8.9.08

Phillies Phail To Do The Job

Game 1

The Mets hitting impotence carried over from the opener, Pedro looked his age and Fernando Tatis badly misjudged a Greg Dobbs fly ball to right. 2 runs scored in 18 innnings earned the Mets a pair of losses to their arch rivals and saw their NL East lead shrink to a single game by Sunday night.




Yes, the pen threw 5 scoreless innings but with Jose Reyes hitting .150 in September and Wright, Beltran and Delgado a combined 2 for 12 it didn't much matter.

Game 2



Rare Mets appearance on British terrestrial telly sees Carlos Delgado solidify his MVP credentials by single-handedly pulling the Mets from their offensive catatonia and saving the Mets from a disasterous sweep.

The Mets are now officially back on track - The Phillies had the Mets on the ropes but couldn't finish them.

Sure there are muppets who insist the sky is falling down anyway but for now, I'm simplt satisfied tragedy was avoided.

The collapse happened once. It isn't n annual holiday.

And if The Hillbilly is done for the season, so what. Billy's record in the clutch is less than stellar anyway. The pen, as reviled as it's been this season, hasn't surrendered an earned run over the last week. 21 innings worth of shush. Phillies pen can't claim that.

Nor does anyone else have Santana, who certainly out-pitched the alleged ace of the Phillies.

It might be smoke and mirrors but this isn't 2007. The Mets have a better manager and a stronger team toughness bourne from a season of adversity.

Yes, it's worrisome that Reyes has 1 hit in his last 5 games and was 0 for 13 against Philly but maybe he just needs a night off. 606 at bats will do that to you. Then again, he only hit .205 last September.

But for now, with a 2 game lead and the Nats up next, I like our chances.

7 comments:

sanchez said...

were we lucky, just good nough or are the phillies just a bunch of pussies waiting for the season to end so theycan watch the iggles in peace?

jdon said...

wagner is toast--done for a year, a least

p.s. of course the phils are pussies. they let the rockies walk all over them in philly during the first round last year, didn't they?

katherine said...

Well, the collapse may not be an annual holiday, but now that it's September, endless rehashings of it are in order for the rest of the season.

Those of us who watch Extra Innings or MLB.TV were reminded of it, at every appropriate moment, by a succession of opposing team broadcasters all through the spring and early summer. Then, briefly, in July, the topic of conversation turned to Willie's firing. Now, the only thing that will banish all that talk is for us to win this year.

Jaap said...

yea sanchez jdon is right why else would their nickname begin with a "p"

Jaap said...

too true Katherine - a team or individual player never loses choke label until they stop choking

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