The Mets failed to sweep another team today, losing to the Nationals 8-1. I was happy to hear that Jerry & Omar noted, earlier in the week, that the Mets had to put teams away. Unlike previous administrations, this one seems to be fairly open about team struggles. Nothing is worse than a manager and/or a GM that says that “all is ok” when we know it is not. A couple of disturbing things are re-occurring for this team (besides not putting teams away in individual games and series).
1. For whatever reason, Beltran had another game in which he didn’t slide, though this was much less costly. I can’t remember such as a glaring non-slide, following a media blowup regarding a previous incident in the same week.
2. Murphy can’t seem to stay on his feet in the outfield. It seems like he is being too aggressive on line drives and he is twisting himself up out there. Maybe he should freeze on line drives – having them fall in front of him will rarely turn into an extra base hit. I’m beginning to think that his bat is not offsetting his glove. His outfield woes are carrying over to his offensive, as he has been a recent culprit of #6 below.
3. Murphy Part II – his arm is strong enough to make it to the plate. I have seen him throw in spring, and it is a better than average arm. Having him throw to the shortstop is nuts – save those plays for guys like Johnny Damon.
4. Wright needs a day or two off. His swing is all over the place, he has fouled off more good hittable pitches than any other Met. Too bad Sheff couldn’t be put out there in his old position, but at this point maybe Tatis should get a start or two.
5. Base running – what happened to this team’s speed? Limited stolen bases, and few guys are going first to third, like they did in spring.
6. RISP – yes, it’s great that guys are getting on, but someone has to start driving these runners in!
7. Ollie & Maine are a real F***ing pain! Maine seems to be turning things around, but Perez looks lost. I agreed with the signing, but I was under the impression that he was working out in the offseason, obviously I was wrong. I also agree with Omar’s decision not to pick up Lowe for that long of a contract. If Lowe really wanted to pitch in NY, he would have taken fewer years. Hey, if he was going to be strong in the fourth year, he would still make his money – probably more.
It is still early, and the Marlins have started to come down to earth, but games still need to be won. I believe this ship will be righted but should an NL team get real hot, the Mets could see themselves in a season of uphill battles.
Posted by Gene Anthony