After a brief road trip across the middle of the country, I have returned. I was able to catch part of Tuesday’s game and the second half of Sunday’s game, but missed Wednesday-Saturday’s game. Brief thoughts on things that I missed:
— The big story: Robert Carson is a Ghost Met, having been on the roster without getting into a game. I think we’ll see him again, either at Citi Field or in a supernatural baseball game that takes place in an Iowa corn field.
— The other story: Mike Pelfrey is probably done for the year with a torn UCL. That’s rough news for the Big Pelf and the Mets. His performance quality (4.27 ERA over the past four seasons) is easier replaced than his performance quantity. The Mets will miss his 200 inning durability, particularly with this staff: Johan Santana last topped 200 innings in 2008, while Jon Niese and Dillon Gee never have in their careers. That leaves some combination of Chris Schwinden, Miguel Batista, Chris Young, Jeremy Hefner, Garrett Olson, Orlando Hernandez, and various relievers to eat Pelfrey’s innings and then some. We may discover that the known meh often is better than the unknown bleh.
— Okay, Orlando Hernandez will probably not take any of Pelfrey’s innings. But I can wish. And is that really a more ridiculous suggestion than Chris Young and Miguel Batista?
— Jason Bay is on the DL, too. The 2012 Mets are without a whipping boy for the moment. If Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andres Torres are hitting when Bay returns, those three may split playing time between the LF-CF spots.
— Yes, I do know what Ruben Tejada has been up to. His season line is now .310/.366/.405, and Tejada has outplayed all his NL East shortstop counterparts through the season’s first month.
— Ditto for the other hitters atop the Mets’ order: Nieuwenhuis’ line is at .316/.381/.474, while Daniel Murphy’s is at .311/.364/.378.
— Also worth noting: The top of the Mets’ order is now Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, and Daniel Murphy. FWIW, Daniel Murphy batting third has finally stopped being funny, but probably only because we’re all used to it now.
— After Sunday’s action, the Mets have been outscored by 19 runs on the year, yet their record stands at 13-9. This is partially because they’re 6-1 in one run games; it’s also partially because they’ve been blown out a handful of times. Generally speaking, teams that win a bunch of close games while losing blowouts are playing over their heads. But that’s speaking generally, which I believe means “speaking like a general.” So re-read this note in a Robert E. Lee voice with Ken Burns piano music tinkling in the background.
— On the flip side, the Mets’ hitting with runners in scoring position has been somewhat stinky, and their bullpen can be described similarly. Batting with RISP tends to even itself out over the course of a 162 game season. I don’t think (read: hope) their bullpen is this terrible.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got about games I didn’t really watch. Analysis!