I hate saying that there are must win series this early in the season. It makes me cringe – and chafe in areas that need no to be ! But I hate to say it but this three game set against the Washington Nationals is a very important series for the Mets in terms of their perceived fragile psyche. If they go two out of three or better against the perennial basement dwelling Nationals, they should have some decent momentum when they face the reigning National East division champs – the Philadelphia Phillies. If they happen to win only one or perish the thought get swept by the laughing stock of the N.L East – well this could be the start of another multiple game losing streak boy our boys in orange and blue.
The Mets are sending three of their best starters to the mound this series. Chris Young goes tonight. Hopefully he has recovered from his recent bout of biceps tendinitis, and I hope he should easily dominate the Nats. The rotation for the rest of this series will feature R.A Dickey and Chris Capuano. This means that the Mets rotation against the Phillies will more than likely feature Mike Pelfrey, Jonathan Niese and Chris Young. We will have to hope that both Mike and Jon can replicate the same success that he had against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as Chris Young proving that he is healthy coming off of tonight’s start.
I do feel that putting Dillon Gee in the bullpen is the right move. He seems to be very effective the first few times going through the opposition’s batting order, so I think if he pitches one to two innings is a game it might save a bullpen that has been over used in the beginning month of this season.
Hell I wouldn’t be upset if the Mets went with a six man rotation- just to help both Young and Capuano save their arms from overuse. But I am not the manager – or the General Manager.
All in all the Mets have shown that they are not a team that will just lay down and die. But we all have to admit these next two series are extremely important when it comes to dictating where they will be come September.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday include :
Outfielder from the ’69 team, Amos Otis is 64 (1947). Us Mets fans still rue the day that he was traded to the Kansas City Royals for Joe Foy.
The former Met that us fans love to hate – pitcher and arch nemesis from those mid ’80′s Astros teams, Mike Scott is 56 (1955)
Reserve outfielder from ’89-’90, Lou Thornton is 48 (1963).
Middle reliever from ’96-’97, Rick Trlicek is 42 (1969).
Middle reliever from ’02-’03, Scott Strickland is 35 (1976).
Sadly on this date in 2003. the Mets lost a member of their family when Danny Napoleon, their outfielder from ’65-’66 passed away.
The New York Mets purchased catcher, Harry Chiti from the Cleveland Indians on April 26, 1962.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Bobby Gene Smith to the Chicago Cubs for catcher, Sammy Taylor on April 26, 1962.
The New York Mets purchased pitcher, Jack Lamabe from the Chicago White Sox on April 26, 1967.
The New York Mets traded minor league shortstop, Rick Auerbach to the Texas Rangers for third baseman, Lenny Randle on April 26, 1977. Lenny was one of the biggest offensive threats for the Mets that season. He was also the at the plate when the lights went out in the blackout of ’77.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Mike Matthews on April 26, 2005.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder, Michael Tucker on April 26, 2006.
Mo Vaughn is loves to bite the tails off of chocolate Easter bunnies as well as biting the heads off of Peeps !!!