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My Quick Take on Jose Reyes; Start #2 for Oliver Perez

By Adam Garnett
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Since I can’t find anything to say about the Jose Reyes medical situation that hasn’t already been said or that you guys haven’t already thought about, I’m not going to dwell on it. I’ll give you my quick take here before moving on to baseball discussion. I had the chance to listen to the conference call hosted by Omar Minaya and Reyes’ agent Peter Greenberg on Thursday.

While I wanted to give the Mets the benefit of the doubt, that notion quickly faded as I heard Minaya stumble around for during his responses to reporters’ questions. At first, the news was “positive” because Reyes’ condition is one which will not require medication. Then a few minutes later, the words “it will likely take 2-8 weeks for the levels to stabilize” were uttered by Greenberg and the optimism balloon began to deflate. Just two days earlier, it sounded like Reyes was going to return to action in just a matter of days. Now, it is already been announced that Reyes will start the season on the DL. I think it is now safe to say that this franchise is cursed.

The baseball implications are clear….The Mets could be without their sparkplug, Reyes, and their under under-appreciated superstar, Carlos Beltran, until May. By that time, with all of the question marks surrounding the starting staff and the depletion of the lineup, this squad could be facing an ominous uphill climb. Is there any question now that the yougsters Jennry Mejia and Ruben Tejada will start the year with the big club, just for the simple reason of starting a new narrative. With these two 20-year olds in tow, the Mets may hope the story will quickly turn to hope and optimism of the neophytes instead of the doom and gloom of missing two of their most important offensive pieces.

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One of the Mets biggest question marks, Oliver Perez, took the mound this afternoon for his second start of the spring  vs. a split squad of Detroit Tigers. The four hitless innings “Good Ollie” threw were not as impressive as they looked on paper. Ollie was once again all over the strikezone, walking two and striking out none in his four innings of work. He did show some me something though in the third inning when he walked two straight batters, regained his focus and retired the side. Unfortunately, this is what you get with Ollie. Ups and downs, lefts and rights. Mets fans hope they see more of the feast than the famine from Ollie in 2010.

Meanwhile, Japanese import Hisonari Takahashi is making his case to be included in the Mets pitching stable in some capacity. Takahashi hurled three more scoreless innings, making it six scoreless for the southpaw so far this spring. The most glaring part of his stat line are the  9 K’s he’s accumulated in those six innings. This guys appears to have some serious guile on the mound and his high strikeout total is a very encouraging sign.

At the plate, the Mets have actually showcased some significant power so far this spring. In fact, their 20 dingers (four of them came this afternoon) lead the Grapefruit League. David Wright is the leader with three. The most encouraging part is that two of the bombs have gone out to the opposite field, a signature that he is locked in. Looks like the weight work Wright did in the offseason is paying off. Jason Bay, who has gotten off to a very slow start with his new team, smacked his first homer of the spring, a three-run shot in the Mets nine-run seventh inning.

Tomorrow, Johan Santana will make his second start of the spring, with John Maine to follow. Kiko Calero is scheduled to make his Mets debut vs. the Marlins in Jupiter.

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