Mets Game 45: Loss to Braves
Braves 4 Mets 2
Was there a game? I didn’t notice. The TV was on, it was set to SNY, but it was more like indifferent background noise than anything worth paying attention to.
According to the SNY postgame, the Mets lost the “game”. Ace starter and “stopper” and hundred-million-dollar man Johan Santana allowed 12 hits and four runs (three earned) in seven innings. The Mets offense was impotent against Tim Hudson, which was not surprising — if they can’t do anything against Jorge Campillo, how can we expect them to hammer Hudson?
As usual, the Mets did not pitch up to snuff, didn’t hit, didn’t run the bases well, and make mistakes in the field. This is starting to remind me a lot of the late 1970s and the early 1990s — not much reason to watch. OK, maybe that’s not fair … it was an interesting game from the perspective of it being a classic pitchers’ duel. However, the entire time I had this awful feeling in the back of my mind, just waiting for the Mets to — dare I say it? — collapse. Again, reminds me of the dark days post-Seaver and pre-Bobby V.
Carlos Delgado hit a solo homerun, which justifies his existence in the lineup for at least another week. Too bad. If there’s one guy who needs to get out of the way it’s Delgado.
The other Carlos — Beltran — was responsible for the other Met run by clobbering a homer of his own. It immediately preceded Delgado’s, in fact, and those four minutes were all the excitement in the game.
Once again, the Mets avoid using the wheel play, this time in the seventh inning with a man on second base and Tim Hudson bunting. The announcers and the beat writers and the TV personalities and Willie Randolph, and every other idiot can say that David Wright blew that play all they want, but if you watch the replay you’ll see Jose Reyes hanging around second base with his finger up his nose. That’s not Reyes’ fault, it is the fault of the design of that defensive strategy — the shortstop has nothing to do other than watch. With a man on second, no one on first, and the pitcher obviously sacrificing, it is senseless to use anything but the wheel play. Do you think it was dumb luck that Hudson jerked that ball to the left side? Of course not. Bobby Cox knows that Randolph is never going to use any strategy other than the “straight” defense against the bunt, so he instructs the pitchers to bunt toward third base. It’s a gimme.
Not much else to say. The Mets stink, they’re fundamentally unsound, they have little life, and they’re boring. Or maybe they just look awful because they’re the exact opposite of the Braves (good, fundamentally sound, plenty of fire and hustle, full of personality). Unfortunately, the Braves are in the Mets’ division, and aren’t even in first place. This is going to be a long summer.
Mets go to Colorado to play a three-game series against the Rockies. Game time on Friday night is 9:05 PM EST. Oliver Perez (or is it Mr. Hyde?) goes to the hill against rookie Greg Reynolds. Considering that the Mets have never seen Reynolds before, I’m not counting on the offense waking up.