Mets Thoughts 5/26
*Great road trip. The Mets could not have asked for more than a .500 record on probably the toughest road trip (5,500 miles worth of road trip) in baseball this year.
A) They first traveled all the way to San Fran and play the at the time 18-15 Giants and their tough pitching staff.
B) The next destination were the Dodgers, the best team at home in Major League Baseball.
C) They next have to travel all the way east to Boston to play the best home team in the AL who just swept the first place Blue Jays.
*I know it is not Halloween, but I might as well share something scary…the Mets lineup from last night:
1. Angel Pagan – RF
2. Luis Castillo – 2b
3. Carlos Beltran – CF
4. Gary Sheffield – LF
5. David Wright – 3b
6. Fernando Tatis – 1b
7. Omir Santos – C
8. Ramon Martinez – SS
9. John Maine
*Maybe it is time for Fernando-mania. The Mets need to do something on offense to spark this team up.
Fernando Martinez is the 20 year old phenom that is the top prospect in the Mets organization. The Mets have been aggressive with his development, sending him to Binghamton AA as an 18 year old (those of you who watched the Binghamton Mets last season most likely were able to catch a glimpse of what he is capable of producing on the field.
Here are my top three impressive stats of Fernando:
1) Last week he only hit 385/.467/.923 (10-for-26), 4 HR, 2 2B, 6 RBIs, 9 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 2-for-3 SB. 2 of those homeruns were against the Sox' Clay Bucholtz
2) In May he has struck out only 9 times in 74 at bats.
3) The dude is 20 years old (wont be 21 until the season ends) and doing this in AAA. And he is doing it in the IL, not the PCL, which makes it even more impressive. The International League has tougher ball parks.
*Put Reyes on the DL already. The kid needs rest. He can’t run, and it has already been nearly 15 days since his injury. The Mets need Reyes at close to 100% to be the spark in the lineup that he is. Does this team really not know how to handle injuries? With all of them on the roster, that is a scary prospect.
*Robert Parnell is a beast out of the pen. He throws the best fastball on the team. His secondary stuff is so-so, but the way he throws his fastball makes all of his other pitches look great. He is one cool cucumber (made his MLB debut against the Cubs in the pennant run last September…and did great) and I have more confidence in him than I do Putz at this moment.
*Designate for assignment Luis Castillo. This guy is not a baseball player. His range at second is extremely limited, and I have seen better hitting approaches from Tsyoshi Shinjo and Joe McEwing. Every time he goes up to bat, he seems to pray on the BABIP Gods that his slow slappers the other way will not be fielded.
*Some final stats:
The Mets have the second oldest roster in the MLB at 29.9 years of age
The Mets have the fourth fattest roster at 212 lb/player despite only having the 16th tallest.