Mets Weekly Update: Player of The Month, Q &A and MoreMay 2, 2009
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April Player of The Month
Johan Santana 3-1 | 1.10 ERA | 0.95 WHIP – Santana could easily be 5-0 if not for an error by Daniel Murphy and a blow up by J.J. Putz. If not for Santana’s performance in April, I don’t know where this team would be.
Up Coming Schedule
The Mets are on a stretch now where they will play 20 in a row. Needless to say, I am concerned as to how the starting pitching will hold up and the wear and tear on the bullpen. Are you also concerned?
Q & A
Q: tstrongmets20 - what do u think they will do with Ollie if he gets light up against the phillies? Do u think he’ll go to the pen or be sent down? And if hes sent down who do they call up?
A: First and foremost, let’s hope Oliver Perez turns it around. If Perez continues to struggle, no matter what the Mets do with him, it won’t be good for the team. If I were the manager, I’d give Perez the next two starts to work it out. His next two starts are scheduled to be against the Phillies, a team he normally does great against. I don’t agree with putting Perez in the bullpen. I don’t think that accomplishes anything. What I might do if he struggles the next two starts is send him down to the minors and bring up Nelson Figueroa.
Q: ronnismetsblog – What was Manuel thinking pulling Castro in the ninth for Santos against the Marlins? I love Santos…but Castro had 2 hits.
A: It’s safe to say that was a bad move by Manuel. Manuel said he thought Santos had a better shot of getting a hit because he has a shorter swing. To me this makes no sense. Up to that point, Castro had a nice game while Santos was sitting in the bullpen for 8 innings. This was not a good move, regardless of how much confidence you have in Santos.
Q: MetsFan575 – I want to know your opinion on firing Jerry Manuel
A: Barring a complete utter embarrassment on the field, I think Jerry Manuel will be the Mets manager all season. The Mets fired their manager mid-season last year, I don’t see them doing it again. Even though Manuel has made some questionable decision this year, let’s remember it’s not his fault that none of the starters (besides Santana) have been inconsistent and it’s also not Manuel’s fault the offense is not hitting with RISP.
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