Friday, June 13, 2008

Wasting The Most Precious Resource

As is the case with most fans, the monkeys have been disgusted with the last few days. Sure it is annoying to watch when David Wright cannot get in a runner from third with less than two outs to add a much needed insurance run. It is frustrating when it appears he is going to atone for that in the ninth inning and is robbed by a great defensive play. But nothing is worse then what the Mets have been doing the last week wasting the most precious resource of all ... great starting pitching.

Johan Santana followed up an effort where he pitched 7 innings allowing two runs with 7 shutout innings and received a loss and a no-decision. Mike Pelfrey pitched 8 shutout innings to follow a 7 inning, 2 run performance and received two no decisions. Sure the Mets came back to win both, but Pelfrey is a guy who at times has confidence issues and his undeserved 2-6 record won't help with that. The guy has pitched 12 times and allowed 2 run or less in 7 of those starts. John Maine and Pedro Martinez each left the games with a lead their last starts.

With Moises Alou and Ryan Church out, the Mets are offensively challenged. The only thing that is going to save this season is the quality of the Mets starters. Watching the Mets make dumb play after dumb play this year, you don't have to worry about their mind, but good starting pitching is a terrible thing to waste.


The Mets are considering not putting Alou on the DL with the thought that he might be able to DH against the Angels next week. Alou has not been optimistic regarding his calf and this would leave them shorthanded this weekend. The Mets have made this mistake over and over again. Just put him on the DL and call up Val Pascucci or Mike Carp. The Mets should be considering euthanizing Alou not DHing him.

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