I'm not yet ready to pronounce this team ready to win the next few games, much less the World Series, but last night was good. Very good.
Here's one of my problems: Willie Randolph still cannot manage a starting pitcher (among other things).
Last night Oliver Perez struggled with the long ball after looking positively dominant his first two innings, striking out four. In the fifth inning, he began to show signs of wildness and fatigue. He made it through the inning, and Randolph trotted him out there for the sixth. After quickly working himself into a jam, Randolph left him in to face Cody Ross, who had already homered off of him earlier in the game.
With Perez still throwing, Ross blasted a pitch, seemingly out of the stadium, erasing the Mets lead and putting the Marlins up by a run.
In a nutshell, I still don't think Randolph is the right manager for this team, even after a nice two game win streak over a "first place team."
I would like to propose a 2-for-1 program for Willie Randolph and his managing tenure.
For every one (1) win the Mets pull off, Randolph earns himself two (2) more games as a manager. With that said, and with this two game win streak, the Mets have bought Randolph four more games as their manager.
If the Mets lose four in a row (and they easily could), Randolph should be fired. If they win another game, Randolph gets at least six more as manager, and so on and so forth.
Sounds good to me, but I thought of it, so I better like it. What are some of your thoughts? I'm very intrigued to hear your side or plans.