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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

No core, no problem for Mets

It's bad enough that the Mets are so riddled with injuries that Jose Reyes and trainer Ray Ramirez can get in an auto accident ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

But as the Star-Ledger reports, the Mets couldn't even give a straightforward account of this non-injury story. Tim Redding apparently "spilled the beans" in the postgame news conference after the Mets kept quiet about it all day.

We know that the Mets have trouble giving straight answers on injuries. But what is there to hide about about a minor traffic accident? Was Reyes really looking for a late-night snack? Was Kate Hudson in the car?

I would like to believe that Carlos Beltran will be back as soon as he is eligible to return in two weeks. But who knows with the Mets. Let's hope it's really just his knee and that he can recover quickly from his bone bruise.

One thing I will predict for two weeks from now is that the Mets will still be close to a playoff spot. Nothing seems to stop this team from staying in contention. And it's not just that the Phillies are struggling - if the Mets were in the Central, they would be only 2 1/2 games behind the Cardinals. Except for the Dodgers, no NL team has a significantly better record than the Mets.

It was great to see the Mets get six runs and 14 hits tonight, but two of the runs scored on plays in which the ball clearly beat the runner to the plate.

In the fourth inning, Luis Castillo doubled and Omir Santos tried to score from first. The throw beat him by a wide margin, but the ball skipped past catcher Yadier Molina. In the eighth, the umpire ruled that Castillo avoided Molina's tag, though replays suggested he might have been out.

The Mets lineup only had 16 homers going into the game. Nineteen players on other teams have 16 homers. So it could be argued that they need to gamble for every run they get. But if Razor Shines is allowed to send most runners, it will not end up well. It worked out tonight, but the Mets could have ended up with only four runs on those 14 hits, and perhaps a 5-4 loss.

Still, a win is a win, and now the Mets have another shot at winning a series for the first time since early June.

2 comments:

Uncle Mike said...

Kate Hudson? She doesn't hang out with the Mets. Of course, they guy she IS hanging out with isn't exactly a Yankee, either. Still.

Maybe she's researching a role for a new film: "How to Lose a Game In 10 Ways."

This just in: The Mets have signed Alan Alda, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. And retired the numbers of Vincent Edwards and Robert Young. Maybe they can get Neil Patrick Harris to sing the National Anthem. Aw, scratch that, "Doogie" should play: He's still younger than Gary Sheffield! (I thought of the "switch-hitter" and "plays for the other team" jokes, but I decided not to go there.)

Anonymous said...

Uncle Mike, love the "How to Lose a Game In 10 Ways", that is the perfect description for this team. That being said, enough of Razor Shines already. No wonder the Mets haven't had a good manager in a long time, they can't even get a decent 3rd base coach!

Yet another runner thrown out at 3rd base last night. I know that they are short-handed right now, but for just once, could Jerry Manuel PLEASE bench someone for making a baserunning error? Enough already!

Michael in California