them.”