A few thoughts

Posted: July 5, 2010 in Knicks, Mets

The Mets rebounded nicely from one of their most frustrating losses of the season by beating the Nationals today, 9-5. This one should have been a laugher as the Mets built an 8-0 lead, but nothing ever seems to come easy in Mets land. So naturally, by the ninth inning, K-Rod was back out there hoping for a shot at redemption. He nailed down the save today after absolutely tanking it the day before, allowing three runs and recording only one out in the Mets’ 6-5 loss on Saturday. The Mets are now 46-36, two games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. They return home for six games against playoff contenders Cincinnati and Atlanta, and then the All-Star break comes.
This team has shown me a lot of positive things this season, namely a resilient quality that’s been lacking in the last few years. They’ve suffered many heartbreaking losses (10 walk-off defeats), yet usually don’t let the effects of those losses manifest themselves into a long losing streak. Still, I think the club is one frontline starter and a solid setup man away from being a playoff squad. Let’s see what happens in July as the trade deadline draws closer.

One thing which should help the Mets is the return of Carlos Beltran. My wife and I have seen Beltran in two of his rehab games for St. Lucie, and he’s swinging the bat well and moving pretty well, also. Getting him back around the All-Star break will be like making a major trade, assuming Beltran can stay healthy. Also saw a glimpse of the future, as 18-year-old shortstop Wilmer Flores looks like the real thing. He homered in last night’s game, and has plus-bat speed. Also doesn’t strike out much and should develop even more power as he fills out his 6-3 frame (has eight homers this season but I could see him developing into a 25-30 homer guy down the road). Also, starting pitcher Jeurys Familia has great stuff, with a fastball that consistently sat at 95-96, touching 97 on a few occasions. He’s still a bit raw command-wise, but he’s got a solid assortment of offspeed pitches. Will be interesting to see how he and Jenrry Mejia come along the next few years, assuming they aren’t traded.

I’ve been quiet on the Knicks’ pursuit of big-time free agents, waiting to see how things transpire. For the better part of two years, most Knicks fans thought they had a great shot of landing LeBron James. Now it seems the Knicks are barely mentioned in the LeBron sweepstakes. Not sure what to make of this, but LeBron would be the King of New York if he came to the Knicks. Granted, he probably wouldn’t win the title in his first season, but the Knicks (who are closing in on Amar’e Stoudemire) will have more salary coming off the books next year when Eddy Curry’s ridiculous contract (thanks Isaiah) is up. I know LeBron loves playing at Madison Square Garden, but he also wants to win, and his best shot at doing that is probably with the Bulls, unless he teams up with Dwyane Wade in Miami (still don’t see that happening, in fact there might be a better chance both end up in Chicago than Miami). Just glad they didn’t overspend on Joe Johnson, who the Hawks signed to a six-year, $119 million deal today. Johnson’s a nice player, but I don’t view him as a huge difference maker, definitely not worth that kind of money. Should be an interesting next couple of days. Just hope to see a winning team at the Garden next year. It’s been WAY too long…..

  1. I completely agree about the winner in The Garden.

    I am trying not to get too worked up about Stoudemire’s knees and eyes, and am hoping that if LeBron spurns NY that they don’t just wantonly throw the cash around at whoever is left just to spend it.

    I have trusted Walsh throughout his tenure and continue to trust that he knows what he’s doing. So far, so good.

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