BRIEF NOTES ON THE METS
2. Calling on Carlos . . . both of 'em. The combined stats of Carlos Uno & Dos in June: 181/195/345. 10 runs and 10 RBI combined. Two walks vs. 26 strikeouts. There's simply no way you're gonna win a lot of games when two of your middle-of-the-order hitters are putting up those kind of numbers. More than 4 outs for every 5 plate appearances is completely unacceptable from the guys who keep coming up with ducks on the pond.
3. Mets pitchers spent most of April & May with a much lower ERA than you'd expect from both the composite H/BB/HR numbers, as well as far fewer hits than you'd expect from the K rates. And lately, with Chavez and 'Stache spending time on the DL, and Beltran wandering around in one of his weird 2005-esque funks, the defense has been decidedly average. And the pitching has suffered as a result.
4. Before the season I identified what I thought would be the Three Offensive Keys: Beltran, Alou & Reyes.
Well two of those keys haven't fit into the lock for at least a month, the Mets offense is sputtering, and the losses are mounting.
The lesson: I know everything & Omar should listen to me.
(Either that or I don't know shit and I got really lucky. I also said Heilman would be a relief ace and Oliver Perez wouldn't be very good.)
5. The one positive is that the Young Blood -- Reyes, Wright, Perez, Maine & Smith for the most part -- have been very good, even as the team has slumped. If some of the vets can get healthy, stay in the lineup, break out of their slumps, the team should be able to get back on track.
But man, do the Mets have a tough schedule the rest of the month. It's gonna be tough.