Weekly Update: How To Shake Up The Team Plus Q & AApril 25, 2009
The New York Mets had a terrible week highlighted by a sweep in St. Louis which saw the team make a bunch of boneheaded plays, bad starting pitching and no offensive production. With that said, all the talk this week has ranged from demoting starting pitchers, to benching Daniel Murphy , letting Gary Sheffield go and/or firing Jerry Manuel. In my video below I discuss these topics plus my weekly Q & A.
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Q & A
Q: darknova306 - How long would you leave Murphy in LF if his D doesn’t improve? Is his bat really enough to make up for it?
A: Unless Murphy shows that he can’t consistently catch a routine pop fly, I think he will be out there. The Mets knew coming into this season that Murphy was out of position and it would be a challenge for him in LF. It’s simple, Murphy is on this team because he can hit, and as long as he hits he will be out there.
Q: NYMNYJ22 - Do you know if the Mets have any big power bats in there farm system?
A: Outside of Nick Evans, I don’t think there is much in the farm system. At least there isn’t anyone thats ready to play on the big team now. That’s the main reason why I think they signed Sheffield. The Mets knew they needed more pop in the line-up.
Q: nymdsa1 - What are my thoughts on Matt Holliday and our chances to get a big time pitcher.
A: I think there is a good change Matt Holliday will be traded before the deadline and the Mets will surely be mentioned, especially if the offense continues to struggle. Holliday is in the last year of his deal, so look for Oakland to move him. On the flip side, I also think you will hear the Mets mentioned in trade rumors for Roy Oswalt, Jake Peavy and Roy Halladay. All teams who could potentially be out of their races by the trade deadline and if the Mets are in it, which we expect them to be and the starting pitching continues to struggle, look for the Mets to make a move. If I had my choice of the three, I’d go with Peavy. He’s 28, in the prime of his career and he is signed through 2012 with a club option for 2013.
I’ll be doing a Q & A segment every week. If you have a question that you would like me to discuss and answer, please Email Me.