Gone With The Wind
That's where the Mets offense has gone. If it wasn't for Jose Reyes on Tuesday, we'd be shut out this series, a total of 27-0. The Mets were previously shut out only 3 times this season cominginto this series. Tack it up to 5 now that our offense has taken a vacation. I'd never thought I'd see it, but it is safe to say that Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, and David Wright, the 3-4-5 hitters, have all hit a prolonged slump that they can't seem to find their way out of. Carlos Delgado actually showed some signs of life tonight, but it was rapidly put to death. In the top of the 2nd, he ripped a single to right field where Shane Victorino gave Carlos Delgado a Hawaiian Punch in his gut. Delgado got thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a double, a ball even Mike Piazza, Jason Phillips, or even Bengie Molina for embarrassment could've had a double on. Well from then on, there wasn't much to be wetting your panties or writing home about. Jon Lieber went the distance, striking out 4, walking none, with the Mets working one 3-ball count all day. This was against a pitcher who now has a 5.10 ERA. How much worse can this shit get? All this worse.
On the bright side, Tom Glavine seems to have found his groove once again, throwing seven strong innings in which saved the bullpen for some upcoming games. Glavine threw over 100 pitches for his second straight game, throwing 114 with 69 going as strikes. Glavine has pitched extremely well in his past 2 starts, pitching a total of 13 innings, 13 hits, 5 earned, 3 walks, and 10 k's. Unfortunately for Glavine, he has lost these two games, thanks to the Mets now-anemic offense only scratching across a Paul Lo Duca homerun back in the first inning in last Friday's game. Paul Lo Duca. Paul almost hit another homer for Glavine tonight in the ninth inning, missing about 10 feet left of the pole in left. He quickly flew out for the first out. I'm not a big fan of Glavine, but I feel bad for the guy. He pitches shitty, they score a zillion runs (against Braves, Cubs), but when he pitches great like tonight and Friday, they can't even get a hit for shit. (Interesting tidbit- Time of Game- 2:03.)(Another interesting tidbit- Glavine's previous 2 outings- 25 groundouts-4 flyouts. Tonight- 8 groundouts-10 flyouts.)
The Mets put Pedro on the DL, and I seen it coming from the beginning. They called up, yes you guessed it, for two days. I'm not even going to say it. You guys know better. Possible call-ups for Saturday night's spot start- Dave Williams (played horrible for Reds to begin this year, will be another Geremi Gonzalez or Jose Lima; perform well in Minors, shit in MLB), and Oliver Perez (Pittsburgh throw-in in the shitty trade we made with the Pirates. I wish we could have Nady back; our corner outfielders really suck, see Milledge. A lefty stud who used to throw in the mid- to upper-90's, now throws in the mid- to upper-80's. Pirates tried to make him into Tom Glavine; Mets will possibly try to see how he can fit in with all the other mid- to upper-80's starters we have, exception Mike Pelfrey (Minor League DL; since when do they have a DL?!?) No wonder why Pirates suck every year, trying to make a fantastic pitcher with also a great slider into Tom Glavine. Way to go Pirates. If Perez can revert to his former talent, this is a great trade, unless Xavier Nady wins the Triple Crown or MVP.)
W- Jon Lieber (5-9) 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5.10 ERA.
L- Tom Glavine (13-6) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.92 ERA.