No matter how good a team is they will still lose 50 games over the course of the season. On the flip side, the worst team in baseball, no matter how awful they may be, will still manage to win 50 games. It’s those other 62 games that separates pennant winners from last place.
Tonight’s thrashing at the hands (and bats) of the Phillies was one of those 62 we were supposed to win.
I don’t want to say that Saturday’s loss was to be expected, but in hindsight, perhaps it should have been. After winning 9 of our last 10, the odds were against us. No team plays .900 ball forever. We were also in enemy territory going against one of the top pitchers in the game in Roy Halladay. Mike Pelfrey started and lets face facts. We all know he’s not going to maintain his 0.60 ERA. After tying a team record of 27 scoreless innings, the roof caved in and we got clobbered, 10-0.
Any Mets loss is tough, especially to those damn Phillies. But I felt confident coming into Sunday’s game. On Saturday the Phillies shut us down with their ace. Sunday we would return the favor and counter with our own ace. Johan’s opponent? Jamie Moyer. I don’t want to say Moyer is old for a ballplayer, but he made his major league debut before David Wright started kindergarten.
27 year old David Wright staked the Mets to an early 3-0 lead in the 1st. A few innings later, we had a 5-2 lead. All of this with our ace on the mound. This was a game that we should have won. This was one of those ‘others.’ This was one of the 62 we were supposed to win. But it didn’t happen.
The fact remains that the Phillies outscored us 21-5 in 2 days and knocked us out of first place. Concerned? Yes. Time to panic and restart the Manuel/Omar firing watch? Hell no.
Think back to 5 weeks ago, just before Opening Day. Had someone told us we’d be 14-11 and only ½ GB, we never would have believed it.
For what it’s worth, it was on May 2 of a different year when our ace lost his 3rd game of the season and we were knocked out of first place. The Mets fell to 9-14 , ½ game back. It was the first of 5 straight losses. The year was 1973 and the ace who took the loss was some fella named Seaver.
What will be interesting is to see how our Mets rebound from this weekend. What are the 2010 Mets made of? We go to Cincy for 3 and then return home for 6 against the Giants and Nationals. We need to pick ourselves off the ground, dust ourselves off and move forward. Can we rebound from this weekend? Hopefully. We should be able to. If losing 2 games, no matter to who or by how much, will send this team into a tailspin, then we have our answer. There is still 137 games remaining. Plenty of time. That could be a good thing…or a bad thing.