Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Jerry Manuel's Mistake
The Mets are falling fast and everyone is rightfully talking deja vu. But again, if the Mets don't make the playoffs Omar Minaya needs to be fired mostly for failing to address his team's most dire need: bullpen help. I'm sick and tired of people like Mike Francesa covering for Omar's ass with his "well it's tough to get a reliever", "know one was out there" BS. If the Mets had Brian Cashman or Theo Epstein as GM, I guarantee that either one would've done better than bringing in a 1-7 pitcher with a 6+ ERA from a last place team (no offense to Luis Ayala whose done a pretty decent job, but you get my drift). And yes there were guys out there like ex-Met Chad Bradford (picked up by Tampa Bay) and the A's Huston Street (considering that the A's have tossing out pitchers like wet rags this year, I don't see how the Mets just couldn't get Street before the trade deadline). Either one would've helped this team immensely, but if as I suspect Omar didn't want to let go of his personal "super prospect" Fernando Martinez (who's so good that he wasn't even promoted to the big leagues with the rest of the September call-ups), it just shows you another reason why overall Omar has been a failure as a GM.
Besides all that Jerry Manuel isn't helping his case by refusing to let Luis Castillo bat second in the line-up, where he's a much better fit than 7th. Castillo is a proven hitter, high OBP guy, a veteran and a winner. Ryan Church hasn't been himself since May, he should be batting 6th or 7th. Judging from Castillo getting benched for Argenis Reyes today, you definitely get the feeling that there's something personal going on between Castillo and Manuel, but now not the time for that stuff, Manuel needs to concentrate on doing what's best for the team and batting Castillo down in the order is not it.