Posted by Mack Ade at 2:00 PM
It looks like I am wrong again.
I’ve written a number of times that I never call for changes in the first month of the baseball season, other than ones that are necessary due to injuries to some of the players that come out of camp on the 25-man squad. I like to sit back and see what we have before I react.
I also wrote a piece recently that said that we could cool our jets regarding the relief pitching on this team and everything is going to be just fine when our closer returns.
Last night’s ridiculous loss, on top of the night before stupid loss, just before the night before than that dumb loss, and way ahead of the fourth game ka-ka loss has made me take a second look at what’s going on with this team.
Total change isn’t needed here. Tweaking is. As I’ve said before, there’s a big difference between a pain in the ass and total rectal destruction.
I immediately call for the following ‘adjustments’.
1. Release infielder Jose Reyes. There will be some sad moments in the clubhouse, but this needs to happen for multiple reasons. One, Thomas Brennan could hit higher than this guy can at this point in his career and, two, other players in the system can hit and field better (and run smarter) than Reyes is doing lately. I loved the old Reyes and applauded the Mets for bringing him back last season for the minimum, but any combination of T.J. Rivera (recall him immediately) and Wilmer Flores is going to bat higher than a C-note at this position.
2. Release reliever Rafael Montero. Montero has become this year’s version of Alay Soler. Everything we had hoped this guy would be, never happened. I truly believe most of his problems are in his head and I also hope the Mets just release him so he can get a clean start with another team. For now, bring back Paul Sewald until Jeurys Familia comes back. I would then keep Sewald up and return Sean Gilmartin to Vegas.
I can’t control what Terry Collins does. That’s Reese Kaplan’s job.