Yesterday, I had the pleasure of talking with SNY’s Ted Berg on my radio show, “Mets Talk Live! Wright or Wrong?!?”, and and boy what a show it turned out to be.
Here are just a few of the topics we mulled over:
JS: Given the injuries to stars like David Wright, Ike Davis, Jose Reyes, and Johan Santana who’s been out all season long, the team is still a game over .500 and very much alive in the NL Wild-card race, if you had to put a grade on the Mets season to this point what would it be?
TB: Yeah you said they’ve been pretty good, right? I think that the key has been the depth of the team, they’ve been playing without some of their best players, and they’ve been playing pretty well. You can’t call them an A team because they’re playing .500, you have to factor in the injuries what’s .500? B, B+? You may grade them on a curve because of the injuries.
JS: In all likely hood, Francisco Rodriguez is more likely than not to be dealt at the trade deadline, that being said, is Bobby Parnell the guy to replace Rodriguez as the Mets closer?
TB: I do, I think it’s a combination of him having the hot hand and he has the stuff to do it. I don’t know where the slider is at and if his secondary arsenal is up to snuff. He’s pitching well and I think the Mets realize they have to audition someone, because if K-rod is not gonna be around, and if they’re still going to be going with that traditional one inning closer, they want someone for the future, someone inexpensive. Turning that role over to Jason Isringhausen just means giving it to a guy who probably won’t be around next year and is just one pitch away from injury at any given point.
Hear Ted’s takes on all the latest hot topics surrounding the Mets in 2011 and beyond. Topics include, Ted’s grading of the Mets to this point in the season, Carlos Beltran’s pursuer’s, K-Rod’s vesting option as well as trade suitors, the Mets seven game home stand following the All-Star break, and Jose Reyes’ impending free agency.
If you’d like to listen to this and everything else Ted had to say concerning the Mets here’s the link:
Ted is a wealth of knowledge and it was a pleasure having the opportunity to talk about the Mets in 2011 and going forward with Ted.