It happened again yesterday. The Mets starting pitching (Pedro Martinez this time) took the game through 6 innings and left with a 5-1 lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then the bullpen took over. And imploded. They gave up three runs in the 7th inning. And three runs in the 9th inning. The last run was practically handed to the Pirates on a silver platter. The batter wasn’t interested in being there – it was a make-up game and he couldn’t wait to get out of the park. He let a fastball just go right by him and then the last pitch basically walked up to him, slapped him in the face, and said “Swing, that’s all you have to do”. So he did and in doing so, brought in the winning runs.

I would not be surprised if the Mets starting pitching staff did one of three things: they can just go on strike and refuse to pitch; they can pitch so badly that there’s no need for the bullpen to give up the game because it was lost before it started; or they can refuse to give up the ball when the manager comes out to the mound. They can just pitch the entire game because that’s the only way they’re going to win. We have amazing starting pitching – we have Johann Santana for god’s sake! We have Pedro Martinez, who may be on the down turn of his career but still can deliver the goods. We have two really good young arms in John Maine and Oliver Perez, even if Perez can get distracted at times, usually after his support staff has made a bonehead error.

And we have a decent team, some good, some not so good. There are a bunch of young and semi-young guys desperate to prove themselves to NY. The play Damion Easley made to get the second out in the 9th inning was wonderful! You could see it over the radio. Everyone we’ve brought up from the farm system this year has practically turned themselves inside out to show what they can do. Fernando Tatis (who? you ask) has a .305 batting average. He gets banged up in trying to get an out, limps off the field, and comes back the next inning. He knows his spot isn’t definite so he’s playing his heart out. Unlike other players who are assured of their positions and will leave in the middle of an inning with a twinge, and then be out for the rest of the season.

There are a hell of a lot of teams who, when given a 4 run lead, bring in a resounding win, or when faced with a two run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, will rally with whatever they have left and manage to get three runs. Then there are teams that will watch balls go by them and can’t drum up the energy to even swing the bat. We are both and we are neither team. It depends on which version of the Mets decides to show up that day. If Santana is pitching, you can practically bet it will be the second choice.

AARRGGGHH!!! It’s very frustrating! And it’s time to clean house. Get rid of the chaff, the players that are either too old to play or are there just to pick up a paycheck. Bring in new, young players. So we don’t win anything next year – how will that be different from the past three years, all of which had great potential. Have a rebuilding year or two and get some players the fans will have fun rooting for. Watching the old men put on Ben Gay after every inning is getting tired. That’s just one fan’s opinion.


  1. noble pig Says:

    I am laughing so hard at the BenGay application…I can just see them rubbing their arms and ankles.

  2. Mike Says:

    That is why baseball is so great…it can drive you crazy! Being a Mets’ fan must be hard after last year’s collapse, but as you say you have a good team: Wright, Beltran, Johan, Reyes…the Giants would kill to have those guys! Hang in there! 😉

  3. Helen/Dudley Says:

    Mike can have all of the above for Lincecum and Cain.

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