No game today, for which I say, “Thank You, God, for small favors.” Remember those giddy days when we took four out of five from the Phillies? Talk about a long week, it felt like a month. Anyway, some stuff happened, and I have a few thoughts.
*Many fans are interested in micro-analyzing managers.
“Why did he bring in this guy?”
“Why is (fill in the blank) batting in the (fill in the blank) spot?”
That is all too much work for me, I look at it on a bigger picture level. Right now I see a team that plays sloppy in the field and runs the bases like a bunch of imbeciles. And when the going gets tough, they fold like a cheap tent. This team is not very talented, but it is also not playing up to its pedestrian talent level. I have serious doubts as to whether it would help much if a change in managers was made, but no doubts that it will make things any worse. So why not do it already? Watching Collins at this point is painful, almost cruel. Put the guy out of his misery already. As for a replacement, we now have Tom Gamboa in the organization. Talk about a guy who knows how to take a beating!
*Gamboa would also meet the team’s age requirement, he is 66 years young. When it comes to the Wilpons’ current predilection to hire the elderly, I think I figured it out. They don’t have to pay for health insurance.
* Travis d’Arnaud has been sent to Las Vegas and has been replaced by Taylor Teagarden. This is all good news for d’Arnaud. Travis’s confidence was shot, and a trip to Las Vegas is the cure for that. He will hit in Las Vegas. How can I be so sure? Here is Teagarden’s slash line in the desert.
This is the same Teagarden who hit .171 in 222 ABs between 2010 and 2013 with Texas and Baltimore.
So d’Arnaud is going to start hitting immediately, now that he plays in the professional equivalent of tee ball. But that is not the only good news for him. D’Arnaud recently broke Al Moran’s ignominious record of worst hitter in Mets history in their first 250 at bats. Al had to walk around with that over his head for fifty years. Well, somebody has to catch every day and if either Recker or Teagarden can just get to 250 ABs, Travis’s days of holding the crown could be short lived.
* Ruben Tejada has played better lately, and there is a lot of discussion that it is due to Wilmer Flores’s being around and threatening his “shortstop for life” status. Wait, you mean Omar Quintanilla didn’t scare him? He scared the crap out of me.
* Jon Niese is pitching incredibly. Two more great starts from Jon wasted this week.
* A sad goodbye to Buddy Carlyle who lost his roster spot to Dana Eveland just because he picked up a fork with his right hand all those years ago. I’ve lived that harsh life myself, but I learned from it and made sure to raise my son to do everything from the south side. Just a little friendly advice, Buddy, because it’s pretty much over for you and it’s time to start thinking about future Carlyle generations.