Nieve and Mets Fall to the Inevitability of Reality

"We're a below-average team, period. That's all you can say,"

Jerry Manuel reflecting on the team he manages.

Well, well. The cat is finally out of the bag.

The dream stops here.

All it took was a guy who'd been released by the Houston Astros, a guy whom the Mets had a suddenly started to rely upon as their 2nd best starter, coming apart at the seams against the suddenly first place Milwaukee Brewers.

That and 19 hits surrendered. 11 by Nieve alone in less than four innings pitched.

That and the three game sweep by the Yankees.

That and the decimation of the batting order.

That and dropping to third in the NL East.

But let's be fair, the Mets milked as much out of Nieve as was probably possible. Three good starts. Against the Yankees, Rays and Cardinals in order. Next up? Whew, look out on the horizon and there's the Titanic, looking for icebergs; Oliver Perez.

I like that Omar is "trying" to look for a deal. I mean, why should he actually make a deal? What, and spoil all this great malaise and depression?

Ole, Fernando!

Well, little point in belabouring the obvious.

Mets play, Mets lose. But c'mon, batting Argenis Reyes in the lead off spot you kind of had to figure this was grasping at straws at its finest. Argenis Reyes shouldn't even be batting lead off for the Brooklyn Cyclones, let alone in the Major Leagues.

But what's the point? This is what's left to work with.


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