Ugh third place !!Well so far the Mets return from the All Star break is not going at all how I had imagined. But with the exception of last nights abortion of a game , the Mets have looked pretty good from a defensive point of view. Before you chastise me about trying to stay positive you have to admit that the Giants have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. And the Mets were hardly out of the first two games of this series, losing by a combined three runs. Have the bats fallen into a slumber? Yes they have , and I still have yet to figure out the Jerry Manuel's Guide to Strategy, but I feel that he won't be leading this team by the time spring training breaks ( fingers crossed). Lets face it , Beltran has been hitting since his return to action, it just that there haven't been men on base for him to drive in. I think Ike Davis might be breaking out of the prolonged slump that he has been mired in , with the two homers that he hit last night It's just seems that without Reyes this team is lethargic. Also we must face the fact that Takahashi is better suited coming out of the bullpen, but here lies the rub   ( avert your eyes if you don't want to read this!)It s more than likely that Oliver Perez will take his spot in the rotation !!!Last night in a rehabilitation game for the Buffalo Bisons, Ollie" The Sultan Of Suckitude"Perez, went 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out seven. This sounds good right? Well Ollie also gave up a two run homer that tied the game at three, and there are no reports on how his velocity was. My biggest fear is that Oliver will get at the minimum two starts once he is re-activated, perform mediocrely , the Mets will decide to not go after another starting pitcher and we will be destined to finish in third place this year with a record slightly over .500 ( I hate being negative - trust me) My question is at this point aren't all the games important? We are five games behind the division leading Braves and a half a game behind the resurgent Phillies. Can we afford to put this head case back into the rotation, where it is quite possible he might damage the psyche of the team again if he still pitches  horribly  ? I know the Mets have about 20 million reasons why they won't give up on him, but sometimes you have to hold your nose when throwing out the trash!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     " Don't hide Ollie - just go away !!!"And with that said.... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!Joe Torre, the first and only player/manager for the Mets is 70 (1940) . Even though he was successful with the New York Yankees, I could never feel any ill will against him. He was the first Mets manager that I ever had any recollection of, and he did his best trying to manage a inferior product.Mets first base coach ,Razor Shines is 54 (1956) . Hey at least he isn't coaching third base this year !New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Danny Frisella on July 18, 1966. Danny pitched for the Mets from '67-'72 when he was traded to the Braves for George Stone. He died tragically on New Years Day 1977 in a freak dune buggy accident.Does anyone else here thing that Pablo Sandoval might be Mo Vaughn's love child?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   " Like Father like son??"