With Beltran being sidelined for so long paired with the fantastic play of Angel Pagan filling in for him, I forgot Carlos was even still on the team, and I'm having a hard time imagining him bringing any success to the club when he does return. Unfortunately, no matter how well Pagan plays, he will most likely surrender center field to Beltran when he comes back, but Pagan has proved that he can be an everyday player with the Mets, so hopefully they can find a spot for him. Beltran is a great player, he had an MVP type year in 2006 and made some amazing plays in the outfield, but now I can't stop associating him with the Mets failures from the past few years. Beltran was the one who left the bat on his shoulder in Game 7 as a rookie named Adam Wainwright spun a curveball for strike three. He has also been having these knee problems for quite sometime and in the field it always looked like he was playing at 80%. The 33-year-old looks to be breaking down, and I'm just tired of dealing with it. The 2010 Mets seemed to have put their dark past behind them, but Beltran's return is an inevitable conflict the team will need to address.
Despite an impressive eight innings by Jamie Moyer last night in a win over the Yankees, the overall mood in the Phillie clubhouse is not where they'd like it to be.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, this is the team they are going to have to rely on down the stretch. They can't use Jimmy Rollins as an excuse anymore (not saying that they have); it is time to accept the fact that Juan Castro is going to be their everyday shortstop until further notice. Even without Rollins, the Phillie lineup is still terrifying for opposing pitchers with players like Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Chase Utley all threats to hit the long ball. Somehow, someway, they need to get on the same page, and that is where Charlie Manuel comes in. Have a team meeting, make a bold move at the deadline, just do something to put some energy back in this lifeless team.