5/13/2006 12:33:00 PM
I'VE SEEN ENOUGH LIMA TIME
At first I wanted to see exactly if Jose Lima had anything left to really be able to compete as a big league pitcher. I didn't blame those who said "put Heilman in the rotation" but I wasn't ready to join that crowd. Well, after last night I'm in it's time to take Aaron Heilman out of the pen and into the rotation fan club as there is no way that the Mets can send out Lima to pitch another game. Just like his last start against the Braves, the Brewers figured out Lima Time's pitches on the second go round of their batting order. The hitters knew to lay off pitches off the plate and to work counts in their favor and sit on his batting practice fastball. The Geoff Jenkins at bat was the key. As Mex said during the telecast, Jenkins has an all or nothing swing he worked the count to 3-1 and Lima sent him a nice big cantaloupe right over the plate and BOOM! 3 run double.
Hey the Mets gave this guy a shot but in the grand tradition of James Baldwin and Scott Erickson Lima Time is past his expiration date and should not be taking up a valuable spot on the 40 man roster any longer.
With the team in a bad 4 losses in it's last 5 games skid and the unrealistic names being screamed out by talk radio zealots in trades, it now makes sense to take Aaron Heilman out of the pen and into the rotation. As much as I agree with Willie Randolph that the bull pen has been a great strength and moving Heilman would weaken it, if the Mets starters can't get out of the 5th inning what good is a reliever who pitches late in the game? Plus what did you get Jorge Julio for blow out protection? Let Julio take the 7th inning slot and let's get Heilman in the rotation as there is no way in hell I want to see Lima Time against the Highlanders next weekend.