Who’s The Boss?

On Thursday, Mets manager Jerry Manuel intimated that each of his starting pitchers not named Santana had one more chance to prove their worth in the rotation.

On Friday, when asked for more details regarding this ultimatum, Omar Minaya’s response was:

“Did Jerry just say that today?”

As David Lennon wrote, “Of course, Manuel says a lot of things that don’t actually end up happening.” — so perhaps Thursdays threat was an empty one. Last year, people conveniently forgot about many of Manuel’s “promises” (ex. his promise that the core regulars would get regular rest) — funny how a few losses can turn a buddha into a babbling buffoon.

I’m not sure what’s more disconcerting — the fact that Minaya and Manuel are clearly on different pages or that Manuel’s act is growing old so quickly.

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. isuzudude April 25, 2009 at 10:44 am
    Ya know, I had a feeling the Mets weren’t going to live up to expectations this year, and that Jerry’s act would grow tiresome. But I had no idea things would sour for him so quickly. I mean, think about it. Just a month ago Jerry was still the master genious, using tired cliches like “we have to go to the opposite field” and “we need to hit and run more” and “we need to find a crossover pitcher in the bullpen.” And everyone ate it up and celebrated Jerry for reinventing the wheel. Well, now, less then a month into the season, the Mets are still trying to pull everything they see, are ranked 12th out of 16 NL teams in SBs with 6 in 16 games, and are still burning through bullpen arms like mid-April is late-September. I guess the world comes crashing down around you pretty fast when all the standards set up in ST are ignored like a 4-eyed geek by the homecoming queen at the prom. Let’s see if Jerry can talk his way out of this one.
  2. Murph April 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm
    Day #1 of Manuel’s ultimatum to the starting pitchers seems to have worked…
  3. joe April 25, 2009 at 10:27 pm
    Oh yeah, that Jerry Manuel is some kind of motivator!

    Keep crackin’ the whip, masta gangsta !

  4. Murph April 26, 2009 at 1:52 am
    …or I’ll cut you.
  5. mic April 26, 2009 at 10:42 am
    The Nats have set the standard…they cut everyone in the BP. Now jeff is looking at Omar, and saying see what happens when you send a message!!

    I think motivation worked with CB and Church too. CB did not like that #5 hitter thing. Church reacted that Murphy comment. Now that CB is hitting 3rd and Luis is getting time at #2 i think the SB total will go up. Also i think Del could be at #5 by weeks end.

  6. isuzudude April 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    Mic, I really don’t think the Nats are setting the standard for anything but futility. If there comes a day the Mets want to fashion themselves after something Washington does, they’ll be joining the Nats in the cellar of the NL East.

    Also, I wouldn’t say Beltran “didn’t like” hitting 5th. After all, he was hitting around .400 in that spot. Instead, I would say Beltran’s style of play, along with Wright’s cold start, suit Carlos more for the 3-hole than the 5.

    I do agree, though, that Delgado could be dropped in the order. Boy, it was only a few days ago we were praising Delgado for getting off to a hot start, and now he looks completely lost at the plate. Problem is, with Beltran entrenched in the 3-hole, and Wright striking out like Rob Deer, who else do the Mets try cleaning up? Sheffield? Church? Bueler?

  7. joe April 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm
    i was being facetious about “motivation” …

    Ryan Church was hitting about this well, this time last year. Beltran is in one of his twice-a-year “zones”. Castillo was internally motivated going back to last October.

    Though, if you’d like to believe the team is reacting to Manuel’s motivational tactics, all you need to do is look at the team’s record to decide how well / poorly his tactics are doing.