Poor hitting and a porous bullpen will do the trick in a heartbeat. For the second straight outing, Johan Santana has not allowed any runs, but the Mets have gone on to blow the game after he departs. I think the Met ace feels like he is on island, that he is alone in his passion for winning and that his teammates lay back and wait for him to save the day.
The Mets handed a fragile one-run lead to Frankie Rodriguez, the man who should be the Mets MVP if they expect to go anywhere this year, because clearly, if they do start winning a lot of games, given their sputtering offense, you’d expect a lot of them to be save situations. Granted, its not a dramatic failure allowing a 27-hopper up the middle to the Padres gnome of a second baseman, David Eckstein, but its a failure nonetheless, one which the Mets can ill afford.
Even when the Mets were flying high, I sensed their psyche was still very fragile. Now, you sense that “here we go again” feeling kicks in when the Mets are on the ropes, instead of the “we’re never out of it” feeling you want your team to have. Of course we look once again to the leaders, Jerry Manuel and David Wright, and their apparent inability to set the appropriate tone for this team.
The Mets return home Friday looking for revenge against a Marlins squad that swept the Amazins four straight in their last set. In order to get the fans on their side, the Mets need a) to take at least 2 of 3 from the Fish and b) for someone other than Mike Pelfrey to get a win.
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Written by Mark Reichman