Scapegate

Ok, so the headline is a little strong. Willie Randolph’s firing was something everyone could see, but the timing…hour, day, month…was all wrong. I’m never one for firing a manager midseason, since I can’t remember the last time it actually turned the team into a win machine. And some teams have gone late into seasons and suddenly just started winning every game in sight (2007 Colorado Rockies, 2005 Oakland A’s). Personally, if the Mets were to fire Willie it should have been after last season, or if during this season at least a week or two ago before interleague play resumed to give the interim guy some time to fiddle around with less meaningful games (let’s face it, interleague games affect you much less than games against intraleague teams).
Cleaning House? The firing of first base coach Tom Nieto instead of doing something about the woeful offense is a mystery to me. Almost everyone who isn’t Ryan Church or Moises Alou (who are both injured) are underperforming in some manner at the plate. Rick Peterson I do not completely agree with the firing of (I began this sentence with what should be the end of it. Screw you, grammar). His one big oopsie is convincing Mets Heads that he could turn Victor Zambrano into something better than Scott Kazmir. Hahahahahahaaaa. On the other hand he molded John Maine into a pretty good mid-rotation starter and got Oliver Perez to perform somewhere between his one good season with the Pirates and the subsequent one and a half awful ones.

Things I am sad about:
The Mets missed out on Manny Acta. He got the Nats to perform way better than many people thought they would last year. Even though the Nats are on pace for a worse season this round I still believe that he could at least have a team like the Mets somewher north of .500. He doesn’t think in terms of small-ball or power-ball, he just thinks in terms of baseball.
Carlos “freaking” Delgado. One good season is all the Mets got, whoopee. Now he can’t hit for a decent average or power and he has no range in fielding. Imagine if the Mets had kept those prospects and had been in the running for some guy named Teixeira. Although 2006 might not have gone as far as it did, but 2007 wouldn’t have been an almighty season-ending turd.
Aaron “batting practice” Heilman. Whoever the Mets have take over Rick Peterson’s role, my hope is that he gets Aaron to realize what an utter shit-heap he is being so far. If he comes in with a large lead or deficit he can pitch perfectly…otherwise the game gets blown to hell.
Matt “is not” Wise. Nice free agency pick-up, testicle faces.
The inconsistent bullpen. There are a few guys that have been more or less solid, but it seems that when they have that one bad game it results in a loss, since the offense putters out all to often. There is also Jorge Sosa, who has coupled his 7.06 ERA with a sparkling 4-0 record. WTF?
I am about to hand the Phillies the NL East. The season is far from over, and there have been cases where teams with large leads have blown them late in the season. But as of now the Phillies are rolling strong and a few guys aren’t even performing up to par…RYAN HOWARD. They are on pace for about 95 wins, which is more or less a where they should wind up. Their Pythagorean W-L has them at 45-28 instead of the 42-31 they currently sit at. The Mets will be playing for the WC, if anything.
England. Why couldn’t you qualify for Euro 2008?
NY Islanders. Such a tease over the first half of the hockey season as I knew they were overachieving, but with Ted Nolan you start to believe that it can continue. I can only wonder were they’d be if the hadn’t traded three first rounders for that blubbering shite, Ryan Smyth.

Things I am happy about:
The Fantasy Baseball season so far. Sitting at first in one league and a smidge behind third in another, so far so good. Now I just have to see if all my steals are half-season wonders.
Brad Lidge. I’ve always liked Lidge, since his days in Houston. There isn’t anything wrong with a guy who likes his Herodotus.
Euro 2008. I love soccer. Croatia and Turkey have ripped through supposedly better teams and now have to face each other. I wonder how they’ll fare if one of them ends up facing the now tournament favorite Netherlands in the final.
US Soccer. World Cup Qualifying is underway and the US Men started with a 8-0 beatdown on Barbados. The second leg is in Barbados on Sunday, July 22nd. Meanwhile the Women’s team made up for their 4-0 finals loss to Brazil and beat them 1-0.
P2P TV. I will say that this is “legal” and awesome. I’ve been able to watch all sorts of baseball games in English and soccer in a multitude of languages (Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Croatian so far). Google search: TVAnts, SopCast, TVUPlayer to start. Research and choose at your own discretion.

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