Remember the week we won 7 in a row? Well, forget it.
We're giving it all back.
As we've seen before, the Mets play streaky baseball. Think of it as a see-saw; sometimes we go up and sometimes we go down. And at this rate we're going to fall off.
No longer are we in first place: the Phillies won in Cincinnati...the Mets lost in L.A. Adding injury to insult (in this case it's not "adding insult to injury") - Carlos Delgado will be out for 10 weeks as he recuperates from hip surgery. Can it get any worse? Yeah... Brian Schneider can come back.
The Mets seem to say that they want Daniel Murphy at first base at some point in the future. Uh, wasn't tonight's game the perfect game to give him the 1st base start? Didn't Jeremy Reed make an awful throwing error the night before from 1st base? Why oh why do I not understand the things you do, Mets Management?
As Matthew Cerrone wrote, "Look, it’s nothing against Jeremy Reed, but he’s seemingly most valuable as a defensive outfielder and a pinch hitter. If Manuel must get Reed’s bat in the starting lineup, play him in left field where he will look like a Gold Glove defender. In this current scenario, you’re weak on defense in two spots." Agreed.
Oh, and Murphy had a rough first inning. He got picked off of first, when, for some reason, he broke for second before Chad Billingsley even began his motion to the plate. Then, on defense, a few moments later, he misplayed a line drive right at him that deflected off his glove – you know the play, you’ve seen it before. The runner later scored on a single up the middle.
Would you say that this team pitches better when Castro/Santos are behind the plate, as opposed to Brian Schneider? I do also and I have the numbers to prove it. More on this coming later...