I love David Wright, but this is unacceptable. I am so sick of the Mets refusing to â€œencourageâ€ players to go on the DL. If David Wright is hurt the best thing to do is take a day off and if he needs more time of on the DL. I appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment to the team but he should go talk to Beltran and ask him how that strategy worked out last year.The sudden propensity for errors at key times in games is disturbing. Every athlete can make an error and I expect David Wright to make more than his share of them. If todayâ€™s error is due to injury Wright is hurting his teamâ€™s chances to win.
Since when is Armando Benitez clutch this side of the new millennium?
Armando Benitez got out of a bases loaded jam.
Yeah, it feels funny to type it too.
The most unsettling part of todayâ€™s game was obviously Bannister going down on the base pads. I watched it a couple of times on MLB.com and it is impossible to determine how bad the injury is. Bannister is vital with to the already fragile rotation but with the youngster a definite part of the future rotation a trip to the 15 day disabled list is prudent if not necessary for the long-term health of the hurlerâ€™s career.I think it is still too early to bring up Pelfrey no matter what success he has had thus far. I donâ€™t think Heilman should be brought out of the pen to fill the starterâ€™s role. If I had to speculate, my best guess would be that my old nemesis Darren Oliver will get the call if Bannister has to miss time.
I think that Lonestar Met favorite Royce Ring or Heath Bell should be brought up to bolster the pen if and when Beltran, Bannister, and Wright go on the DL.
With the apparent roster moves ahead maybe Jose Valentin will be handed his unconditional release.
Jose, take your .095 average and tell your story walkin.
If the Mets want to exercise reasonable caution keeping Milledge in the minors to tune his skills that is fine by me. I really donâ€™t see why Jeff Keppenger canâ€™t be called up. His .273 average is not exactly burning up the league, but anything is better than Valentin and his big bag of nothing.
So that no one accuses me of not offering solutions, here is my recap.
Wright- a day or two off
Bell or Ring (you choose)- Call up
Diaz-.167 is not exactly Mini Manny-esque but he can fill a roster spot until Beltran is ready
Chavez-pray for health
I think Woody can handle third so Wrightâ€™s aches and pains can subside.
This makes the Health of Pedro, Glavine and Trachsel vital to the 06 Mets chances this season. Despite the apparent melt down, Error-pantsâ€™ throw has not been reported in most reacaps, the bullpen looks to be one of the strong suits of this club. As long as Professor Rick can piece together a fairly competent rotation and those front line pitchers can get through six the Mets chances still look fairly good. I doubt that the â€œrotation tweakâ€ may go by the wayside.
Using the past as an indicator of the future Zambranoâ€™s next start should be redeeming, and probably good enough to keep him around another few starts.Ugly win today, but at least we came back from the west coast with 2 series wins.
Nancy, the canine Mets fan would like to give her two cents regarding todayâ€™s game:
Nancy, the canine Mets fan would like to give her two cents regarding todayâ€™s game: Thanks Nancy.Day off tomorrow for Wright to â€œhealâ€ and itâ€™s toe to toe with Atlanta. Chipper is healthy and to the looks of it well rested after todayâ€™s loss the Brewers. I hope Pedro and co. and knock that smug little look off his face.
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This post was written by Dan in Texas on April 26, 2006