Monday Morning Manager
Coming off of Marlon Byrd’s dramatics, with one week in the books, the Mets are 4-2 with two series victories. Let’s look back at the last week and look forward to the week ahead. What stood out:- John Buck’s ability to hit for average and play multiple day games after night games. Everyone knows he can hit for power, but his ability to get on base can serve as a nice stopgap until the rest of the lineup kicks into gear.- Matt Harvey, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee! They have combined to give up only five runs over 26 innings. What I liked:- The Scott Rice story. After 14 years in the minors, he got his first major league victory yesterday. Good for him.- Opening day. Baseball is back and the Mets won, what more can fans ask for?- Surprisingly, being tied for second in all of MLB in stolen bases with 7, the Mets don’t have a Jose Reyes type runner, so they have picked their spots well.- Mets’ base running in general. Tim Teufel has been aggressive as a third base coach, and the Mets have been taking a lot of extra bases.- Great production from Justin Turner and Mike Baxter over 17 combined plate appearances. They have combined for 5 hits, 4 walks, 3 runs and 1 stolen base.- The new blue Mets hat with the orange brim. I don’t know if it’s just me, but they look sharp. What I didn’t like:- Greg Burke’s funky looking delivery. Time will tell if it’s effective, but so far he’s been hit hard.- A lack of Jordany Valdespin playing time. He’s only had eight at-bats and the team has to see what they have in him.- Ruben Tejada’s fielding. Already with four errors, Tejada is off to an inauspicious start for a player whose best attribute is defense.- The Mets Triple-A affiliate being in Las Vegas. Pitching stats will be incredibly inflated, and hitter stats equally bloated, so nobody should look too closely at the numbers coming out of Las Vegas.- Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. They have already combined for 16 strikeouts, which is almost triple their combined hit total of 6.- Jeremy Hefner and Aaron Laffey are the fourth and fifth starters to open the season, which will not get the job done. What to look for in the week ahead:- Matt Harvey vs. Doc Halladay on Monday night. Will Harvey repeat his dominant first outing, and will the Mets be able to hit Halladay following Halladay getting shelled in his first outing?- Will the power surge continue after having at least one homerun in every game thus far?- What will the next week do to Collin Cowgill’s peculiar stat line; 3 hits, no walks but 2 homeruns and five rbi’s?- Will Bobby Parnell get a save opportunity?- Will the team make it out of Minnesota without getting frostbite? As always Let’s Go Mets!