Â In my opinion, The Mets will be out of the race come the All-Star Break.Â It pains me to say that.Â I don’t consider myself a Chicken Little Mets fan and I would like to think that I’m a rational minded individual but with the rash of injuries and with the way the baseball season (162 games) is setup, we won’t hang with the big boys for long.
Â Â The Mets have to be given credit though.Â We are definitely overachieving and we are still a winning team; for how long, I’m not so confident.Â Â Over the past few weeksÂ the Mets haveÂ put in gutsyÂ performances withoutÂ 2 of the core players, Delgado and Reyes.Â Ollie, Putz and now Maine are on the DL andÂ Beltran, Church & Schneider have missed extended periods of time.
Â Let’s take aÂ look atÂ this monthÂ and see how we’ve faired thus far.Â We are currently 3-6.Â We were swept by the hapless Pirates,Â barely got out of Washington winning the series (FYI – If Wright is correctly calledÂ out instead of safe at 3rd base in Friday night’s game we lose 1-0)Â and we lost a tough series to our rivals.Â In regards to the Phillies series, we played our hearts out and fell short.Â Still though,Â could our lineup consisting of Cora, FMart, & Tatis really matchup against the Phillies?Â I understand that all it would take is one swing and the outcomesÂ would have beenÂ totally different but what were the odds of us prevailing?
Â Cora – An adequate infielder, but do you feel confident with him manning SS until(If Ever) Reyes gets back?
Â Sheffield – Gotta love him and he’s done more than we could’ve hoped for but how long before he just fizzles out like a deflated pigskin?Â He’s already been bothered by his knee while his numbers have also dropped considerably.Â
Â Tatis – Seems to have come down to Earth from last year’s magical season.Â Is it just a funk right now?Â Maybe he needs more playing time?Â Or perhaps there’s a reason he was out of baseball in 2007 and also missing the 2004 & 2005 season?
Murphy – Has turned into a part time player.Â He is only hitting .242 in 157abs.Â He also doesn’t seem as disciplined at the plateÂ as he once was.Â Does he need to man 1st baseÂ on a daily basis?Â Maybe this is the type of play to expect from him?Â GKR the other night did say that rookies either come out blazing or real cold.
Â What do you guys think?Â Can we hang on?Â Â If not can we match up with the Brewers, Cubs, Giants etc for a WC?Â Â
Â Below are a few options I had written about in a post regarding an SI articleÂ a couple days ago…
Â Yes, I know all the talk about Hollidayâ€™s numbers from past years being jacked up due to playing in Colorado, hell, Im pretty sure if my grandmother exercised more she could pop a few out to the stands there, but he is still a potent bat.Â He made the transition to McAfee Coliseum in Oakland and though his homerun numbers dont make you rub your eyes, thereâ€™s still no one on the Mets who has more than him.Â Holliday is hitting .279 with 8hrs(T-Beltran) and 37rbiâ€™s(More than ANY Met)
Â DeRosa is extremely versatile.Â In the past 2 years, heâ€™s played every position except center field, and catcher.Â He would be most valuable for this team.Â His offensive numbers arent too bad either.Â Heâ€™s hitting .267 with 10 homeruns
Hawpeâ€™s numbers speak for themselves.Â Heâ€™s playing in Colorado where the frail feel like Superman but his homerun numbers arent even what stands out for him.Â He drives runs in (43) and can hit the gaps (17 doubles).Â Not to mention heâ€™s on my fantasy squad, so that should count for somethin right?