Help wanted: Someone who can hit a baseball

Posted: June 21, 2009 in Odds and Sods
David, you know I love ya, but just what the hell is this?

David, you know I love ya, but just what the hell is this? Photo by Associated Press

  • All right, time for a little rant.
  • After watching the Mets’ pathetic excuse for an offense today, I can’t help but wonder what things would be like had, oh I don’t know, Omar Minaya actually addressed the team’s hitting in the offseason.
  • Seems to me his primary focus was on the bullpen. Fine. We all know how bad the Mets’ pen was last year.
    However, with injuries ravaging the team and key players Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado out for extended stays on the disabled list, this team would look a whole lot better had Minaya signed Adam Dunn or Raul Ibanez in the offseason.

    I can defend not signing Ibanez since he’s 37 and no one would have anticipated his morphing into Babe Ruth, but not making a play for Dunn is inexcusable.

  • I know the knocks on Dunn. He’s a bad defender. He strikes out too much. He’s been on lousy teams throughout his career. But his 18 homers and .928 OPS would look great on this squad right now. He’s never hurt and he’s only 30 years old. He can play outfield and first base (albeit not well, but you can live with that if the guy’s slugging mammoth homers). Gary Sheffield and Carlos Beltran share the team lead in home runs with eight.
  • David Wright is having a very strange season in which he’s hitting around .350 but has just four homers and is striking out at an alarming rate.

  • I know the rotation could use an upgrade, but guys like Livan Hernandez and Fernando Nieve have been pleasant surprises, and hopefully one of Oliver Perez or John Maine (not counting on both) can come back and make an impact. The NL East is winnable, despite the Mets’ slumbering play of late. They’re now 34-32 with Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Rays, but the Phillies’ pitching is falling apart right now and they’ve lost five in a row.
  • The Mets are still two games back.

  • On a positive note, Johan rebounded nicely from the worst start of his career, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Carlos Pena blasted a solo homer off him in the seventh to saddle Santana with the loss, but he looked good. Velocity was up on the fastball and he carried a no-no into the fifth. Not going to do much if your offense produces one run on three hits, only one hit after the fourth (Beltran’s meaningless single in the ninth).

  • Next up, weather permitting again: Rays (Niemann) at Mets (Pelfrey), 1:10 p.m. on Sunday.

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