Hey Sandy Alderson Go Get Your Friend Harvey

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So our All Star break was thrown into chaos yesterday and we can’t even blame this one on Tony LaRussa. When the news broke about Dillon Gee going to the hospital with a shoulder problem, I knew that it wasn’t a structural injury because we saw no sign of anything of that nature in his start on Sunday plus he would not have gone to the ER for that.  What popped into my head first was David Cone and his suffering of an aneurysm in his arm back in 1996. It seems Gee’s blood clot is not as severe as what Cone suffered but because they had to perform a cauterization to break up the clot and not just give him blood thinners gives me the idea that this is still very serious and could be a season ending event for Gee.

Forget the baseball part of this for a moment, how scary it must have been for Gee and his wife that not only did he have to head to the ER to get checked out but to have it happen at the All Star break with most of the Mets brassi n KC and teammates off on their own.  Hopefully Gee will be ok and between the procedure and medication this will be a onetime freak occurrence.

So what do the Mets do if Gee is out for longer than 1 or 2 starts? The first out cry from the fan base was to scream for Sandy Alderson to bring up Matt Harvey and while Harvey has shown some improvement with his command of pitches and has improved his strikeout rate, his walks per 9 innings is still close to 4 and the Mets would love to see him get more experience in Buffalo.

If Gee misses a start or three the team can survive with Jeremy Heftner and a few strategic off days but if this is a situation where Gee needs further surgery, the Mets may not have a choice but to bring up Matt Harvey to take Gee’s spot.

I don’t worry about Harvey handling the pressure of joining the big league club as it fights for a post season spot. From what we saw and heard of Harvey in spring training, he seems to be a real confident guy and a young guy who asks a lot of questions and absorbs information like a sponge.

When you look at Harvey and compare him to Dillon Gee, I think Harvey can pitch as well as Gee, if not better right now, so if this is going to be a sustained absence by Gee, the Mets best and maybe only option is Matt Harvey.

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So Listen Mr. D.J., Pack Your Bags

It was a bad night all around for the Mets, in particular Johan Santana, who pitched another gem and left without a win, the Mets bullpen which imploded once again, for D.J. Carrasco who had to confess his sins to Terry Collins and David Wright before the game and asked to be used in pressure situation in late innings got his wish and pitched like shit and mercifully Sandy Alderson did a mea culpa and cut his ass after the game.

Collins did not have a great game either when it came to bullpen management. Heads were on swivel at Citi Field last night when Bobby Parnell did not come out to pitch the 8th inning after a just a 5 pitch one batter K in the 7th. I was waiting to see Parnell come out the dugout but instead Jon Rauch ran in from the bullpen. I know Collins is trying to keep everyone in their role but so far this bullpen has been dreadful with only Parnell and Tim Brydak pitching effectively so why not let Parnell start the 8th and have Rauch up just in case ? I love all the positive spin that comes from the Mets clubhouse but its games like last night that has many in the fan base unconvinced that this positive first two months is real.

With Jason Bay getting back to baseball activity, the speculation is on as to who will be chucked once Bay comes back to the big league team.  The club is making it known that Ike Davis will not be shipped upstate so he’s safe. Mike Baxter is more than safe with his uncanny ability to get a hit off the bench to match his speed and defensive ability he has become a very valuable piece to the 2012 Mets. That leaves Scott Hairston and Kirk Nieuwenhuis as the last options to be re-assigned.

Nieuwenhuis’ bat has cooled as he has gone 8 for his last 33 (.242) but no one expected him to hit at the pace he has and even though his strikeout rate is high he still gets on base at a decent .367 clip. Kirk also plays terrific defense and can play all three outfield positions and he has added toughness to the team that has been sorely needed.

Hairston biggest plus is he’s a right handed hitter with some pop and that is in short supply on this team. The other RH on the bench right now are Rony Cedeno and Justin Turner but if Hairston was traded to make room for Bay’s return you could platoon Bay and Nieuwenhuis in LF so on days a right-hander pitches you’d still  Bay and his righty bat ready off the bench.

I guess it comes down to do the Mets feel it’s better to have Nieuwenhuis play every day in Buffalo  and have him ready if another outfielder goes down or leave him here in a platoon in LF and to spell Andres Torres in centerfield. I’d go with the Bay/Kirk platoon myself and make Hairston expendable. Stay tuned!

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ANBODY HERE SEEN MY OLD FRIEND DAVID, CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE HE’S GONE ?

The easy thing to do today is to pile on David Wright for his hat trick strikeout night and his throwing error that cost the Mets the game last night but I’m not hopping on that band wagon. I’m not saying there isn’t anything wrong with Wright, there is as his strikeout rate makes Dave Kingman look like Rod Carew and his defense has been sub-par,  maybe he is still spooked by the beaning he took from Matt Cain last season, maybe HoJo has done more harm than good with his work with Wright. I have no idea what’s keeping Wright from busting out, maybe another season of shouldering the burden of carrying the offense is too much of a beast of burden, maybe there is something physically wrong that he’s not talking about or maybe there is something going on in his personal life that’s eating at him, I’m just a fan like you so I have no answer but the sad part of this is the manager and front office have no clue on what’s wrong with Wright, and that is the biggest part of the problem.

J-Man after the game last night hinted that he felt Wright needs a day or two off and Wright responded with a loud “Hell No” so it’s good to see he still has a flame burning and I agree with Wright for two reasons, one as long as he is healthy physically and mentally then leave him in the lineup, and two, who the hell will fill in a 3rd base? Fernando Tatis? Alex Cora? Please?

Yesterday I started a bit of a shit storm on Twitter taking on our fellow Mets fans of the sabrmetric ilk. My main contention was Jose hasn’t  blossomed into the elite player I thought he would be. Now I know I’m not alone in this thinking as we have seen the brilliance of Reyes game and especially after the 2006 season when at the age of 23 Jose banged out 19 HR and 84 RBI from the lead off spot.  Add in 17 3B 64 SB and amazing range at shortstop why wouldn’t I think that Reyes would become an elite player, a player who would be in the MVP talk for the next 10 years especially as he overcame his hamstring problems and was filling out physicaly.  It hasn’t happen. That’s not to say he’s not a top ML’er as was misconstrued by my Twitter fans, but he has not jumped to that elite level, he’s still young enough and talented  enough to do make it to that level but quite frankly I’m not as optimistic as I was before that he will.

I am listening to Mikhail Porokhorov  on WFAN and if I ever were to meet this man I would throw myself at his feet and plead with him to buy the Mets.

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