It was a perfect night for a laugher - the Phillies played like the Bad News Bears for five innings, and the game was essentially over by 9:00 so I was able to switch channels, watch a great episode of Lost, and then switch back to watch Jorge Julio close out the game. Of course I missed Heath Bell's 2006 debut, but I'll live.
I looked forward to reading all the warm and fuzzies in the "papers" today, but it seems like everyone is still shaking in their boots about Lima and Gonzalez at the back-end of the rotation, worrying about the "pitching crisis" speculating on who the Mets should trade for, and crying the blues.
Newsflash: Check the standings - The Mets Have The Best Record In The National League
There are two big sets of reasons the Mets don't have to scramble to make a big trade:
2. Mike Pelfrey and Alay Soler. These two are not ready yet, but they will be by the All-Star break, and it's better to let them do what they need to do, so they can be most effective and best prepared when they do come up. Personally I think Alay Soler could be called up now, but with a 22-11 record, and a healthy lead, the Mets can well afford to play patchwork for a couple weeks.
3. Victor Zambrano and Brian Bannister. These are the two guys who filled the last two slots at the start of teh season. It's not exactly Koufax and Drysdale here. These are the guys who are out, and these are the guys who the Mets are replacing. Honestly, are Lima and Gonzalez any less intimidating than the pair they are filling in for?
Keep Milledge, Hold the farm, wait it out, all things must pass. Rubber game tonight at 7:05. Have to TiVo The Office.