I have covered the Mets since 1984, and I should really know better, but this Ike Davis firestorm that surfaced yesterday is off the charts even for the fishbowl that is New York City.
I have spent much of my baseball life around Bobby Valentine. He is as good a baseball man as I’ve ever known, and I think he is the man who could lead the Boston Red Sox out of the wilderness.
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The numbers jump off the page. 158 hits allowed in 198 innings. 195 strikeouts and only 45 walks. A WHIP of 1.03. Put it all together and it spells Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
I’ll never be critical of Terry Collins, or anyone else who sets a team goal that involves winning baseball games. Isn’t that why he’s the manager?
Mets fans can accept the losing if it comes with passion, fire and maximum effort. But what they can’t accept is the perception that players are too tired to play or have lost interest in playing.
Though I know many fans have given up on this team, there are many who still watch the games; so many who still care. The players should care about them if not about themselves.
Although I am in favor of players fulfilling their obligation to their teams by showing up and performing, I do think it would be prudent to shut Santana down for a number of reasons.
Niese could turn out to be the pitcher that flies under the radar in this rotation but will also be the one you want on the hill when the team desperately needs a win.
This is not the dramatic move that Mets fans had hoped for, but it is a solid, understated pickup. And it’s a good start to reshaping the Mets.
With so many questions about the future of the Met outfield, you cannot just dismiss the idea that Valdespin could play out there everyday. The next 50 games might help bring the future of Jordany Valdespin into focus.
Jason Bay could read the handwriting on the wall as his average continued to slip and his at-bats became more and more painful to watch.
Matt Harvey is a young and talented player. We must all remember he is a developing pitcher who will experience some high moments and some not-so-high moments.
The thing that I like about Terry Collins is that you never see him publicly berate a player, and he never uses the media to get his message across. But make no mistake about it — he gets his message across.