Sunday's 15-0 loss to the Yankees was the game you expected the Mets to play following the crushing loss Friday night. Worst Subway Series blowout ever. Worst game ever by Mets' ace. Star closer confronts some guy on the Yankees - who is he again? Oh, right - the guy who's always on the DL.
I guess the "sense of urgency" Jerry Manuel said the Mets played with on Saturday had a short shelf life.
Here's the scariest thing about today's game. Going into the Subway Series, if you had said that the Mets would lose a game, 15-0, with Johan on the mound, I would have thought that it can't get any worse than that. Yet, according to It's Mets for Me, it was only the third worst loss of the week!
Included in It's Mets for Me's list of five worst losses of the year are the Castillo game and last Wednesday's loss to the Phillies in which the Mets knocked out Cole Hamels but miscues by David Wright and Carlos Beltran allowed the Phillies to tie the game, which they eventually won in extra innings off of Bobby Parnell.
(The other three losses on the list are the five-error game in L.A. where Ryan Church missed third, the game Johan Santana lost after Daniel Murphy dropped a fly ball and the game in St. Louis where Beltran failed to slide. The Church game tops the list and I agree - while the Castillo game is the one that will be remembered a lot longer, the L.A. game was a total team meltdown and worthy of having the whole team compared to the '62 Mets, rather than just one player.
Today's wipeout doesn't even make the Top 5, though the blog says it could break into the Top 5 eventually.)
This list intrigues me for a couple of reasons.
It's only the middle of June and there are already so many really bad losses.
Two of the current top 5 took place in New York - and I was at both games.
And these two spectacularly bad losses that I had the misfortune to attend took place within a span of three days.
Squawker Lisa points out that my first choice for attending a game this weekend was today's game. I cleverly thought the Mets would have their best chance to win with Santana on the mound.
Would I rather have been at today's game than Friday's game? Friday's game was like having a really good meal and then, just as you were taking the last bite of dessert, you suddenly got food poisoning.
But I would still rather have gone Friday. Today's game was over in the fourth inning, but Lisa would have insisted on staying until the bitter end, long after every other Met fan at Yankee Stadium had fled the premises.
Hell, even Manuel managed to get himself tossed so he didn't have to stick around.
The day did have some bright spots. At least nobody got hurt. Most importantly, both Santana and Manuel say Santana is physically fine. Not that I believe anything anyone associated with the Mets says about injuries, but at least that's the story as of now.
Also, there were no plays that will end up on all the highlight reels, except maybe for Nick Swisher crashing into the auxiliary scoreboard and dislodging the panel reading "Mets."
Brian Stokes and Jon Switzer can both tell their grandchildren that they replaced Santana in a game and pitched just as well as Johan.
Brian Bruney apologized after the game for his comments about K-Rod. Now maybe this story can go away. Both the Mets and Yankees have far bigger things to worry about.
While the Yankees got the best of it this weekend, both teams ended the week against their main rivals with 2-4 records.
Besides, the Mets get a Subway Series rematch in two weeks, and I think they will do better - at least at the games I don't attend!