I know some of my fellow bloggers already mentioned this, but it bears repeating: One day the Mets can’t hit their way out of a paper bag, the next day they can break through a ton of bricks!
Keep in mind that since I was at work today, I did not see the game. I only know the details because of Andrew V’s recap and a few highlights from my mom, who was fortunate enough to watch it. So I can’t comment on the actual play. However, I did catch the bottom of the ninth inning and was disappointed to learn that after a brilliant performance by John Maine, he lost a complete game shutout with just two outs to go.
Our bullpen should be well-rested for the next series, not having been used today and having an off day tomorrow. Hopefully the bats will stay hot and carry over their run-producing abilities. Don’t forget, ladies and gentlemen, we have the Yankees to play in only eight days! Could we at least be out of fourth place and putting together a little winning streak before we face them? While every game is important, it is especially significant to earn the city’s bragging rights by beating the Yankees, as well as to beat the rival Braves and Phillies. It’s good for the morale and confidence of the team and for the trust and support of the fans.
There’s the old saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” That only goes so far. That’s okay when teaching teamwork, responsibility and good sportsmanship. At this point, it’s consistency, leadership and results that matter. A team of the Mets caliber should not have the struggles it does, despite all the injuries it continues to suffer. But there is another saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Hopefully the Mets will find a way to win it all this year.