Yesterday afternoon the Mets fired hitting coach Denny Walling and replaced him on an interim basis with Bench Coach Don Baylor. When you are hitting .246 as a team and .101 (6 for 59) with the bases loaded, someone needs to be fired and since it is rare that owners fire the actual players, Walling ends up as the scapegoat.
The Mets responded by tagging the Cleveland Indians for 14 hits and seven runs and making Don Baylor look like a genius. The most important development was the two out at bat with the bases loaded by Mike Cameron. Cameron came in for his defense and but his hitting has been below average even for him this year. He is hitting .202 with 66 strikeouts in 208 at bats. Last night he showed some grit and battled with a two strike count to drive in two runs, making the score 3-0 and the Mets never looked back.
Although it was a very positive step for the Mets, there are still going to be struggles until they can find an adequate #5 hitter behind Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza. Someone needs to step up and give the top of the order some protection. If not, there are rumors afoot about Richard Hidalgo coming to the New York Mets from Houston.
In other Mets news, José Reyes went 0-3 with a sac fly and stolen base last night in Binghamton, it was the first of three re-hab starts for the future Mets star. He will be re-evaluated on Friday and possibly up with the big club next week. Reyes is recovering from a season long hamstring injury and has recently been working with a hamstring specialist to modify his running style. Hopefully, his hamstring won't be giving him anymore problems.
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