Posts Tagged ‘Omir Santos’

Faced With a Losing Season, Mets Fans Look on the Brighter Side

September 19, 2009

With the Mets’ season on life support these days, the will to soldier on has reached the point of absurdity. After winning for just the second time in twelve games on Saturday, any reason for a positive outlook is most welcome. Witnessing one disappointing performance after another by Mets starting pitching coupled with bad base running and worsening defensive plays, you could see why any die-hard fan would be searching for other forms of entertainment. However, before you start calling for the heads of Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan, let’s look at some of the good things that have materialized this year for the Mets.

Right fielder Jeff Francoeur, since being brought over to the team via a trade, has hit .318 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs in just 63 games. With so many questions heading into the 2010 season for the Mets, Francoeur gives them a solid number sixth hitter who can drive in runs.

Luis Castillo may be this season’s National League comeback-player-of-the-year, justifying his four-year contract by simply staying healthy. He’s played a large part throughout the majority of games for the Mets thus far this season and is currently batting .306. Castillo is among the team’s top three in hits with 136 and runs with 76. He is also second on the club with 16 stolen bases. Castillo has been their most consistent hitter in addition to playing very solid defense at second base.

Catcher Omir Santos has been a nice surprise filling in for the often-injured Brian Schneider this season. Santos’ two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning back in May that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead against Boston Red Sox closer, Jonathan Papelbon, will go down as one of the most exciting wins for the Mets in 2009.

Right-hander Elmer Dessens, the Mets unofficial long man, has quietly pitched in 25 games so far this season. Dessens has shown that he is a stable choice as a middle reliever coming out of the bullpen. One of his many bright spots this season has been his ability to hold big league hitters to a .218 batting average.

So after all is said and done, it’s been a pretty forgettable and disastrous season for the Amazins. Admittedly though, this is hopefully a one-time thing—can’t imagine there will be many more seasons where your entire set of starters end up on the DL one after the other. At least there were a few positives along the way.

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Will the Real Marlins Please Stand Up?

April 28, 2009

If the Florida Marlins weren’t still sitting atop the NL East division by the slimmest of margins, last night’s 7-1 victory would most likely be nothing more than a tune-up for the Mets as they prepare for their three-game series this weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Since starting the season with an 11-1 record, the Marlins have found themselves losers of seven straight. After being touted as this year’s Tampa Bay Rays, the only truth be told for the Marlins, who are fading fast, is that their payroll hovers near or below Alex Rodriguez’ single-season salary. Not only is Florida hanging by a thread, their All-Star shortstop, Hanley Ramirez, has been listed as day-to-day after being handcuffed by a John Maine fastball. Ramirez was struck on his right wrist in the first inning and immediately taken out of the game.

The Mets however were much more fortunate. The back-up to the back-up catcher, Omir Santos, put the Mets ahead in their bottom half of the first inning, 6-1, with his first career homerun, a grand slam. John Maine had a very strong outing in which he lasted six innings with an unearned run as the only run he allowed. Mets third baseman David Wright showed signs of coming out of his slump by going 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI, his seventh of the season. The Mets did have their share of negatives. First baseman Carlos Delgado was a late scratch stemming from a sore hip he experienced while running out yesterday’s three-base hit. Second baseman Luis Castillo had to come out of last night’s game with what was diagnosed as back spasms.

Livan Hernandez will take the hill tonight for the second installment of this current three-game series. His start will conclude the latest turn in the Mets starting rotation. If Hernandez can replicate Maine’s performance against the Marlins last night, perhaps Oliver Perez’ previously disappointing outing may not seem so dire.

For further reading, check out this post entitled An Emerging Threat in the NL East.