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Mets Beast of the Week

The New York Mets Beast of the Week is…

David Wright, 3B. A good week for David (.346, .393, .654, 3 RBI, 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 SB) turned into a great weekend for the Mets, as the lineup (finally) started to fire on all cylinders against two tough Yankees pitchers in Andy Pettite and Chien-Ming Wang. If those stats look a bit lean, it’s because the entire team went to sleep against the Nationals. David remains one of the two most important hitters in the lineup, and his production is crucial to the team’s success.

Runners-Up: Jose Reyes, John Maine, Oliver Perez

The Mets least of the week is…

Aaron Heilman. The man who was once considered one of the league’s elite set-up men is now eating innings in middle relief. Maybe he’s injured, maybe he’s just ineffective. But for the week, Aaron pitched a whopping third of an inning in last Wednesday’s loss to Washington. He wasted no time, though, surrendering three earned runs on three hits and a walk, coming in with a whopping 81.00 ERA and 12.00 WHIP on the week. It seems that the days of Aaron Heilman in a Mets uniform may be numbered.

Runners-down: Carlos Delgado, Marlon Anderson, Jorge Sosa

Jonathan Kraft

State of the Mets

Every Mets blog seems to be publishing a novel today on the State of the Mets, so why not add my two cents. I understand that we just lost 3 of 4 at home to Washington (so much for that 5 for 7 in the homestand) and that we’re going in the Bronx as a .500 team, but all is not lost here. Sure, this was a hiccup. Sure, this was a missed opportunity. Sure, we’re in third place right now, 2.5 games behind the Marlins of all teams, but come on, all is not lost here. It’s only May. I understand that at some point the “it’s only [insert month here]” mantra turns into “yeah, but when are we going to start playing well,” but this team has nowhere to go but up at this point.

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Pregame: Nationals at Mets [BEAST-OFF]

The Game: Washington Nationals (16-23) at New York Mets (19-17)

The Matchup: John Lannan (3-3, 3.40) vs. John Maine (4-2, 3.00)

The Story: The Mets look to rebound after a less than stellar effort last night that saw the two primary scapegoats, Nelson Figueroa and Jorge Sosa, get designated for assignment this morning. Tonight, the Mets take the field behind their second-best starter, John Maine, who was two outs from pitching a complete game shutout last week in Los Angeles. The Mets scored 12 runs in that game, and run support is much in demand for New York.

The Nationals’ biggest surprise of the season, John Lannan, takes the mound just miles from his Long Beach, New York home. Lannan has found great success this year, save one start when he surrendered 5 earned runs in 3 innings on May 2 at Houston. The southpaw Lannan relies mostly on his breaking ball, and has been very effective, posting a K/BB ratio of 1.89.

The Lineups:

Nationals: [Not yet posted]

Mets: Reyes (SS), Church (RF), Wright (3B), Beltran (CF), Alou (LF), Delgado (1B), Easley (2B), Schneider (C), Maine (P)

Mets Roster Moves [Omar has a brain?!?]

Just when we thought that Omar was going to take the “fiscally responsible” move and demote Joe Smith to make room for a starter for tomorrow’s game, someone knocked some sense into him. Here are the roster moves made today by the Mets:

Demoted: RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Jorge Sosa

Promoted/Activated: RHP Claudio Vargas, RHP Matt Wise, IF Fernando Tatis

DL: OF Angel Pagan

This should be goodbye to Sosa; I’m sure there will be lots of crying by Mets fans over that. I feel bad for Figueroa but wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s back soon unless Vargas has a great start tomorrow. Tatis has been playing extremely well in New Orleans, and deserves Pagan’s spot. Hopefully it’s nothing serious with Angel and he’s back soon. In terms of Wise, well, hopefully he can be that 6th inning reliever that the Mets have been missing all year.

-Jonathan Kraft

Postgame: Nationals 10-Mets 4

Not a good game, obviously. I’m not going to do a full recap right now, but suffice it to say that the Mets bats did not come out to play tonight. Nelson Figueroa and Jorge Sosa were both terrible; it was extremely frustrating to watch them both implode against such a weak team. The crowd at Shea was awful–maybe 20,000, maybe. It was a cold and dreary night against an inferior team, but come on.

Figueroa’s line: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO

Sosa’s line: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Minor Leaguer could start for Mets on Wednesday

Hot Foot is reporting that a minor leaguer will start for the Mets on Wednesday against the Nationals. This says something about Willie’s trust in Jorge Sosa, who would have been the in-house candidate to start that game. The move might not be necessary, because tonight’s game will probably be rained out tonight. This could bump Nelson Figueroa to tomorrow and John Maine to Wednesday, both pitching on 6 days of rest. If this doesn’t happen, look for Tony Armas Jr., Claudio Vargas, Brian Stokes, or Adam Bostick to make the start.

-Jonathan Kraft

Postgame: Mets 12-Reds 6 (Game 1)

WP: Johan Santana (4-2, 3.10)

LP: Matt Belisle (1-3, 7.45)

Johan Santana gave up 10 hits, but it didn’t matter, as the Mets bats came to play today at Shea. Carlos Beltran drove in a season-high 5 RBIs, going 2-3 with a walk. Joining him in breaking out of offensive slumps were Carlos Delgado, who went 3-4 with a home run, and Brian Schneider, who went 2-4 with a long ball as well. Moises Alou drove in two runs, and both Ryan Church and David Wright also drove runs in.

Santana was not his dominant self, but he was still effective. Johan allowed 3 runs on 10 hits, walking 1, striking out 5, and giving up a home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Reds starter Matt Belisle did not pitch very well, pitching just 5 innings, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, on 7 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2.

The Mets’ bullpen did not pitch well today. Aaron Heilman threw 32 pitches in the 7th, and gave up an earned run on a hit and a walk. Pedro Feliciano followed, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits. Jorge Sosa shut the door in the 9th, however, and did not surrender a hit.

It’s going to be a different team that takes the field tonight when Mike Pelfrey faces Bronson Arroyo in game two of this doubleheader. The possibility remains that Matt Wise will rejoin the bullpen for that game, which would require a roster move. I’m guessing that the two possibilities are a demotion for Joe Smith, which would be a shame, or a retroactive move of Angel Pagan to the DL. I’d prefer the second, but wouldn’t be surprised if Smith got sent down.

-Jonathan Kraft