Archive for July 22nd, 2009

With the Mets Shutout Again, the Night Belonged to Minaya

July 22, 2009

Mets GM Omar Minaya was asked to join SNY’s Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez in the booth during the Mets 4-0 loss to the last place Washington Nationals last night. The conversation began at the start of the fourth inning with the Mets at the plate and the score still tied at zero.

“Hopefully, we can get a win tonight,” Minaya said.

After mentioning that New York was a two-team town and that some years like this one can be difficult, Minaya asked Mets fans to approach the up-coming trade deadline by looking at the big picture. As the inning for the Mets batters ended abruptly, we were made to ponder that thought during a commercial break. It is now the bottom half of the fourth inning and Minaya is still hanging in there. His latest reasoning behind the Mets disappointing season thus far seems to angle more towards a lack of power in the lineup and poor execution then the unfortunate circumstances of his injured core players.

“You have to ask yourself, what’s going on, when you don’t see us hit any home runs in Philly,” Minaya said as he witnessed one of six walks executed by Mets starter Oliver Perez last night.

Minaya then quickly changes gears to expound on the notion that the Mets clubhouse is extremely cohesive and that his coaching staff has worked tirelessly on the fundamentals of the game. Then, as a single drives past a diving Luis Castillo, the Mets GM praises his second baseman for bouncing back and having a somewhat productive year. Minaya also feels compelled to mention the pleasant surprise of back-up catcher Omir Santos. However, the situation becomes a little uncomfortable when Minaya is made to defend the talent in his farm system and the integrity of his medical staff.

“I support critique, but not from those that are considered non-evaluators,” Minaya said.

With July 31st fast approaching, the question on every Mets fan’s mind is whether Minaya will be aggressive and make a play for some outside help or perhaps stick with what he’s currently got and play out the remaining games of the season.