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May 11, 2008
BASEBALL: Baby Steps

The Mets had another frustrating weekend, in the sense of a series they could have swept but didn't on the heels of dropping 2 out of 3 against the Dodgers, but the silver lining is that at long last, Beltran and Delgado are hitting. This team can't get far above .500 without those two. In his last 10 games entering today, Delgado was batting .342/.419/.737, while in his last 7, Beltran was batting .348/.407/.565 (this after a three-game span when he didn't hit at all but drew six walks). Add in 1-for-3 for Delgado today and 2-for-5 with a double and a homer for Beltran, plus the recent return of Moises Alou, and you start to have an offense and not just a couple of guys being asked to carry the team.

Honestly, in Delgado's case I'm starting to wonder if this will be his last year; if he ends up not even matching last season, he may find himself unemployable and too proud to battle for a bench job. For now, we'll see how long he stays locked in.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:26 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

If the concern with Delgado was his batspeed then this is a reassuring sign. After all, if he loses his eye it's not likely to return. But if he goes from not getting around on the fastball to getting around on the fastball, that says he's rolled into shape and it shouldn't just up and leave him one day.

He said, hopefully.

Posted by: spongeworthy at May 12, 2008 11:48 AM
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