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I’ve said many times in this space that one of the keys to the Mets becoming a better team is to not only be able to play the better teams well but also to be able to consitantly beat the worse teams. Last night they proved that they may not be ready to take that next step when they lost to the Colorado Rockies, the team with the worst record in major league baseball. On the other hand, you can’t expect them to win every game against the worse teams so we can probably give them a pass on last night’s game if they can win the next 2.
There was good, bad and ugly in this ballgame. The good was Jose Reyes, who hit his league leading 11th tiple. The bad was Tom Glavine, who allowed 8 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings. The ugly was Doug Mientkiewicz, who went 0 for 3 to lower his batting average to .224.
I think Glavine has been given enough time with the Mets to be officially declared a bust. With Kris Benson stepping it up and Steve Trachsel making strides in rehab Glavine becomes the most expendable starter on the team. (OK, Kazuhisa Ishii is the most expendable but he has no trade value.) With the non waiver trade deadline coming this weekend can Glavine’s days with the Mets be numbered?
As for Mientkiewicz, I’m still a fan of his. I like his defense and his attitude. I’d want to keep him at first base because his defense is a stabilizing force in the infield. At the same time you can only sacrifice so much offense in the name of defense and at this point it may be time to make a change. I realize most people have been thinking that for quite some time already but I like to give a guy like Minky every opportunity to right himself. That means sticking with him until you have no choice anymore. We’re very quickly getting to that time as run production continues to be a problem for this team and could cost them wins as we get into August and the games get more and more important.