The Mets didn’t offer contracts to Jeremy Reed, Cory Sullivan, Tim Redding, and Lance Broadway before the midnight deadline last night. None of these guys would make or break the 2010 season anyway. Redding was the only player that I had any expectations for last season. If you look at his game log for 2009, he got hammered with frequency and only sprinkled in a few good games here and there.
I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Sullivan come back as a fifth outfielder/pinch hitter. Although he finished with only a .250 avg, I liked what I saw of him in the field and on the bases. He also hit .321 with RISP.
The Mets finally got a win to take one in the three-game series in Arizona. Oliver Perez was his usual self, working out of big trouble in the first few innings. He went 5.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 6 walks while striking out 7, but only allowed one run. His WHIP is up to a putrid 1.91.
The Mets offense was helped out by some dreadful play at catcher by the D-Backs. Both Chris Snyder and Miguel Montero had trouble holding onto pitches allowing three Mets runs to score on passed balls and wild pitches. They actually looked worse than the Mets. But the Mets did manage to put up 11 hits in the game but only two extra base hits. Both were triples by Cory Sullivan.
Omir Santos had a nice block of the plate against a charging Mark Reynolds. He held the ball while getting knocked down on a hard play, but a clean one. Nice job by Santos.
The Mets are bringing Gary Sheffield back from the disabled list for today’s game against the D-Backs. To make room on the roster, Robinson Cancel has been designated for assignment.
Sheffield hasn’t played in two weeks due to a right hamstring strain. Initially, it was referred to as a cramp. But when he didn’t play for a week the Mets put him on the DL.
The most interesting thing about him coming back is the talk of keeping light-hitting Cory Sullivan in left field. We’ll see how long that lasts. Sullivan is a quadruple-A player that’s only on the roster due to the numerous injuries the Mets have sustained. Starting him over Sheffield in left shouldn’t last long. I’ve been surprised that he’s been playing over Jeremy Reed.
The Mets add another player to the disabled list today in Fernando Nieve. He strained his right quad while running out a chopper in Atlanta last night.
Cory Sullivan will replace him on the roster for now. He was hitting .290 with 2 HR and 24 RBI in 286 AB at Triple-A Buffalo.
I would assume that Jon Niese will take Nieve’s spot in the rotation next time around. If not, it’ll be a major shock.
I like Daniel Murphy and I believe that he has the potential to be a solid, if not good, major league player for a long time. He’s a hard worker and a good guy that the Mets organization really likes. And I like that too.
Daniel Murphy is not a major league left fielder. It’s as simple as that. Even when he doesn’t get charged with an error, he has misplayed balls like the two last night in St. Louis.
The fact is that Murphy has a decent bat, but it isn’t good enough to carry his poor defense. He’s clearly playing out of position and I respect that he’s giving it his all. But the Mets need to end the embarrassment that Murphy is suffering on a daily basis in the field.
Murphy shouldn’t be learning on the job at the major league level. There are 24 other players on the team and millions of fans that need to get past the last two seasons of gut-wrenching loses. We can’t have our season hinge on his learning curve in the field. The Mets sub-.500 season thus far isn’t all his fault. I’m not saying that it is. But he’s the only one on the team that has no business being out on the field. You don’t have to be a major league scout or talent evaluator to know that.
The correct course of action is for the Mets to give Murphy time at Triple-A Buffalo to hone his outfield skills until he’s ready for this level of play, if he ever will be. And he may not ever be ready. But we shouldn’t have to find that out with the big club.
Option Murphy to Buffalo now and spare us the disappointment in him. The embarrassment that he’s been suffering over the last two weeks may even stunt his growth as a player. He has to know that he’s letting the rest of the team down, not to mention the fans.
Cory Sullivan and Fernando Martinez are waiting in the wings at Buffalo. Gary Sheffield and Jeremy Reed appear to be capable outfielders right now. Maglio Ordonez and Matt Holliday will likely be available via trade before the deadline in July if things aren’t working out with the existing cast of characters. There are a lot of options here for the Mets. The Murphy experiment should end now for everyone’s benefit.
This week the Mets announced two more minor league deals. Outfielders Rob Mackowiak and Cory Sullivan signed as insurance options for the outfield. Certainly they’ll begin the season at Buffalo and serve as insurance policies for any potential problems in the outfield.
Sullivan will be 30 years old in August and has played his entire four year career in Colorado. He played regularly in 2005 and 2006, but lost playing time recently to Scott Podsednik.
Mackowiak will be 33 years old in June and has eight major league seasons under his belt. Last year he was released by the Nationals and caught on with the Reds minor league system.