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Santos for Castro Revisited

There were other reasons the Mets lost yesterday, but the magnifying glass is on Jerry Manuel’s unbelievably illogical decision to replace Ramon Castro with Omir Santos in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and the bases loaded.

Per Manuel:

“I thought Santos had a better shot. I think Santos has a little shorter swing and when you have a little shorter swing it’s easier to get to a guy who’s throwing in the upper 90s. If it would’ve been a different, um, let’s say a sinker-slider guy, then Ramon would’ve continued to hit.”

Manuel stated this with conviction and clarity, and looked every writer in the eye as he said it. It was still absolute idiocy.

First is the obvious: Ramon Castro has 11 years’ big league experience, compared to Santos’ 35 MLB at-bats.

Second is the just as obvious: Castro already had two hits on the day, both off of Josh Johnson, who BY THE WAY was throwing in the upper 90s. In fact his 97-98 MPH fastballs were only a mile or two slower than Matt Lindstrom’s 98-99 MPH heaters.

Third is the nearly as obvious: Santos was “cold”, meaning, he’d been sitting on the bench all game. Pinch-hitting is hard enough, but to come into a game late and face a guy throwing that kind of gas … well, it’s damn near impossible to get a hit.

Fourth is the not-so-obvious: Omir Santos was unprepared to pinch-hit. He was so sure he had no chance of getting into the game at that point, he was somewhere in the clubhouse (getting undressed? head start on the caterer’s table? on the can?).

What this move came down to was Jerry Manuel deciding that he’d take a page out of Joe Torre’s book and “play a hunch”. If it worked, he’d be praised in the press as an absolute genius. If it didn’t, no matter, he’s still a media darling and they’ll give him a pass. Heck, if he explains himself clearly and looks everyone in the eye, no one will question how blatantly stupid a move it was. This Jedi mind trick stuff has been working since last June, after all.

Unfortunately for Jerry, this blogger is calling you to the carpet. My guess is the rest of the media will follow suit, and shortly.

Let’s not forget that this time next week, Omir Santos will be in Buffalo and Ramon Castro will still be a New York Met. Manuel has more or less sent the message that he does not trust in Castro’s skill at the plate in a big spot — how is that going to affect Castro’s psyche in future situations? How would YOU feel, if you were Ramon Castro?

By the way, Jerry Manuel is signed through 2010, and will collect $1.5M for this year and next. Willie Randolph is due to receive $2.25M this year. The chance that the Wilpons will eat almost $4M AND pay someone new is next to nil. So get used to the idiocy.

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Link Roundup

Doug Glanville gives an update on Marlon Anderson.

At Jimmy Scott’s High and Tight, former Met Eric Valent tells the story of being the 25th man on the roster, playing in Japan, and, eventually, transitioning from player to coach to scout. Insightful stuff.

Brad Lidge is nursing a sore knee and is “day to day”. That could be good news for the Mets, with the Phillies series coming up this weekend.

Kerel Cooper at OnTheBlack explains why the Mets’ weekend series win over the Nationals left him disappointed.

Metstradamus explains how you can have a Citi Field ticket for a seat that doesn’t exist — though you will have a cupholder.

Coop at MySummerFamily isn’t worried about Oliver Perez’s maddening start to the season — explaining that he started out just as inconsistently in ’08 and ’07, and is bound to come around.

Andrew Vazzano of TheRopolitans posts the results of his Twitter poll, “What to Do with Omir Santos?”

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Mets Game 19: Win Over Marlins

Mets 7 Marlins 1

The Mets got all the runs they needed during a first inning explosion, capped off by a grand slam off the bat of Omir Santos.

John Maine protected the five-run lead through six strong innings — his longest stint of the season — allowing only one hit, three walks, and an earned run. He struck out four and threw 94 pitches.

Game Notes

Jets’ first-round pick Mark Sanchez threw out the ceremonial first pitch … and looked like a girl doing it. He admitted later that he wasn’t much of a baseball fan growing up. Still, you’d think a quarterback would at least look decent throwing a baseball. Weak.

Are my eyes deceiving me, or are those obnoxious Citi Field sleeve patches growing?

David Wright was the only Met with more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 including a monstrous, 408-foot triple to dead center, and looked much improved at the plate. Wright also made several stellar plays in the field.

Santos’ slam was his first big-league homer. He’s beginning to make the Mets wonder why they’re paying Ramon Castro $2.5M, and is making a strong case to stay on the roster when Brian Schneider returns.

Carlos Delgado sat out this game with hip pain, and Fernando Tatis filled in at first base. Alex Cora came on late in the game in place of Luis Castillo, who suffered back spasms.

J.J. Putz threw a scoreless eighth inning but expended 21 pitches in the process. Frankie Rodriguez closed things out in a non-save situation, but also threw more than twenty pitches (24 to be exact). One must wonder if both will be available if needed tomorrow night.

Next Mets Game

The Mets look to extend Florida’s losing streak to eight games tomorrow night at 7:10 PM. Livan Hernandez goes to the hill against Ricky Nolasco.

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