Another Grand Performance From Willie’s Guys

An article by posted on April 25, 2008

"He’s my guy. I stick with my guys."

I’m sure there’s no need for me to reveal the source of that quote. After all we’ve been hearing those same words day after day for over a year now.

You can’t fault a manager for showing confidence in his players, but at some point you have to draw a distinction between performances that most often lead to wins and those that lead to losses. I have two questions for Willie about last nights embarrassing loss.

1. Why would you bring in Aaron Heilman to pitch in the sixth inning of a tie game with two runners on base after being burned by him three times already so early in the season?

2. Why would you stick with him after he walked Lastings Milledge to load the bases?

It has often been said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Hasn’t there been enough history on Aaron Heilman to know that he is clearly ineffective so far this season? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that his fastballs are all up and he is relying to much on a changeup that lost its potency because he throws it too many times in the count.

What are we paying Rick Peterson for? Is there one pitcher you can name that has shown any improvement from last season? Why are John Maine and Oliver Perez still the same promising pitchers with the same lack of focus and inability to work deep into a game?

Am I the only one who thinks Heilman should have gotten the hook after he walked Lastings Milledge? Especially after seeing that scorching laser he drove down the left field line that just missed being a bases clearing double. Knowing how poorly Heilman has performed of late, shouldn’t have Joe Smith and Scott Schoeneweis have already been throwing in the bullpen and on call for the first hint of trouble?

I don’t know about you, but as far as I am concerned Joe Smith, Duaner Sanchez and Scott Schoeneweis are the only guys I trust in that bullpen after Billy Wagner.

Last night Gary Cohen revealed that the Mets’ bullpen have allowed three of the four grand slams hit so far this season. Pathetic…

When will it be time to usher in the Eddie Kunz era? Kunz is our top relief prospect and closer of the future. Obviously it’s too early to claim the mantra of closer of the future, but it may be the perfect time for "the reliever who can throw strikes of the future".

With ERA’s hovering around 7.00, can Eddie Kunz do any worse. Maybe I’m just talking out of frustration. Maybe I’m just tired of seeing the same guys get trotted out there and blowing would-be wins for us. Maybe I’m just tired…

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