Jerry Manuel: Managing the New York Mets Right Out of Contention

Richard Marsh@RichardMarshSenior Analyst IJune 12, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 16:  Manager Jerry Manuel #53 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout during their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 16, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  The Mets won 9-6.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

I will make this short and sweet. Those who know me personally and my writing, the one thing about both is that it remains consistent. I don't jump on and off the bandwagon. I critique when things are are going or or bad. I always say the glass is 7/8 full and this is by no means the first or the last time I will rant about Jerry Manuel.

I'm not in this for the reads, comments, POTD's, AOTD or anything other than some good old fashioned gripes. So on this one don't expect a post on your BB. I'll save that for my series.

I was all for Jerry's hiring this year based on his handling of last years overachievers. That's right they overachieved last year and I felt they didn't choke. A 9-11 month does not evoke a choke. A 4-16 mark does.

Let's get to the point of this. Jerry has been, since day one, inconsistent of the players, the lineup, his intentions etc etc etc.

When Omar set out last winter to fix the bullpen he did it with the mindset that every starter should give a minimum of six solid innings. Baseball today is different than it was when I was a kid. It's different in the last 20 years.

So we go into the season with Green for the seventh, Putz for the eighth and Frankie to close. If any of them would falter, we had Parnell, Feliciano, and Stokes to fill in and we looked good on that front.

Even with the injuries to the pitching staff, Feliciano/Green for the seventh, Parnell for the eighth, and K-Rod for the ninth is, as they say, "not too shabby" either.

So now the fashionable thing and sexy move all of a sudden is, let's see how far our starters can go. Let Maine and Pelfrey and Livan pitch into the eighth, throw 120 pitches and continue to blow early leads. Why? Because Nolan Ryan says so? Geez, WTF?

We should have swept the Phillies. The last two nights have been some of the worst managing I have ever seen in all my years of watching this game. It's nothing short of "over-managing."

OK, tonight. After  six innings of a gutsy, brilliant performance by Redding, Jerry decides to send him out in the seventh. He had already given up a second run for the game in the sixth and he was clearly tiring.

If he left with the lead then his confidence would have been through the roof coming of two outstanding performances and in a position to get his first win in what? 241 starts?

But NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Jerry sends him out in the seventh, where he could have used Green and Feliciano who owns the Phillies this season. Green's sinker is on fire now and Pedro has made Met fans forget about last year.

Then he could have had the lead, used Parnell in the eighth and K-Rod in the ninth. Don't give me the excuse K-Rod pitched too much the previous night and had nothing left in the tank.

Please; he's 27 years old and tough as coarse sand paper. But NOOOOOOOOOOO, Jerry has to bring a guy in who can't get out left handers. Result! Another game that gets away.

This guy is killing me along with Murph and Church. He tells everyone who will listen that Murph will play one game against the lefty this week. Does he? Nooooooooooooooo. Sheffield is slumping. Does he rest him now and use him as the DH this weekend and give F-Mart games starts under his belt.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Church comes off the DL and looks good and puts a dent into the new apple. Does Jerry play him to keep his confidence going? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

The title to this article is absolutely correct. He is managing the New York Mets right out of contention. Your thoughts are welcome.

By the way. Do you think Omar should now finally swallow his pride and call Pedro? Another pet peeve I have been ranting about since Oct 1.

See Met fans, I get just as frustrated as all of you.


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