(chant “Looper sucks” all you want. Braden’s getting paid either way)

Rather than wonder why a supposedly major league team was reduced to relying on Miguel Cairo and Gerald Williams for RF duties in yesterday’s depressing (though thoroughly predictable) 6-5 10 inning defeat to the Nationals, let’s instead shit all over the Mets’ Jae Seo, who might be out of the 2006 rotation. After all, he’s had all of 2 bad starts since being called up for the 2nd time.

From the NY Daily News’ Darren Everson :

When Willie Randolph mentioned recently that Jae Seo hasn’t secured a spot in next year’s rotation, he said reporters looked at him like he was “a little nuts.”

It doesn’t sound so crazy now, though.

It’s not that Seo has done anything wrong – although he did have a shaky start yesterday, allowing 10 hits and four runs in five innings. It’s also what Aaron Heilman has done.

Heilman could be a candidate for the Mets’ 2006 rotation, Randolph said before yesterday’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Nationals. The manager added that Heilman may go to winter ball this offseason and pitch as a starter.

Yesterday, Heilman continued his exceptional pitching of late, tossing two scoreless, hitless innings. The former first-rounder has allowed two earned runs since the end of July.

Randolph again clarified that, by stating Seo isn’t a sure starter next season, he merely was saying that he needs to see how he looks next spring.

I attended Thursday’s gloomfest and can report that the claimed attendence figure of 21,140 is a slight exaggeration. By about 20,000.