Mets Game 81: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 2 Mets 0

Sweepstakes are great, especially if you win. Sweeps week is cool. The book series “Sweep” is supposedly entertaining, particularly if you’re into witches. Hiring a chimney sweeper is a fine idea.

Getting swept in Philadelphia, however, is not so wonderful.

Johan Santana was very good, but not good enough. He allowed only three hits in seven innings of work — as did opposing pitcher Joe Blanton. However, two of the three hits Santana allowed were solo homers, while two of the three hits Blanton allowed were to Luis Castillo.

Notes

Nothing. I have nothing. I’m clean out of thoughts, ideas, analysis. This team stinks, plain and simple.

The Mets are now 39-42, and have fallen to third place, in a tie with the Braves, four games behind the leading Phillies and three behind the second-place Marlins.

Jerry Manuel said this sweep was not demoralizing. Perhaps because the Mets have already been demoralized, and cannot be demoralized any further?

OK, I’ve got one thought. Did you notice anything about the first-place Phillies, in particular something that had nothing to do with their offense? (Hint: it is in regard to their defense.) Compare that “thing” to that “thing” the Mets do when they’re not up at the plate hitting (or, attempting to hit). You know, when they’re all spread out around the ballfield, and wearing leather gloves. It seems — to me, anyway — that the Phillies react differently to that little white sphere moving around the park. Am I right?

Next Mets Game

We fans have Monday off; hopefully the indigestion will ease as a result. The Mets start the second half of their 162-game season on Tuesday in Flushing against Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers. Mike Pelfrey throws the first pitch at 7:10 PM. Clayton Kershaw starts for LA.

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  1. gary s July 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm
    PITIFUL.that goes for the ownership, the gm, the 2nd rate manager and the players.once again the major cause for the familiar stench coming from flushing is the wilpons.by not attempting to secure a hitter weeks ago they have told the fans WE DON’T CARE ABOUT WINNING!!I just hope all the season ticket holders on the fence about renewing next year will speak with their wallets and not renew till the wilpons show they are serious about winning.. and lord knows when that will be.
  2. royhobbs July 5, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    gary s,You are quite correct about the Wilpons, but wrong about addressing the team’s needs. The needs should have been addressed this past offseason when they could have done things rather cheaply. However, the Wilpons find ways to avoid signing bigger-ticket players; instead they sign three other (more affordable) players to attempt to compensate for not signing the player whom they should have signed. Accordingly, they are able to rationalize that they spend the money on salaries; but really, they don’t. The Wilpons nearly lost Santana in last minute negoatiations; never showed any interest in Piazza (that was Doubleday’s initiative), and have made excuses for not signing star players like Vlad Guerrero and others in the past. The only real out-of-the-box signing has been Beltran (thank the Yanks for that).Accordingly, it is already too late to try to make this roster work for 2009. Obtaining any quality players at this point who would help this team compete for the pennant will mortgage the talent for the future. It is wise at this point for the Wilpons to be sellers. However, that won’t
    happen because they are too worried about losing ticket sales should they trade (e.g.,) Beltran for a few quality minor league prospects.
  3. gary s July 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    roy, i agree 100 per cent.they got cheap in the offseason when they needed another bat and wouldn’t pay (abreu, hudson, dunn etc).now we get this doubletalk about keeping our prospects for the future.( if f-mart, murphy and evans are the future of this team, than we don’t have much to look forward to).what, all of a sudden we’re gonna go with all young guys next year..it will never happen, we are a big market team with huge revenues from a new ballpark.we’re never gonna tear it down and start from scratch.that’s why they should have traded a few prospects (boo hoo) when beltran went down to improve the team and at least give the appearance to the fans that the team is trying to win.
  4. mic July 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm
    – The good:
    Jon niese has 4 wins now at AAA. The latest a 9IP/5H/0ER/10SO show.This backed by CORY SULLIVAN who went 2-4 with 2rbi…..
  5. gary s July 5, 2009 at 11:09 pm
    mic, trade him for a bat..were gonna get superstiff (perez) back in the rotation because of all the money we paid him and niese will never ge a chance anyway..trade him for a bat while he has some value.he’s got journeymen stuff at best at the major league level.and send murphy or evans with him..
  6. joejanish July 5, 2009 at 11:41 pm
    WOW !!!!!! CORY SULLIVAN went 2-4 with 2 RBI !!!!! Bring him up NOW !!!!!

    Meanwhile, Jeremy Reed went only 1-for-3 at the MLB level, during a game in which only two other Mets hit safely (and one was on a bunt).