Random Notes for July 18
More random thoughts on the current state of the Mets
– I don’t mind Willie Randolph playing Jose Valentin to “get him going”. Yes, I’m the guy begging to see Gotay starting, but Valentin is a good all-around player who can help the team in many ways off the bench, starting 2-3 times per week at 2B and in the outfield. Ideally, Willie would mix and match Valentin, Gotay, Shawn Green, Lastings Milledge, and Carlos Delgado, keeping all of them fresh and focused. However, that’s a bit too much juggling for Randolph — he’s still trying to figure out that double-switch thing.
– We may look back on Tuesday night’s victory as the turning point in the season. The attitude, focus, and body language were indicative of a team hungry to win. They’ll need to keep that going through October if it’s to be a championship season.
– Pointed out by regular MetsToday visitor Micalpalyn: Tom Glavine’s quest for 300 is more or less under the radar lately, which is a good thing. Four out of his last five starts were absolute gems, the only poor one being in Colorado. His focus on 300 has left, and he’s back to concentrating on one pitch at a time.
– Gotta love Willie Randolph playing down the extra BP before the game last night. God forbid he give HoJo some credit so soon after his “brother” Rick Down left.
– Carlos Delgado is batting .312 over his last 93 at-bats. I think it’s safe to say he’s out of his slump.