Monday, June 18, 2007

BRIEF NOTES ON THE METS

1. Man, they suck.

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.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous John Royal said...

You can forget about the Mets now, Mr. Mike. Omar and some of the studs were just on the cover, so, it's time for the SI cover jinx to kick in.

10:17 AM  
Blogger George said...

There really isn't much to do but hope the vets get it together, is there. I mean, when you consider the people getting dangled as trade bait (Adam Dunn, Lidge or Wheeler, Kenny Lofton), none of them fit the Mets needs.

Although perhaps offering up Schoenweis as a human sacrifice probably couldn't hurt the team.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

TAKE LIDGE. TAKE LIDGE. PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE TAKE LIDGE.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

I think getting Adam Dunn would be super sweet for the Mets.

JMHO

8:01 PM  
Blogger George said...

The problem with Dunn is you have to play him in the outfield. And Shea will not be kind to him as a hitter.

Dunn needs to DH.

2:21 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

With Dunn it would depend on the cost. He'll add another Shawn Green level outfielder to the defensive mix, and he will have trouble with Shea. Look at his lifetime numbers on the road, lifetime numbers at Shea, and lifetime numbers after the All Star break. Not too great.

But if they can get him for not too much, why not go for it? Penciling him in at 6 or 7 in the line up couldn't hurt at all. You figure the absolute worst he'll do is something in the 200/350/425 range. Nothing wrong with that at the bottom of the lineup.

5:53 AM  
Blogger George said...

I don't want it to be a Dunn deal, I guess. If you have to give up anything it's too much for not a good fit. I'd rather find a good fit, although I'm not sure who that is. Your worst case scenario for Dunn, which I admit is probably a true bottom level, isn't far off the NL average of 259/327/408. The Mets need someone better than average, especially in an outfield corner, if they're going to win.

Gagne maybe? I think he's only signed through the season. At least that would help the bullpen.

7:05 PM  

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