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Okay, okay so nobody expected that we would get swept in L.A. this week, except for Mike Francesa, but it wasn’t all bad news. Yes losing is never good, but losses sometimes lead to good things. To begin, a big hand of applause for how Dan Murphy played first base last night, he’s no Keith Hernandez, but he’s not Mike Piazza either… or Jeremy Reed.
Also, Livan Hernandez is settling in quite nicely as the Mets 5th starter, or is it 4th starter now? Either way, he’s become somewhat dependable and mixed in with some mediocrity he has manged to sprinkle in a couple of very solid starts. Putz, on the other hand, didn’t fare too well as evidenced by the “L” next to his name in the boxscore. It must have been that adrenaline thing again or maybe this time it’s his neck.
It’s amazing to me that Carlos Beltran is batting .370, and David Wright is right behind him with a .364 average, and yet the Mets can still get into these slumps where they struggle to score runs. Are we too top heavy? Also where has the power gone? The Mets have not homered in their last 307 plate appearances.
Should the Mets explore trade options right now? Ed at Mets Fever believes Mark DeRosa would be a nice addition, and I keep hearing his name a lot lately. The guy’s a grinder.
The Jose Reyes situation is currently weighing heavy on all of our minds. Andrew at The ‘Ropolitans takes a look at some options, and here is some information on the different grades of a calf strain.
With the Red Sox series ushering in another season of inter-league baseball, the Mets will have Johan Santana on the mound to get things started on the right foot… or left arm? Anyway, here are the probable starters for the weekend. Oh, and by the way, if you thought the Mets might miss out on Kevin Youkilis, think again, he was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Jake Peavy is very close to becoming a White Sox… or maybe not… Wow!
In case you missed it, Nelson Figueroa accepted his assignment to AAA Buffalo. Unlike last time he was DFA’d, he refrained from testing the free agent waters. Hang in there Figgy, sooner or later those options gotta run out.
Darryl Strawberry has been making his rounds throughout the city doing his book tour, but he found some time to sit down with Mets Blog’s Matt Cerrone and answer some questions. Check out the video here.
Finally, sometimes as a fan you get so caught up in winning and losing, cheering and booing, you almost forget that the players are as human as you and I. Then something like a tragic death scrolls across your google reader and it’s a sobering reminder of just how fragile and real baseball can be. Our condolences to Scott Schoeneweis on the passing of his wife Gabrielle. Here is an interview of Gabrielle by Jimmy Scott of High and Tight.
Keep bleeding blue and orange!