Off Day Blather: Dodger Blues
Try blogging about this uninspired bunch, whose failures normally alternate between epochal and mysterious, when they just lose in a merely pedestrian manner. What am I supposed to write about? The Mets are losing because the AAA guys are already called up to assume their permanent positions. They're losing because this line-up should lose. Tonight they lost when one of their prize bullpen acquisitions gave it up late. All three games of this Dodger sweep were winnable but whatever get up and go the Mets had against the Giants had got up and went by the time the team flight landed in LA.
The Mets thought what better way to cap Monday's catastrophe but with two middling, totally run of the mill loses. After Monday night, I guess we should be thankful. The Mets finally hid Murphy behind first base and got through a game without error.
As I brilliantly predicted during the offseason, Delgado is del-done-oh, and its not the pitching that's losing the games. Beltran and Wright, who remain hot, need a play pal even when they are hitting in the high 300s and getting on base often and late in games. Some one like Adam Dunne, Manny Ramirez or gasp Raul Ibanez. O fer 10 with runners in scoring position last night. Nary a home run since Wednesday. I just don't see how they'll get it done. If they had remade the offense as I suggested this winter, everything would be hunky dory, peace would reign on earth, and kids would eat their lima beans without complaint.
I wrote the other day that Jose Reyes' condition was worrying me. Then he magically appeared back in the lineup. Before I could correct myself, he is injured again. As hard as it is to watch Ramon Martinez play, the Mets ought to keep Reyes out until he is completely healed. Martinez is adding absolutely nothing at short.
We should send our thoughts out to Scott Schoeneweis, now with the D-Backs, whose wife died of yet unknown causes yesterday. The guy just can not catch a break.
Labels: Metastrophe III