Hey, Mike. Some shuffling with the Mets roster yesterday due to the injury to Lagares. Nothing much. And from my point of view, not enough.
But before we get to that, I found the recent Matt Harvey kerfuffle pretty amusing. Evidently, Matt attended a New York Knicks game on Sunday night with blazing hot supermodel, Asha Leo. Immediately there was an outcry.
Some folks wondered if Matt was in violation of . . . er, um . . . some kind of non-binding agreement that supposedly has him rehabbing in Port St. Lucie when the Mets were out of town.
I actually read concerns that he might have “violated his rehab code of conduct.”
Heaven forfend. She hardly seems worth it.
I half-expected to see a group of nerds protesting at Citi Field, carrying signs that read: “It’s Not Fair! Waaaaah!”
And no, life’s not.
Anyway, it turned out that Sunday is a standard day off for rehabbing players, so it’s all good. The code of conduct remains intact!
Matt’s position has been clear from the start:
How the hell am I going to bang hot models when I’m stuck in Port St. Freaking Lucie?
Can you imagine poor Matt in dreary Port St. Lucie? He takes out his little black book and starts dialing super models . . .
Asha: Matt, oh yes, I remember your photos. Did you sign that monster contract yet?
Matt: Just a matter of time, sugar. Scott tells me it’s in the bag, the Yankees are waiting in the weeds. Listen, I was wondering if you’d like to go out on a date?
Asha: I’d love to Matt. I’ll be doing a shoot in the city all week.
Matt: Yeah, well, I’m down in Florida.
Asha: I love Miami! We can do the beach, go clubbing. I know a fabulous restaurant right on the ocean.
Matt: Yeah, no. I’m in Port St. Lucie. I was thinking we could, I don’t know, go bowling. Maybe eat at the Olive Garden, see a movie at the mall, and . . .
Matt: Tell you what. How about I fly up there . . .
More and more, you get the feeling Matt Harvey and the Mets are in a short-term relationship.
It was disappointing to see Juan Lagares go down.
He was playing great, and hitting well. But this is part of the game, the long season, and injuries.
We did get our first sighting of Lucas Duda in LF. It only took 13 games.
Ha. I’m actually okay with it. The idea of Duda playing the outfield in an emergency doesn’t faze me. But he should never start a game there.
Juan goes on the DL and Kirkkkkk comes up. I understand he’s been hitting in Las Vegas. But doesn’t everybody? Don’t we know who Kirkkkkk is by now?
I would rather see den Dekker. Matt offensively seems a lot like another Kirk, but he has had less major league burn, so you never know.
And defensively he is the superior player. Perhaps den Dekker can be a nice bench player, let’s find out.
On night one, though, you can’t gauge, Kirk looked like Mickey Mantle last night.
I know you feel that Bobby Abreu is coming up. He has an opt-out on April 30th. The Mets either call him, reach a new agreement (known as the “Dice-K Accord”), or watch him walk away.
There could be some good that comes from this. I just can’t imagine how the team can keep Duda, Davis, and Abreu on the 25 man roster. As long as one of the D&D boys goes when Bobby comes up we won’t lose any flexibility.
Abreu is clearly a DH at this point in his career. Strange that Bobby signed with the Phillies and now the Mets. But even so, he’s ours and he’s scorching the ball. Which leads me to the question: Why is Mr. Brown still in town?
Because Puello needs more time in the minors. It’s only year seven.
Well, honestly, I don’t think either of us truly want to see Puello in that limited role. While we’re massaging the roster, Terry Collins made some bizarre observations about Scott Rice the other day. And I mean, “bizarre” when they are seen in the light of roster decisions. After Scott’s rough outing on Sunday, Terry suggested that Rice was fried:
“The guy pitched in 73 games last year. And a lot of times the next year, when you pitch in that many games for the first time in your life, your arm doesn’t bounce back real fast. It takes a little time. I’ve seen it where, unfortunately, you’ve got to go through it.”
In other remarks, TC stated that with warming up, the number was closer to 90. I find it weird in several ways. For starters, Terry acts as if this was something that just happened, like rain from the clouds, rather than specific events he intentionally caused to happen. There were phone calls made, orders issued. Terry burned Scott in meaningless games, going to that same well again and again. But, okay, fine. It’s done. Now when Scott doesn’t seem to have it, Terry is like, “Yeah, that happens. I’ve seen it many times.”
Okaaaaay. But why are the Mets pitching him in actual major league games? Why is Terry inserting him into high-leverage situations? Send Scott down to Vegas. Have Wally call us when (and if) the arm bounces back. Terry said that sometimes it takes until the middle of May. If that’s what he truly thinks, what the heck are they doing?
It’s all because of the stupid obsession with LOOGY’s. Going into last night’s game the Mets bullpen ERA was 5.08. Going into last night’s game the Mets bullpen ERA if you exclude Scott (13.50) Rice and John (15.75) Lannan was 3.01. This is nothing new, either, letting lefty specialists destroy our bullpen. It was just last year, remember, that we employed Robert “The Human Pitching Machine” Carson.
However, if we ever do jettison this pair we will probably just bring up another guy who can’t pitch, like Josh Edgin, so what’s the difference? Scott seems like a good guy, let him accrue a little more service time, I guess. John, too. It’s not like these games count.
In year four of Sandy, there’s really no relief help in AAA, but the state of the system is a topic for another day. You got anything else? Do you want to send down Ike? Is that only because Sandy finds that making trades are nearly impossible?
A favor to Billy Beane, no doubt.
But yes, I do want Ike to go down. If Davis were starting I could live with Duda on the roster, because besides pinch hitting he could play a very limited outfield in an emergency. Davis can’t even do that, and neither can Satin. The current roster is insane.
While we’re tinkering with the roster, we’ve also gotten a good look at Ruben Tejada. Guess what? He looks exactly like Ruben Tejada! I advocated releasing Ruben a while back, because to me he represents a waste of time. Same with Omar Quintanilla. How do we fix that?
It’s under control, Eric Campbell is a shortstop now. Why not, it’s an easy position, anybody can play it, right?
Yes, I saw that they gave him a start in Vegas. The word “flubbed” was used in one description I read. It reminds me of Little League, where everybody gets a chance to pitch. “Hey Eric, have you ever played shortstop? Wilmer just tried it, now it’s your turn. Go on out there and give it a try. It’ll be fun!”