The Good News? Johan's Not Injured

Well now, there's a shocker.

Game on the line, one man on, two out, tying run at the plate and David Wright, the ice cold David Wright, not the red hot David Wright, swings at two consecutive dirt balls to strike out on three pitches and end the game. That's David Wright, Ice Ice Baby:

Look at that ball. It's almost underground.

One good thing, one relief, is seeing confirmation for 7 innings that perhaps Johan Santana isn't suffering from some mysterious ailment after all. Last night was vintage Johan and vintage Mets - Santana gave up only two earned runs over 7 innings and the Mets scored one run in support, just like the old days. Not good but better than 15-0 to your cross town rivals, you have to admit.

New York, the new London?

And where were the Mets tonight? Not at the plate, for certain. After the 3rd inning they went down without so much as a whimper until Beltran's single with two out in the 9th. And even that, as we know, stifled by David Wright's miraculously feeble at-bat to end the game.

You'd like to think this kind of blatant attempt by Jerry to laugh his way into the ump's good graces would have resulted in some dodgy strikes and balls calls against the Rays but no, people like Ice Ice Baby were swinging at pitches beneath home plate making it difficult for the home plate ump to help.

Not going to go long into this one. A loss, ugly in most ways but feeling better at least than if Santana had given up a half dozen runs prompting further questions about his health.

I will say this though, the longer the lack of hitting goes unaddressed by Omar the more this season is going to hurt in the end if they miss out on the playoffs by only a few games. But Nick Evans, yeah, sure, HE'S the answer. Especially getting the call to sit there quietly on the bench all night.

The Bobby Parnell Watch continues. Last night yet another poor outing. That's six earned runs, 11 hits and 4 walks in less than 6 full innings this month. That's a disaster and lends more questions still to the bullpen issue of WHO is going to set up K-Rod's fantastic saves? Will we have to wait for Billygoat Wagner to rehab and get up to Queens by August?

Lastly, another little slice of good news; the Phillies bullpen AGAIN blowing a lead, this time giving the "mighty" O's three runs in the top of the 9th to give the Phillies yet another loss. Sadly, although their losing continues, the Mets aren't able to make much if any headway on the lead. They will live to regret it, no doubt.


jdon said...

By the way, is Jerry going touse Green and Flopciano EVERY GAME for the rest of the year? Doesn't he know that you just cannot do that? These guys will be shot by the All Star break.

Jaap said...

yeah, that's clear. what's not clear is when if ever Omar is going to wake up and make some roster moves to get rid of the dead weight in the pen.

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