Willie Harris Wants Beltran Defeated in Playoffs
After Carlos Beltran‘s departure to join the San Francisco Giants, and before Mike Pelfrey’s Wednesday start against the Reds, Willie Harris rallied the troops.
Harris said to anyone in earshot while in the training room,
“Lets make the playoffs and let’s beat Carlos Beltran in the playoffs.”
When asked about his comments, Harris told the NY Post,
“I mean, how cool would that be?” Harris said after the Mets beat the Reds 8-2 at Great American Ball Park. “We trade our best hitter and then we send him home in the playoffs.”
Pelfrey, who seemed to have toned down his criticism of the Mets front office from earlier this week (read comments here)
“Obviously we’re a better team with Carlos Beltran,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that Lucas Duda or Willie Harris or Scott Hairston on the bench can’t step up. [The trade] is unfortunate, but we’re all professionals and we’re going to continue to go out there and play and go out there and win.”
As you know, Pelfrey responded to Harris’ remarks with one of his best starts of 2011, pitching a complete game while allowing only 2 earned runs and 7 hits.
The Mets are 3-0 since Beltran’s departure, have won five straight, and are now a season-high four games over .500, creeping closer to Harris’ request.
What do you think? Will Pelfrey and Harris emerge as team leaders for the Mets?
Further, do you think the Mets have a real shot at the postseason, without Beltran? And can they beat the Giants if they make it into the playoffs?