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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Smith, Delgado, Pelfrey and the trading deadline

At first I was a little upset that Joe Smith got sent down. I know he's been struggling as of late, but I still think he's a good pitcher. I've gotten over it though, and I hope he can work on some adjustments down in AAA that will aid the Mets down the stretch. I feel the Mets need a reliever and contract situations make that tough, so if Joe Smith could be a solid playoff contributor, it would go a long way.

The trading deadline is approaching, and while I feel like we need a move, I'm not quite sure exactly what it should be. There are a lot of underachieving parts on this team, and it's a tough spot to figure out which parts are going to come around, and which could use a backup or replacement. Should we get a decent reserve infielder that can spot Delgado at times? Do we need another decent outfield bat? Another reliever? I don't relish Omar Minaya's job this year, he's got a lot of tough choices. I have faith in him though, based on what he's done so far.

Mike Pelfrey is getting the start tonight, a game in which I'll be in attendance. I have a strange feeling he'll be good. He managed to pitch himself onto this team in the spring against expectation, and he is in that situation again tonight. With Sosa no longer exceeding expectation, I feel like Pelfrey could steal his spot with a gem tonight. Hopefully he'll only be keeping it warm for Pedro, but until Pedro's throw a game or two, It's hard to talk about him.

Carlos Delgado is hitting .333 this July. He's got a .394 OBP this month. Hopefully this is a turning point for him. Whatever the struggles were early, he's looking like he might start turning it around for real. If he plays well the rest of the way, I don't care what happened early this year. Maybe he just struggled to get into his groove, but we're in first place, and if he keeps playing well, it'll stay that way.

This team isn't playing great, but that doesn't mean they can't. Almost everybody is having a poor season, and that just means that they all are capable of playing better. Better than four games up in the division is a good thing, and I expect that at least some of the underachievers will step it up down the stretch and in the playoffs. It's going to be a successful year, I can feel it.

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