Lasorda’s Lair has teamed up with Rising Apple, the Mets site on the FanSided network, to bring you a 6-pack of questions heading into this weekend’s series between the Dodgers (15-17) and Mets (13-18). Also ESPN.com’s Buster Olney provides more disturbing news for Dodger fans in his daily video blog, you do not want to miss what Buster has to say.
In an ideal world, he would be a big part of the Mets long-term plans. However, with the Wilpon/financial situation, the franchise might not have the money it would take to re-sign Jose Reyes. As a result, there’s a good chance Reyes will be elsewhere come the trade deadline.
2. Who has been the biggest surprise for the Mets thus far this season?
Definitely Pedro Beato. The Mets plucked the right-handed reliever from the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft this past off-season, and it’s looked like quite the savvy move. Beato has posted a 0.00 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 3.33 K/BB in 17 innings. That’s right, no earned-runs. Unfortunately, he was recently placed on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis, so his near future is a little up in the air. Oh well.
3. What do the Mets have to do to get back in the race, what is this team missing?
They need to play more consistently. There hitting core is extremely solid. When healthy (and productive), and lineup of Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Ike Davis, Josh Thole, and Dan Murphy is hard to beat. Their bullpen was also shaping up, with Francisco Rodriguez closing, Jason Isringhausen setting up, and Taylor Buchholz and Pedro Beato chipping in too. The loss of Johan Santana REALLY hurts this team. They are in dire need of a legitimate ace pitcher, and none of Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Chris Young, or Chris Capuano come close to filling that role.
4. How distracting are the front office issues for the team on the field? As I Dodger fan I am well aware how a poor ownership situation can trickle down to the product on the field, is this happening to the 2011 Mets?
Luckily for the Mets, the Wilpons hired Sandy Alderson as their GM. If there’s one guy who can right and sinking ship, it’s Sandy Alderson.
5. Obviously losing Jenrry Mejia to Tommy John surgery is a big blow to the farm system, he seemed to be pitching really well as a starter, is there someone close who could be called up if there is an injury to the starting rotation?
Dillon Gee. Gee is actually on the active roster, but he’s been placed in the bullpen. He’s a starter by nature, and filled in quite nicely in 2010 (2.18 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 1.13 K/BB ratio in five starts), and in two starts this season while Chris Young was on the disabled list (2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 3.00). If Chris Capuano or Mike Pelfrey continue to pitch poorly, you can count on Gee stealing one of their spots in the rotation.
6.Along those line what prospects are you most excited about for the Mets in both the short and long-term?