"It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder."
With apologies to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, I have to disagree because I am a little alarmed. The Mets really do have two paths they can go down… and it does makes me wonder…
Path One – Don’t send Joe Smith to AAA when you activate Matt Wise. It sends a terrible message to an already inconsistent bullpen when you take it’s second best pitcher and reward him with a demotion to New Orleans. It will also place Matt Wise under a colossal magnifying glass by the fans who are still nervous and edgy about this season. One bad appearance and they will run Matt Wise out on a rail much like Guillermo Mota. Jorge Sosa, who will be the benefactor of Smith’s demotion, will also be under intense, and I mean intense scrutiny.
Path Two – Keep the enthusiastic young side-armer on the team and either create an opening for Matt Wise with a trade or bite the bullet on Jorge Sosa and risk losing him.
If we do indeed buy a "Stairway to Heaven" and get to the World Series, it may just be that keeping Joe Smith in the bullpen may be a big reason for it. Don’t risk looking back on this decision with regret. Don’t drop the ball on this one…