> Someone really needs to tell Terry to quit the lefty/right thing if the season is over.
If you're rebuilding, let the kids play everyday and get experience facing all types of pitching.
How does Valdespin or Baxter benefit not hitting lefties? < That's one way to look at it. There's certainly something to be said for doing that. The other way to look at it from Terry's point of view, is that he was hired to win as many games as he can. To do that, he looks at the stat sheet and assesses his best odds for who to put in the starting lineup and who to bat in a given situation. Personally, I don't want Terry to just concede every game from now to the end of the season. I'd rather watch a team that's really trying to win, instead of a team that's completely thrown in the towel and is treating the rest of the season like it was Spring Training (i.e. Just want to "get their work in"). I'd also like to see the Mets play spoilers for teams trying to get into the playoffs (Karmic payback for that having been done to them).
It's not really conceding if you're seeing if Valdespin can hit lefties.
It's not really conceding to let Murphy play as many games as possible at a position he's played very little in his career.
I don't really blame TC and as you and others have pointed out, it's his job to win games at this point.
I still think if it's a rebuild, it's a half-arrse way of going about it.
<<"Yes. Very true. The minors and ST are the places for experimentation and training."
Then why do they expand rosters in Sep? It gives teams, especially those out of the playoff hunt, opportunities to play young guys. It's nearing the end of August and the Mets can take advantage of getting a longer look at some of the young players, instead of a couple guys who likely won't be in NY next year.
I'm all for winning when it matters, but that ship has sailed. Let Mejia pitch; let McHugh pitch; let Familia pitch; bring back Duda. It really is time to experiment. What's the worst that can happen-the Mets lose a few more games and move up a couple of positions in next year's draft?
<<"Valdespin can't even hit right handed pitching why do you want to see him struggle against lefties? And Baxter will not be a part of the future he is only a fill in until others are ready"
It's not that I disagree with you, but it's not what half the board is saying.
Valdespin is a little interesting because he has speed and some pop. I don't think he's an OFer and if he has a future, it's at 2B. Still, with Murphy at 2B at the moment, it would be nice to get Valdespin some ABs. Also, since the Mets have no one to play CF next year, I guess his names gets tossed in the hat with Nieuwenhuis and Den Dekker. Neither of whom are overly impressive.
"you play to win"
I still love old herm for that gem.