I didn’t get to see the whole game. I had to watch the speed version on TiVo. The Mets offense was pretty consistent and the defense was consistently bad. Three more errors in the field. And it’s hard to believe that the Mets could win a game in which they commit three errors. That’s lucky.
Johan Santana was great… again. He was in trouble a couple of times but got out of it without any major damage. He ended up going 7 innings and giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk.
Ramon Martinez had 2 more errors at shortstop. I like him as a role player, he gets some timely hits including an RBI single in the fourth. But he just can’t pick it at short. He’s way over his head.
New York Mets (21-19 Road: 9-11) at Boston Red Sox (25-16 Home: 16-4) 7:10 pm
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Red Sox come into the series having swept the hot Blue Jays at home. The Mets have lost four in a row and just got swept in LA. Matsuzaka is just coming off the DL after suffering from a stiff shoulder (and bad pitching). Santana wasn’t his usual self against the Giants in his last start but still got the win.
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Jerry Manuel finished off his coaching staff by hiring former Red Sox coach Luis Alicea. Alicea has been coaching first for the Red Sox for the past two seasons.
Alicea has done some managing in the minors for the Red Sox and I can’t help but wonder why Terry Francona let him go. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.
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Manny Ramirez ends up with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox get Jason Bay. The Red Sox will cover the rest of Manny’s salary for this season. The Pirates get four players in return for Bay: Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss from Boston, and Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris from the Dodgers.
It sounds like a good deal for all parties. The Red Sox had to move Manny, he was killing them with his lack of effort over the last few weeks. The Mets and Phillies may be the biggest benefactor of this trade because Manny didn’t land in Florida.
The Dodgers had to agree not to pick up Manny’s option year at the end of the season for him to accept the trade.
The latest word is that the Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Jason Bay from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor leaguers SS Reid Brignac and pitcher Jeff Niemann.
That means that Manny Ramirez won’t be a part of a three-way deal going to the Florida Marlins. The Mets dodged a bullet there.
There are some trade rumors blowing around that the Mets and Phillies are two of the most serious teams about trading for Manny Ramirez. Of course, some other teams are in the mix like the Dodgers as well. It’s hard to get a gauge on how much stock to put in these crazy rumors before the non-waiver trading deadline tomorrow at 4:00pm EDT.
In a perfect world, I would say that the Mets shouldn’t trade for Manny. And I say that for all of the reasons that you already know. He’s eccentric (an understatement), and he’s a one dimensional player. Not to mention the fact that this season he’s been more petulant than usual in Boston.
But the Mets cannot let the Philadelphia Phillies obtain Manny in a trade. They need to do their due diligence to find out how serious the Phillies are about Manny. If the Phillies are serious, the Mets need to go to the mat to get Manny from the Red Sox. I mean that they need to trade Fernando Martinez, Jon Niese, Carlos Beltran (has a no trade clause), or whatever it takes to keep Manny away from the Phillies.
The Phillies will still have questions about their pitching, even if they do trade for Manny. A trade with the Red Sox won’t solve that problem. But the Phillies offense would be an unstoppable force. I don’t even want to think about the numbers that Manny could put up playing 81 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Trading for Manny to block the Phillies from getting him is a reality that Omar Minaya and the Mets front office will have to evaluate over the next day or so. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.