Today’s Optimist’s Dossier has to do with Jose Reyes. Â He’s starting to steal more bases, and get more hits. Â It looks to me like he’s finally starting to get into a real groove, which is something we desperately need. Â Hopefully Jason Bay can follow suit. Â He’s now also gone three consecutive games with a walk, something he wasn’t doing quite as much earlier on in the season.
Omar has finally caught on that the bench is not cutting it, replacing Frank Catalanotto with Chris Carter. Â Hopefully moves to replace Gary Matthews Junior and even Fernando Tatis are soon to follow. Â It’s hard to think Chris Carter could do as bad as Catalanotto, and he’s been hot down in the minors, so at the very least we can ride that out for a couple of big hits.
John Maine, while still laboring through some innings, and still giving up some bombs of home runs, has pretty much pitched very very well over the last couple of starts. Â It’s nice to see some consistency out of him. Â All five of the Mets pitchers have showed some ability to have good starts, and Pelfrey and Niese so far are doing it more often than not, while Maine is getting there. Â This is the recipe for a successful season, and sooner or later the bats _will_ wake up and win more ballgames.
This is a very telling couple of weeks for the Mets. Â Plenty of division games against all four teams, as well as the Subway Series games against the Yankees. Â We’ll know so much more about the talent on this team Â by the time June gets here, and a lot of the signs I see suggest that the Mets will be right in the middle of things. Â First off it’s time to pick up the back two games against the Nationals and get through this home stand with a winning record.