Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Team, The Time

The Mets bullpen has been in shambles as dictated in the monkeys' last post. Since then, Billy Wagner has been officially put on the DL. There is no better time to play the San Diego Padres.

The Padres are hitting .236, last in the NL. Only the woeful Nationals have scored fewer runs. Even as they beat the Mets four straight, 3 of those games were won 2-1. Only Adrian Gonzalez should be feared in their lineup and the Mets should make sure he doesn't beat them. In theory, the Padres should be a tonic for the Mets bullpen as it looks to get back on track.

It would be nice to see the Mets really go after the Padres who really embarrassed them with their sweep and put Randolph firmly on the hot seat where he eventually did burn. A sweep would put them back 8 games over .500 and back on track.


Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder apologized Tuesday for pushing a teammate in the dugout during a loss, saying he should have done a better job of handling frustration due in part to the Brewers' losing streak. Fielder exchanged words and twice shoved Manny Parra after the pitcher was removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Still any kind of disturbance in Milwaukee is good for the Mets since the Brewers are currently the wild card favorite. The monkeys will watch very carefully to see how this affects the Brew Crew.

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