Alou Could Be Back Friday

David Lennon of Newsday reports that Moises Alou could re-join the team as early as Friday.
New York Mets Sign Moises Alou
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What a shot in the arm for the team that would be. They need a right handed hitter in the middle of the lineup badly. Hopefully, Willie will move Delgado down when Alou gets back. Ideally, it would be Alou, Church, Delgado, and Castillo at the 5, 6, 7, 8 spots in the order.

Oh, and by the way Brady Clark will be on waivers for the purpose of reassignment I would have to assume.

Delgado Is Dead Weight And I’m Mad!

New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado before a Mets/Devil Rays spring training game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.Image via Wikipedia

Question: How do you get rid of $16 million worth of dead weight?

Answer: I have no idea.

I’m exasperated watching Carlos Delgado. He’s completely lost it. If he had any respect for himself he would return most of the money the Mets have paid him last season and so far this season and retire. He’s hurting the team. That’s what it comes down to.

The problem for the Mets is that there’s no solution to this problem. There isn’t another player on the team or in the minors that can play first base every day. I know about Mike Carp. He’s not going to play every day for this team. So, forget it.

There’s no way to get rid of Delgado without releasing him and paying him. It’s been done before. Damion Easley got released by the Tigers and they owed him $14 million. So that’s a possibility.

Delgado can’t be traded… Nobody would take him. I can’t even blame Omar Minaya for bringing him here. I went back and looked at his numbers. His last year with the Marlins was excellent. He was a .300 hitter. Since the 2006 season his skills seem to have just dropped off a cliff. He’s barely a .200 hitter now.

It’s also really bothering me that Willie won’t move him down from fifth in the lineup out of respect for Delgado. Forget respect, Willie! We’re trying to win games here. Delgado should be hitting sixth or seventh. Based on his performance, there’s no denying that.

The mainstream media is all over the topic too with columns here, here, and here.

What would you do with Delgado and first base after he’s gone?

Cedeno Grand Slams Mets 8-1

Update: I watched the game on the SNY re-broadcast and I’m sorry that I did. That was pathetic. Figueroa was just okay, he wasn’t terrible. The bullpen, however, was terrible. Jorge Sosa is pitching to an almost 8 ERA right now. That just doesn’t get it done! I know he signed a $2 million contract for this year but the Mets may have to release him. He’s that bad.

Carlos Delgado is another story. This was one of the worst overall games that I’ve seen from him. He looked lost in the field and he’s been lost in the batters box for more than a year now. More to come in another post on that.

Willie better get this ship righted quickly or there’ll be more calls for his head than there already are. He’s abused the bullpen and paid way too much respect to the veteran players in the lineup. After the way last season ended, there won’t be much tolerance for bad decision making by him.

I was at work today and only got to hear parts of the game. I’m going to watch the depressing re-broadcast on SNY tonight. I’ll post a more detailed review after I get to watch the horror unfold on Jorge Sosa. For now, here’s the box score.

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Video Highlights

Easley’s Run Completes Sweep of Nats

Damion Easley scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 14th inning to win a 4 hour and 45 minute game. Jorge Sosa got the win pitching the last two innings for the Mets. The final score was 3-2.

It looked like Nelson Figueroa might take the loss despite pitching another excellent game. He went seven innings giving up only two runs. Ronnie Belliard made an error in the eighth inning and Carlos Delgado made the Nationals pay for it with a bloop single to right field that tied the game and forced extra innings.

Nationals pitcher John Lannan, from Long Island, was terrific pitching 6 innings giving up only one run with 11 strikeouts and no walks.

Carlos Beltran didn’t play due to having a stiff neck.

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ESPN Video Highlights

To Boo or Not To Boo

That is the question…

The Mets blogs and mainstream media have been on the topic of booing home players since 4:00pm yesterday. The Brewers hit some bombs and won the game yesterday which caused a mild stirring of booing in Flushing. Some have taken the ridiculous stance that fans should never boo home players. Others have gone to the argument “Stop booing you mean people”. I’ll take the high road and assume that booing home players isn’t an extremist group of drunken so-called “fans” on a Saturday afternoon at Shea.

The subject of booing home players has, once again, surfaced. Do fans have the right/responsibility to boo home players? In a word: Yes!

If there’s a new ace pitcher that’s working on a 6 year/$137.5 million contract that’s under performing, the fans have a right to boo. If there’s a relief pitcher that’s got a 3 year/$10.8 million contract that’s been reduced to being a lefty specialist and not doing it well, the fans have a right to boo.

I fully support booing home players when the subjective decision has been made that a player is sorely under performing, a.k.a. stealing the Mets money. I’ve participated booing home players with some ferocity on two occasions:

  1. Scott Schoenweiss (2007)- 0-2 record, 70 games, 59.0 innings, 62 hits, 33 ER, 8 HR, 28 BB, 41 SO, 3 wild pitches, 4.97 ERA. Summary: Schoenweiss should have been arrested for grand larceny for all of the Mets money that he stole last season.
  2. Mike Stanton (2003)- 2-7 record, 50 games, 45.1 innings, 37 hits, 23 ER, 6 HR, 19 BB, 34 SO, 2 wild pitches, 4.57 ERA. It’s hard to remember a pitcher as ineffective as Stanton in 2003. It looked like batting practice when he pitched.

Although those are two occasions that I’ve engaged in booing home players, some fans could make other arguments as well. In 2007, Carlos Delgado was difficult to watch. I think that an argument could be made there.

To conclude this post, Mets fans do have a right and responsibility to boo home players that are sorely under performing especially when their contract is deemed excessive. I don’t think that was case yesterday at Shea. In my opinion, Johan Santana pitched extremely well in Florida, very well in Atlanta last Sunday, and not very well yesterday. Does that justify booing a two-time Cy Young Award winner? No way! There just isn’t enough of a body of under performing work to justify booing Santana at this point in the season. Mad Dog Russo would say “That’s a bad job by Mets fans yesterday”.

Mets 8 – Phillies 2

We can all come off the ledge now… The Mets beat the Phillies behind a good effort by Mike Pelfrey. Maybe he needs to get 11 days between outings on a regular basis.

Fireworks

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 Although the Mets played a solid game offensively and defensively, with only one error by Jose Reyes, the game was decided by the Phillies playing horrible baseball. They had four errors including two by fill-in shortstop Eric Bruntlett. They’re a completely different team without reigning National League MVP Jimmy Rollins in the lineup. They really needed him in the field and at bat.

Carlos Delgado and Angel Pagan both had doubles in the game, the only extra base hits for the Mets. I’m starting to think that the Citi Field construction is making Shea even more of a pitchers park than it was before. It may just be the cold April weather but I think the wind patterns are impacting play. It’ll be interesting to see what happens as the season goes on.

The Mets needed to break the Phillies nine game win streak over them badly. The win tonight also gives the Mets a good chance to win the series with John Maine on the mound tomorrow night.

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