"Are you serious?"
"I can't believe a team could be this dumb!"
Yes, these are some of the tamer reactions from Mets fans today after the team revealed that Steve Trachsel--remember, that's the guy who pitched a one hitter on Friday night--was going back to the bullpen and Victor "Runners Are Always On" Zambrano would start Friday in Florida. The reason being given is that Zambrano responded to Willie Randolph's challenge of last week to step up his pitching in Arizona and has great record at Dolphins Stadium. Sure, Zambrano threw a good game, and has been okay overall this season, but still--Trachsel threw one hit shutout ball; he worked hard for five months to get back; he was the most consistant pitcher the team has had over the past three seasons; and he (perhaps most importantly) really liked being a Met!
So of course the team must give him the shaft.
The only reason I can think of for this idiocy where Zambrano gets picked over Trachsel is that pitching coach Rick Peterson still wants to prove he can make Zambrano a top notch pitcher, more than a year later after the Scott Kazmir trade and the infamous "I can fix him in 15 minutes" quote.
Or perhaps Zambrano is sucking Peterson's dick in between starts. I mean, it's either ego stroking or sex, because on any other baseball planet the decision to send Zambrano to the bullpen would be a no brainer. When Zambrano blows a crucial game on Friday against the Marlins, don't say I didn't warn you.
(Geez, this entry sounds like I've been listening to WFAN all day or something.)