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Mets Game 12: Loss to Rockies

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Ooof. Punch in the gut.

The Mets grab an early lead, lose it, fall further behind, then mount a riveting comeback in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded, two outs, and a full count, David Wright swats a long fly to right that gets swallowed by cavernous Citi Field. Game over, Mets lose. Sigh.

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Mets Game 11: Loss to Rockies

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Close, but no cigar.

The illusion drawn by Terry Collins is that if only one pitch or one hit in each game went differently, the team could easily be 9-2. First, I’m not sure I agree, and second, that is exactly the difference between winning teams and losing teams. When a team consistently fails to execute the small things, they will consistently be on the wrong end of the final score — and vice-versa. See the Braves of 1991-2005.

In any case, it was another sad loss for the Mets. So close, yet so far.

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The Next Three Games

After last night’s rainout, the schedule has been amended.

Tonight’s game begins as scheduled at 7:10 PM. Jonathon Niese will start for the Mets against Esmil Rogers of the Rockies.

On Thursday, the Mets and Rockies will engage in a modern style traditional doubleheader — i.e., one ticket gives you two games (thank you for the correction, friends in the comments). The first game tomorrow will begin at 12:10 PM, with R.A. Dickey expecting to face lefty Jorge De La Rosa. The second game begins at 3:40 PM (assuming, of course, that game one doesn’t go more than 3 1/2 hours), with Chris Capuano taking the hill against righthander Greg Reynolds.

However, don’t hold me to those pitching matchups; it’s possible that the Rox will flip-flop those pitchers. I’m not sure what goes into the decision-making process, so can’t comment on which pitcher makes more sense based on the timing.

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Ty Wigginton Signs with Rockies

NBCSports is reporting that Ty Wigginton has reached an agreement on a 2-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.

The former Met will be getting $7.5M over the two years, which includes a 2013 option for $4M.

Wigginton split the year among first base, second base, third base, and DH for the Orioles in 2010, hitting 22 homers and posting a .727 OPS in 154 games. It was only the second time in his career that he played in more than 150 games — the last time was in 2003 with the Mets.

Some may wonder if the Mets would have considered Wigginton as at least a part-time option for second base — he did play the position 40 times in ’10 and has been there 168 times in his career — while also filling in at the outfield and infield corners. For one, the Mets likely wouldn’t have offered Wiggy more than a one-year deal, and, after toiling for some bad teams in Baltimore, Houston, Tampa Bay, and Pittsburgh, playing for a team positioned to win now was probably a consideration for Wigginton. The Rockies may not be a guarantee to make the postseason but they don’t appear to be in rebuilding mode.

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