I haven’t written anything in quite a while. It’s time to get back to business on this site. It’s hard to criticize this team. The Mets have the best record in the NL and are 2.5 games ahead of the Braves. What more can you ask for? I’ll tell you…
Aaron Heilman (5-2 3.43 ERA) isn’t the best option anymore for the eighth inning. Joe Smith (1-0 1.31 ERA) is. Willie always sticks with veterans for much longer than he should. Smith isn’t just a side-arming situational righty. He can get anyone out.
Speaking of veterans: Julio Franco is done, caput, finished. He’s taking up a valuable roster spot. If he had any pride he would retire today instead of taking the money that the Mets owe him for the rest of the year. Maybe he could make the Long Island Ducks roster, maybe.
Shawn Green has a small crack in his foot after he fouled the ball off it last night. He’s having a nice season so far (.314 5 HR 22 RBI). But he isn’t worth nearly the $9M that they’re paying him this year. I know he’s got 12 doubles, 1 triple, and 4 SB’s but he’s really lost a lot of the pop in his bat. Carlos Gomez, Lastings Milledge, or Fernando Martinez will make a bigger impact on the team next year.
I’m not too worried about losing series after series to the Braves. As long as they stay in the rear view mirror I’m happy. Let’s hope it stays that way.