On the first day that players are eligible to file for free agency Oliver Perez, Damion Easley, and Matt Wise all filed. The period runs through November 13th for players to file with the league.
No surprises here. But Perez is probably the only player that the Mets have targeted to talk about another contract. Easley spent too much time suffering from injuries this season. He fought through it like a trooper but couldn’t make a serious impact on the team.
Matt Wise was a complete bust. He hurt his forearm in April and spent the rest of the season trying to recover while on the disabled list.
Status quo is the theme of the day. The Wilpons decided to keep Willie Randolph as the Mets manager and the Mets lost again. This time the Florida Marlins were the beneficiaries.
Mike Pelfrey didn’t have it at all. He got hit hard. The big hit came from Luis Gonzalez. He doesn’t have the power anymore, but he can still get the bat on the ball. He had a bases loaded double in a four run third for the Marlins.
I feel like a broken record writing the same game recap over and over. The difference tonight is that I thought the Mets would get a win with Jose Reyes hitting two homers in the first two innings off Ricky Nolasco.
The question that we’re left with is about Mike Pelfrey. Does he have what it takes to be a consistent pitcher at this level? I don’t think that he does right now. He may in the future. He’s had two really bad stinkers in a row now. He hasn’t been able to get past four innings in either start. That doesn’t cut it.
The good news is that Aaron Heilman pitched a clean fourth and fifth. He only gave up one hit and had three strikeouts. This was the perfect game for him to get some work. Pelfrey had already let the game get out of hand.
Matt Wise was shaky again. He gave a run in the eighth inning and left the bases loaded giving up two walks and two hits. His ERA is 6.43 now. Ugly!
Claudio Vargas didn’t look anything like the pitcher we saw in his last start tonight. He gave up four runs over five innings. Pedro Feliciano got through the sixth despite hitting two batters. And Matt Wise gave up a two run homer to Mark Kotsay in the eighth inning.
The Mets mounted a minor comeback attempt in the eighth inning scoring two runs but Kotsay’s homer ended their good chance to match the Braves.
The big news is that Ryan Church was injured on the final out of the game. Yunel Escobar tried to jump Church on a take out slide at second. Church appeared to be hit in the head by Escobar’s knee or foot. Church’s head then hit the ground as he went down limply. It looks like it might be another concussion for Church who already had one in spring training. More to come on his condition.
The Mets drop a double header to the Atlanta Braves which almost never happens. A vast majority of double headers are split.
Pitching was the story of this game. Claudio Vargas had a terrific first start for the Mets going 6.1 innings and gave up only only two runs. That was much more than the Mets expected from the journeyman pitcher just up from Triple-A New Orleans.
On the other end of the spectrum, Aaron Heilman was horrible again. I was dumbfounded when Willie Randolph brought in Heilman in the seventh with one out, one runner on base, and a tie game. Randolph said after the game that Scott Schoenweiss and Matt Wise were unavailable. Wise because he just pitched two days in a row, and Schoenweiss was sick.
Heilman threw gallons of gas on the fire by pitching .1 innings and gave up three runs plus let the inherited runner from Vargas score. He was booed mercilessly by the crowd throughout the inning. Randolph heard a lot of booing from the crowd too.
Earlier in the game Moises Alou was ejected for slamming his bat after being called out on strikes.
I feel like we’re watching this job slip away from Randolph before our eyes. The best that the Mets can do now is a split of a four game home series with the last place Nationals. There doesn’t seem to be any spark with this team. It’s becoming a problem.
WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog just discussed several roster moves for the Mets today:
Mets purchase the contract of Claudio Vargas
Mets purchase the contract of Fernando Tatis
Mets activate Matt Wise from the disabled list
Angel Pagan was placed on the 15 day disabled list
Nelson Figueroa was designated for assignment
Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment
The purchase of Fernando Tatis’ contract is a bit of a surprise. Luis Castillo must be hurt enough so that the Mets feel like they need some infield insurance. Tatis can provide that if Castillo is out for a week or more.
Claudio Vargas will pitch Wednesday against the Nationals. Who knows what we’ll get from him? He was released by the Brewers for a reason, so don’t expect miracles from him. We should be thrilled to get five innings out of him. He was on the street a month ago.
The Nelson Figueroa dream comes to an end for now. He was a great story but just couldn’t get major league hitters out consistently. He was fantastic the first time through the order and may have been more suited for a relief role.
I’m ecstatic that Omar Minaya designated Sosa. This is best for the team despite the fact that they may have to eat $1.5 million of his salary if he doesn’t accept a minor league assignment. Joe Smith earned the right to stay on the team. I would’ve been livid if Minaya kept Sosa instead of Smith. It would have displayed a lack of concern for winning now. Not to mention the fact that it may have adversely affected Willie Randolph’s ability to keep his job. Good job Omar!
Nelson Figueroa didn’t solidify his position on the team tonight at all. He was wild giving up five walks and made a costly throwing error with the bases loaded. Figueroa gave up six runs, four were earned after his own error and a sloppy fielding error by Carlos Delgado.
Jorge Sosa came into the game in the sixth inning and threw some gas on the fire. He was just as awful as he’s been all season long, giving up four runs in the inning. Joe Smith struck out the side in the eighth making it more difficult to send him to the minors when Matt Wise comes back. The SNY team reported that Wise was sent back to Florida even though he’s healthy and ready to pitch.
The Washington Nationals were hitting everything from Figueroa and Sosa. When they weren’t hitting, they were taking walks. It was an ugly game for the Mets to lose to the lowly Nats. Odalis Perez, the pitcher, went 3 for 3. That’s how bad the Mets pitchers were tonight. Need I say more?
I have to comment on Elijah Dukes chanting in the dugout when the Nats were batting. I haven’t seen anything like that since Little League. I was hoping Billy Wagner would put one in his rib cage when he pinch hit in the ninth inning. That was completely Bush League.
Relief pitcher Matt Wise is in New York and ready to be activated from the disabled list. Reports from MLB.com state that Joe Smith will be sent to New Orleans. Willie Randolph was non-committal about whether Smith or Jorge Sosa would go when Wise came back if you listened to his interview on WFAN yesterday.
I’d prefer to see the Mets DFA Jorge Sosa. His $2 million salary and poor performance would most likely preclude him from being claimed from waivers. If he decided to become a free agent it would be fine with me.
Joe Smith has done a nice job with the Mets and doesn’t deserve to be sent down to New Orleans.