Chat with Kieran Darcy
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPNNewYork.com staff writer Kieran Darcy stops by to chat about the New York sports scene.
As a staff writer for ESPNNewYork.com, Darcy covers the New York sports scene, college sports in particular. He joined ESPN in August of 2000, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball for the Quakers. He also used to contribute to ESPN.com's Page 2.
Send your questions now and join Darcy Wednesday at noon ET!
Kieran Darcy (12:02 PM)
Hello everyone. Joining you to talk New York sports -- baseball, in particular -- before I head out to Yankee Stadium to cover tonight's game between the Yankees and Phillies. We can talk about that, or the high-flying Mets too -- I've been out at Citi Field plenty this season.
Hey Kieran, what do you think about Jerry's upcoming decision regarding John Maine? I support Takahashi going back to the bullpen, but can we really trust Maine when it doesn't look like he's improved his velocity with the DL trip?
Kieran Darcy (12:12 PM)
Maine is definitely a big question mark -- I don't think you can at all say that you can "trust" what you're going to get from him going forward. Takahashi has pitched well for the most part since entering the rotation -- but the bullpen has been significantly weakened at the same time. I think Manuel would probably like to have Takahashi back at his disposal in the bullpen -- plus I don't think Maine would be very happy in the bullpen. So I think Maine will at least get a shot to start again.
Is anybody not particularly excited for the return of John Maine. I get that Takahashi is really useful out of the bullpen, but if John Maine is going to look like utter garbage, why should anybody be particularly thrilled about his return. Also, what are they going to do with Ollie when his DL/rehab stint is over?
Kieran Darcy (12:15 PM)
As I said, I think Maine will at least get a chance to start again -- how many starts the Mets will give him if he struggles again is a whole 'nother question.
Kieran Darcy (12:16 PM)
As for Perez, you haven't heard much about him in recent days. I think the Mets would like to see him pitch a few rehab starts in the minors, see if he can get his good form back -- and then it would all depend on the state of the Mets' rotation and pitching staff as a whole at that time. I don't think Perez is ever going to be particularly effective out of the bullpen -- but hey, you never know.
Which NY baseball team's pitching needs more help?
Kieran Darcy (12:20 PM)
I hate to say it Fred, but that sounds like a question coming from someone in Dallas :) The Mets clearly need more help -- I think they definitely need to pick up another quality starting pitcher to really make a serious run at the postseason. They can't rely on R.A. Dickey, as good as he has been thus far. Meanwhile, the Yankees' rotation is the best in baseball, and the bullpen's fine, too.
Assuming Cliff lee is a FA at the end of the season, can the Mets outbid the Yankees for him, or do they have to get lucky that the Yankees dont want him, just like with Beltran?
Kieran Darcy (12:29 PM)
The Mets certainly could outbid the Yankees for Cliff Lee -- the question is, how likely is that? It definitely could be a similar situation to Beltran -- if the Yankees are really committed to getting Lee, I think they'll outbid any Mets offer. The situation might actually hinge on Andy Pettitte, who turned 38 yesterday. Pettitte's been wonderful this season -- but if he gives a strong indication he really is finally going to retire after this season, the Yankees are more likely to go after Lee, another lefty, to replace him.
adam Slater (north salem, ny)
What do the mets do with carlos beltran once he comes back? Assuming that he returns before the end of the trade deadline, could the mets package him to another team for either prospects or a front of the rotation starter, or would they be more inclined to trade angel pagan?
Kieran Darcy (12:33 PM)
I don't think Beltran's being traded -- he's just too big of a question mark, having sat out the entire season so far, and I don't think anybody would be particuarly inclined to give up anything for him. I think when he comes back, he obviously has to play -- meaning Pagan or Jeff Francoeur are going to lose considerable playing time. I think there's definitely a chance Pagan could be dealt -- he's had a very nice season, and has turned into a pretty good trading chip. He won't garner a big pitcher all by himself, but he could be part of a package, with a couple prospects perhaps.
Kieran, I know that he's not a stud or anything, but R.A. has been pretty good. Do you really think that the Mets can't rely on him? I kind of agree with Jerry saying that whoever they bring in might not deliver the same results. What SP would you bring in?
Kieran Darcy (12:37 PM)
Oh, don't get me wrong -- Dickey's been excellent so far. I think you ride him as long as he stays hot -- and one bad start doesn't mean you yank him out of the rotation immediately. You never know -- Dickey could have a year like Aaron Small did for the Yankees in 2005, when he came up from the minors and went 10-0. But the Mets have a real opportunity here -- the Phillies don't look the same as a year ago, the National League overall is pretty mediocre. And if the Mets really want to go after the pennant this year, I think they need to make a move. Start at the top, go for the gold -- see if you can get Cliff Lee. If not, explore other options.
Consider this scenario...though the teams are not known for helping each other, what about the Mets taking Vazquez off the Yanks hands, thus clearing the way for Lee to become a Yankee. Win/Win, no?
Kieran Darcy (12:41 PM)
I'd be shocked if the Yankees and Mets made a trade this season. And right now, Vazquez is pitching pretty darn well for the Yankees -- I'd say they are quite content with him at the moment.
Jason (Raleigh NC)
Born and raised in New York. Die hard Yankees fan. It's hard to say this but I love what I see out of guys like Brett Gardiner and Nick Swisher. That being said I can't stop wondering about Carl Crawford in Yankees uniform. What do you think that Yanks might do when free agnecy starts?
Kieran Darcy (12:47 PM)
If you're a Yankees fan, you have to be happy with what you've gotten out of Swisher and Gardner this year. Gardner's hitting .322, and Swisher's at .301 with 11 homers, 42 RBIs, and a chance to make the AL All-Star team. That being said, Crawford is going to be a very attractive free agent to the Yankees. I think there's a good chance they make a play for him.
Thea (Norwalk, CT)
What is the Mets best move now. A starting Pitcher or Bullpen help ?
Kieran Darcy (12:52 PM)
The easy answer is, they need both. But adding a starting pitcher would allow them to move Takahashi back to the bullpen -- so you'd be helping yourself in both areas.
Thea (Norwalk, CT)
Should the Mets entertain trading either Mejia or Niese for Lee or Oswald ? Or wait it out for the offseason and hold on to the young pitchers ?
Kieran Darcy (12:59 PM)
Well, Lee would almost certainly be a rental for the rest of this season -- Oswalt is signed through 2011, with a club option in 2012. I think Lee would give you the best chance to win this season. Mejia is very young, with loads of potential -- Niese looks promising early in his big-league career, coming off a one-hitter in just his 18th major league start. But I think it might be worth giving up one of them for Lee -- giving yourself a legitimate good chance at the World Series in 2010.
Kieran Darcy (1:00 PM)
Thanks for all the questions guys -- apologies to those whose questions I couldn't get to. Talk to you all next week!