Fate seems to have stepped in and given the Mets a set of training wheels. In the form of glorious injuries, the Met are forced to replace players that don’t care enough (Delgado), aren’t impactful enough (Castillo), don’t hit enough (Schneider) and getting mindfucked in the outfield (Murphy) with players that are ready to show this team the effort they need to bring to be a champion. Sometimes, it’s not about the most talent, but rather the most heart.
First, back pain from heaven erased the world worst hitting professional baseball player and gave us Santos Claus. While maybe not the most talented guy in the world, the man is making an effort. Sadly, when your team’s stars sleepwalk, someone fighting for a job is a breath of fresh air. I swear that blast had reindeer attached to it. With one swing, I felt a huge exhale from the team. He also has the pitchers’ attention and isn’t a log jam on the bases. When Charlie O’Brien comes back, I’d just release him (or try to trade him for more Pee Wee Reese jerseys to sell in the Mets store).
Second, our “Chatty Cathy” first baseman hurt his hip humping & trading “Hello Kitty” stickers with Albert Pujols and in comes an actual baseball player fighting for a job. I almost forgot Tatis is actually good. I love the “baby Manny” swing and the hustling. Honestly, I know Delgado has some nice power, but I don’t feel any difference with Tatis at the plate as far as overall production. I hope that hip doesn’t destroy Delgado’s swing, but does turn him into a platoon player with Tatis. Again, sometimes wanting to keep your job is better than talented and lazy (I can’t wait until Sleepy Carlos is off this team. I don’t even care if he hits, he doesn’t take things seriously enough for my taste).
Third, Sheffield is still dangerous and Murphy isn’t ready for full time duty. Yes, I said it. Murphy has a nice bat to watch, but he’s way too green and while he might be turning into a great major leaguer… his psyche will be destroyed if he’s allowed to lose game after game in left. I know Sheff dropped a ball (it’ll happen), but he’s a professional hitter who scares pitchers and is no worse with the stick than Delgado. Between resting Castillo, Delgado & Murphy…. Tatis & Sheffield should be in the lineup together almost every day for awhile
Some other thoughts:
- Welcome back John Maine. I know you’re not totally there yet, but it’s nice to have one less pitcher to worry about.
- Maybe not using Krod much this early helps reduce the damage done by the exasperating WBC
- I’m sad that it looks like Tim Redding will be our 5th starter before long.
- The no finger lady is really rivaling the hole in throat guy for most disgusting ad ever on SNY. I haven’t the slightest idea who has all this money to run these ads all the time. Where are they getting this money from? How about letting smokers smoke and just sending me a check?
- Swine flu isn’t fatal, so I’m not grasping what all the terror is about. We eat pigs right?
Hey, did you know the Jets are on SNY? Really… they are! I’m, not sure you know … the Jets Jets Jets! There’re on SNY!! Thanks for wasting my sacred Mets time forcing me to listen to some kid who doesn’t know who Tom Seaver is and admittedly isn’t a baseball fan talk about stuff I don’t care about. I’m tried of MLB moving aside for football at all times. Hey Bud… FU and have some balls. Fine teams for imposing competing sports onto team broadcasts. You can say it’s a special case because it’s a local story, but it bothered the hell out of me. Being a Mets fan (not a Joe Beningo passing the time until football season fan, but an actual one), there isn’t enough time in the day to worry about another sport. Being a Mets fan is a full time job.
I want to see this team go out the next two games and destroy the Marlins. They need to start behaving like a top team and with all the dead weight hurting on the bench… this is the time.
Posted By Nik Kolidas