Back to reality? Thoughts on the Mets-Phillies seriesMay 3, 2010
The Mets lost two of three to the Phillies over the weekend, after completing the best home-stand in franchise history. A lot can be overlooked while the team is on cruise-control, and slumps, errors, and questionable decision-making can be swept under the rug as long as the team is winning. The past two days, however, served as a potential warning sign for the Metropolitans moving forward.
Simply put, Johan Santana was rocked Sunday night. Sure some of the homeruns he gave up would have been fly ball outs in Citi Field, but there is no masking Santana’s lack of velocity and the inability to control his fastball. In the biggest game of the Mets season and a day after Philadelphia’s ace threw a complete game shut-out, Johan Santana let his team and the fans down in a huge way. I would be fine with chalking it up as a bad outing, as Santana had allowed 20 runs in 30 career innings in Citizens Bank Park BEFORE last night’s debacle. Nonetheless, after back-t0-back surgeries on his knee and elbow, Johan’s inability to throw above 90 mph with his fast ball is something to look out for the rest of the season.
And the fact that Santana walked the 90 year-old Moyer with the bases loaded is unforgivable.
It was expected that Pelfrey would give up some runs sooner or later, as his 27 inning scoreless streak had to come to an end at some point. While some reporters (*cough* Ken Davidoff) will spin it as another Pelfrey melt-down, any realist will see how the defense let down Big Pelf on Saturday. Simply put again, Jose Reyes has to make that play which lead off the inning.
Speaking of Jose Reyes, he cannot be hitting third for this team. It doesn’t take a hitting coach to realize that Reyes’ swing has become long, “loopy” and completely out of whack. While I won’t blame it solely on moving to the three-hole, Reyes’ strengths are best utilized in the lead-off spot. With Jose batting third, Pagan and Castillo are now getting more at-bats per game than Reyes, Wright, Bay, Ike Davis, and Francouer.
Does that make sense to anyone?
And EARTH TO JERRY MANUEL: Nobody cares that Fernando Tatis had good numbers against Jamie Moyer back in 1999 when he was injecting steroids into his ass. There is no reason he should be in the lineup over Ike Davis. Just as there is no reason Gary Matthews Jr. should be playing over Pagan.
A week ago, you (Jerry Manuel) said that “Coming out of spring we were able to give Gary Matthews Jr. a lot of at-bats consecutively, give him a couple of days here and there… Once the season starts you get that opportunity, but if there are no results you just go in a different direction.”
Matthews has just 5 hits in 41 plate appearances this year. He has also struck out more than a third of the time. So please Jerry, NO MORE GARY MATTHEWS JR.!
And no more Frank Catalanotto while you’re at it….
Winning nine of ten on the home-stand gave the Amazins a season that at 4-8 looked to be close to over. Any Mets fan would have signed up for 3 games over .500 on May 3rd. Even after losing two of three to the Phillies, there is no reason for panic. That is as long as the Metropolitans don’t struggle in Cincinnati.