Mets Are Going to Change It Up

Michael GanciCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Omir Santos #9 of the New York Mets at bat against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Jerry Manuel has decided that he is going to shuffle the Cards, so to speak. No pun intended.

OK, you got me. All pun intended. Tomorrow, we are going to see three of the regulars take a seat as Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, and Ramon Castro will all take a seat in favor of Alex Cora, Gary Sheffield and Omir Santos.

Another thing of note that Manuel said is that he is considering flip flopping Wright and Beltran because Carlos is hitting the ball well right now. Maybe it’s time for a shake up.

You really have nothing to lose by going with Santos. The guy is capable of hitting, and we have already seen that this season.

We also saw him make a picture perfect throw to nab Ryan Braun when the Mets played the Brew Crew. I support this move without question, especially when the Mets are playing a day game after a night game. Ramon, go to the cages and work on your swing.

Sheffield seems like he is waiting to burst out of his bubble. I am a big fan of Daniel Murphy, so I never love the idea of having him sit, but the day off will probably be good for his mind.

Maybe the media will get off of his back for a day, and the kid can focus on baseball. On the other hand, if Sheffield has a breakout day, the media will surely approach Murphy to see if he feels threatened by the wily veteran. Welcome to New York kid.

The move I am most skeptical about is Alex Cora, who seems like another addition to the ever so popular “ground ball to second base” squad.

Brian Schneider is a member, and Marlon Anderson was as well. Jeremy Reed could be the next after Cora to join the squad, but I have a little more faith in him.

Castillo is one of the best bats in the lineup right now. I think a day game after a night game would be a good test for him, but Jerry isn’t taking any chances this early in the season. I guess I can’t get on him for that.

Beltran. Time to seize the opportunity. If you hit in the three hole, show David what it is like to get a clutch hit.

Until tomorrow. Thank God the Rangers won.