Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mets bats silent during another Santana start

The Mets wasted another excellent Santana start yesterday. Between the errors made by Wright and Reyes, the bullpen's meltdown, Manuel's decision to play Tatis at first base, and Derek Lowe's strong pitching, the Mets reverted to again playing second-class baseball.

The Mets didn't sign Lowe because of the contract he demanded; however, I think the Mets risk-aversion could turn out to be a big mistake.

Minaya needs to improve the team's hitting. One way to do that is to release Sheffield, who's hitting only .182 in 44 at-bats.

In Buffalo, Tim Redding pitched seven innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits and a walk. His performance was good enough to lead the Bisons to a rare win. Expect Redding to be wearing a Mets uniform soon. Nick Evans again didn't play. If he continues to hit poorly — he's down to .093 — I wouldn't be surprised to see him playing for Binghamton in the near future.

The B-Mets won, powered by German-born Tobi Stoner's seven innings of two-hit ball.

St. Lucie shut out Palm Beach, 3-0. Lefty Eric Niesen picked up his second win with six innings of shutout ball, which lowered his ERA to 1.85. Ike Davis failed to get a hit while striking out two more times. In 115 at-bats he's struck out 29 times.

Savannah lost. Starter Robert Carson didn't yield an earned run; however, four crossed the plate after third baseman Jefry Marte's fielding error. It was Marte's 14th error in 30 games. Maybe the Mets should try him at another position. On the plus side, Sean Ratliff's two hits included a homer, his fourth of the season, increased his average to .355. Expect him to get promoted to St. Lucie soon.

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