Well after watching last night’s Mets game I guess it is safe to say that the force was not with the Mets last night ! I was – with the exception of a Jose Reyes mental lapse and a run given up by Bobby Parnell via a seeing eye single , the Mets had played a crisp game.
But lets face it, you know it , I know it, the players know it – HELLI am sure that even Oliver Perez knows that these last 14 games are now meaningless. The team now stands at 71-77. just barely ahead of the Nationals for third place. There is still a chance that the Mets will finish the season at or above .500, but right now I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.
So here we are with the post season rapidly approaching, there are many questions abut this current rostwer that needs to be addressed. The most prominant one is who stays and who goes.
I took a handful of players from this years roster- both stars and regulars to give you a overview of who I think will return and who I believe will be elsewhere next season.
1. David Wright - We all know that Sandy Alderson would have to be blown away in order to trade the face of the franchise. Although it wouldn’t be the first time this ever happened – see Tom Seaver and Lee Mazzilli for reference.
2. Willie Harris – I think that his suitcase is already packed. He has struggled at the plate which we figured would be the case, but as a defender he has been sub-par at best.
3.Scott Hairston - I think Hairston will be back. He makes for a good fourth outfielder, and although he started of rusty as a pinch hitter, he had come through with some timely hits in important games.
4. Bobby Parnell - I know that he is not feeling a lot of love from the Mets fan base at the moment, but I think he needs a little more time to mature ( see my column on this topic).
5. Mike Pelfrey - If there ever was a player in recent years that Mets fans want to see off this team ( with the exception of Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo) it would be Mike. I do not see Sandy either non-tendering him nor do I see him leaving via trade. I think he needs a different voice to guide him which leads me to …
6. Dan Warthern - Dan has done a decent job with the arms that he was given, but alas I think he will not be returning next season.
7. Jason Isringhausen - I always loved Izzy. He was lights out in the first half of the season, but has suffered from back problems and fatigue in the second half. I would like to see him stay, but I think he either retires or will play for a team closer to his home.
8. Chris Capuano – I figured Capuano would be one of the low lights of the season, but although his record hasn’t been spectacular (10-12) he has suffered from a lack of run support at times and has almost always given this team a chance to win. I can’t say if he will be back or not next season, it depends on the type of contract that he is seeking.
9. Daniel Murphy – Wow if there was ever a player that was in a state of flux it would be Danny Boy. Unless he can win a spot in either the outfield or at second base ( tough competition with Turner and Tejada), he will be traded – strictly my opinion.
10. Jose Reyes - Here is the elephant in the room. Jose has put up his best season as a hitter (.331 batting average .372 on base percentage), and he still makes the toughest plays look easy. But with his recent health concerns, compounded with the fact that he is allegedly looking for Carl Crawford type money (and the rumors that the Mets are strapped for cash) , the question remains will he be a Met next season. I hope the answer is yes, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Mets let him walk either after they offer him a “reasonable” contract.
What are your thoughts ? Do you agree, disagree? Do you have a take a player or coach I haven’t mentioned ? Please feel free to discuss them in the comments section.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Middle reliever from the inaugural ’62 team, Dave Hillman is 84 (1927).
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’73-’75, Harry Parker is 63 (1947) .
Middle reliever from the ’93 team, Mike Draper is 45 (1966).
Middle reliever from the ’06 season, Chad Bradford is 37 (1974). I still can’t quite wrap my head around why Omar Minaya didn’t go the extra mile to resign Chad during contract negotiations – yet he shelled out a wheelbarrow full of cash for Guillermo Mota and Scott Schoeneweis – two pitcher that were grossly ineffective when the game was on the line.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Dan Murray to the Kansas City Royals for starting pitcher, Glendon Rusch on September 14, 1999. Glendon Rusch for those who were yet to be born – or just don’t remember was an enigma of a Mike Pelfrey like level. When he was good – he was light out, but when he was bad – LOOK OUT !! In his three seasons with the Mets he had a combined record of 19-23 with a E.R.A of 4.30.
Mo Vaughn has made it public that he will be the next spokesman for Jenny Craig. In related news Jenny Craig Corporation stocked plunged from $3.00 a share to 10 cents !