When the Carloses Go Cold

The two Carloses
There is something really, really frightening about the Mets’ current struggles — the hot streaks of the Carloses.

Carlos Beltran is absolutely on fire, in one of those “zones” that he finds 2-3 times per year. Similarly, Carlos Delgado is blistering the ball to all fields, driving deep bombs over fences, and, for a while there, was looking like the guy who carried the Mets on his back for the second half of last year.

So why is this a problem?

Because despite both Carloses hitting the bejesus out of the ball, the Mets are still losing. Which begs the question: what happens when the Carloses cool off, which considering each’s past history as red-hot / ice-cold streak hitters, is a guarantee? Further, if the Mets can’t stay above .500 with their two most dangerous hitters on fire (and David Wright and Jose Reyes both over .300), how in the world can they win when the Carloses go cold?

Don’t look now, but Delgado is already cooling off — his average has dropped nearly a hundred points in the last eight days. Beltran looks like he can stay warm for at least a few more weeks, but will it matter?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 April 24, 2009 at 10:45 am
    I’ve been thinking about this the whole time, too…..sort of like wasting hot goaltending, by not scoring runs.

    The Met lineup has never “played on the same page”…I don’t expect it to change, either.

    Too much of the “same script” going on already this year.

  2. Walnutz15 April 24, 2009 at 11:25 am
    *not scoring goals…

    My bad — Rangers on the brain. Speaking of which: hopefully, I’ll be able to figure out a way to keep tabs on the hockey game tonight at Citi.

    Johan’s the only reason I’m even contemplating attending tonight.