I have to agree with Matt on this one: the just-completed three game dismantling of the Mets at Fenway couldn't have come at a better time.
For starters, the Mets have a comfortable lead in the National League East, and coupled with the general ineptitude up-and-down that division, the Mets can certainly afford to lose a few games here and there. "Here" and "there" being "right now" and "hopefully not anytime soon".
Really, go read Matt's article, because he makes a lot of the same points that I would make. Namely:
- The Mets have some serious problems with the back end of their rotation. Their sizeable division lead gives them some flexibility to try out a few different things, like giving John Maine another shot or bringing up Mike Pelfrey, either as a reliever or a starter.
- Since allowing his first earned run of the season on May 9th, Duaner Sanchez has been awful. Not counting last night's performance, Sanchez has a 5.23 ERA, allowing 24 hits and 12 walks while striking out just 13 in 20.2 innings.
- Willie maybe still isn't a very good in-game manager. Largely, his insistence on batting Paul Lo Duca second in the order despite underwhelming production. I like Lo Duca as a person and, speaking as someone who generally sides with the statheads, I enjoy his approach the game. That said, his knack for situational hitting doesn't really justify slotting his .325 OBP and .395 SLG so high in the order.