Let’s stay a bit positive today shall we. Our Meties have taken 3 of 4 games from the Fish are just 5 games away from the top spot in the NL East. Are the Mets a contender? That’s hard to say as no one in the division is a world beater and when you get the kind of starting pitching the Mets have received the past week it’s hard to dismiss them. The Nationals and Braves are at the top of the division and have better bats than the Mets but as far as pitching goes it’s pretty even.
The bullpen is so much better than it was the beginning of the season with Carlos Torres leading the pen men along with call ups Vic Black, Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland joining Juerys Familia, Gonzalez German and closer Jenry Mejia in a changed on the fly bullpen. I gave Sandy Alderson hell for putting together a lousy pen in the beginning of the season so I have to tip my Mets cap to him for fixing it as he did in mid-stream.
The tide on offense looks to be turning as well. I think even the most ardent Ike Davis supporters would admit that Alderson made the right move in dealing Ike and keeping Lucas Duda. Duda has looked very comfortable at the plate (maybe not so cozy at 1B but good enough) hitting with power and driving in runs and upping is OPS to .805. David Wright is finding his stroke as well and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that with Curtis Granderson and his hot bat along with Daniel Murphy batting 1-2 in front of Wright and Duda and days the Bobby Abreu hit behind him that have opposing pitchers having to pitch to Wright.
What has me bugged with the shortstop situation is the justification of playing Ruben Tejada over Wilmer Flores. Andy Boy Martino of the NY Daily News (can you believe that the price of that paper went to a buck and a quarter today? A BUCK and a QUARTER and that’s without the Night Owl Edition at Night and the Bulldog in the morning. A BUCK and a QUARTER !!!!) can count me as one of those fans infatuated with Flores and my glassy gaze is due to Flores hitting with power and driving in runs in the minors and Tejada never showing much of a bat at all. Is Flores the answer at shortstop? no and he seems to be another Mets prospect without a position but how much do you really lose defensively playing Flores over Tejada? Not much and you get a potentially potent bat in the lineup with Flores.
As for the catchers when Travis d’Arnaud comes back maybe today, the question is which catcher goes, Taylor Teagarden or Anthony Recker. How about DFA Teagarden, assign Recker to LV and call up both TDA and Juan Centeno?
I can’t remember the last time the Mets were on the road came home for two games then go back on the road.
Yeah this team is sucking me back in, can’t help it too many years a Mets fan will do that to a guy.
Its games like today where the Mets make me think wow maybe we can then a week later they kick me in the nuts danm it
— Stephen Keane (@kranepool) June 21, 2014