When pinch hitter Jose Reyes took his 2nd base on balls of the young season during tonight’s 3-2 Mets win over Philly, Fran Healy was heard to comment that the shortstop “shouldn’t get too obsessed with walks. You want him to be aggressive up there.”
Yes, by all means, this obsession with walks might actually result in the Mets’ everyday leadoff hitter reaching first base more than 28% of the time, giving Beltran and Floyd the opportunity to drive in more runs, the Mets win more game than they lose and actually resemble a competent baseball team.
How hard is it for Healy to understand that if Reyes can’t get on base, he’s not doing his job? Number 7’s tremendous speed is going to waste if he’s only using it when walking back to the dugout swinging and missing at 3 pitches.
After tonight’s astonishing showing by P Jae Seo (7 IP, 1 hit, 8 K’s, 2 walks, no runs), the South Korean right hander might be on his way back to Norfolk, despite a 2-1 record and a 2.00 ERA. With Kris Benson returning to the roster tomorrow, someone’s gotta be sent down. It’s just a shame it can’t be Tom Glavine. Cliff Floyd (above) homered, extended his hitting streak to 20 games, and robbed Jason Michaels of a 2 run HR with a brilliant catch in the 7th inning. I resisted few chances last season to mock Floyd’s immobility, his crap fielding and generally shitty attitude, but let it be noted the Mets would be nowhere without his contributions thus far in 2005.
Braden Looper collected his 5th save after serving up solo shots to Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu in the 9th. As long as Looper continues to struggle, I see no reason why John Rocker shouldn’t continue chasing his dream of someday riding the 7 train in full Mets uniform.