The Eddie Kranepool Society

Sunday, May 14, 2006

OH THOSE RUNNERS LEFT ON BASE While we sing woe is me over the 4th and 5th spot in the pitching rotation, the Mets offense is leaving runner in scoring position by the boat load. This inability to get a clutch hit by anyone not named Delgado, it's putting a very big strain on the bullpen as the relievers have no cushion for error when they get in a game. Today the Mets batters went 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position in another loss and another losing series. Oh by the way the Phillies are but a game out of first with their win today. It's off to St. Louis and 3 games with Albert Pujols and friends. So now what does Willie do after Jose Valentin goes 4 for5 with 2 doubles filling in for the slumping Cliff Floyd? Do you saty with the hot hand? Do you put Cliffy back in the line up? Do you start a platoon? Another strong start by Petey. 7 IP 4 H 4 R and the big number 2 walks and 10 K's and another no decision . Maybe the Pelfrey call up talk will be put on the back burner after his start today. The B-Mets lost to the Altoona Curve 3-1. Pelfrey went 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits. He also walked 4 batters and K'd 3. So after bouncing back in his last start, Pelfrey continued to show some inconsistency in his pitching. Time for Heilman to come back to the rotation. Speak of which this is from Mike Vacaro's column in today's NY Post: {I have to admit, my first reaction to the Mets' pitching predicament was to keep Aaron Heilman right where he is, because the bullpen was such a strength in the first six weeks. But a strong bullpen doesn't mean quite as much if the starting pitching can't get it the ball with a lead. It's time to make that move. } Hummm.... where did I here that one. (see yesterday's entry above) < |