3 Up & 3 Down: Rocked By The Rockies Edition
As the great Bob Murphy once uttered, “The damned thing is over.” That describes the sentiment as the Mets wrapped up this seemingly never-ending road trip with a four day, three game debacle at the frozen tundra known as Coors Field. I give you a very rare 6 Down and 0 Up edition of this series’ 3 & 3.
Gee Whiz: Dillon Gee was ineffective in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader going 4.2 innings and letting up five runs to the hot-hitting Rockies. On the season Gee is now 0-3 with a whopping 8.36 ERA in 14 innings pitched. He’s averaging less than 5 innings per outing and that’s just not good enough.
No Laffey Matter: Aaron Laffey pitched the nightcap on Tuesday, and while he wasn’t as bad as Gee, he does not look like a major league ready pitcher to me. In three starts he now has a 4.52 ERA with just 9.1 innings pitched, averaging about three innings per start. The Mets need to get more out of Laffey, he’s taxing the bullpen for five-plus innings in each of his starts.
Ruben On Awry: What’s going on with Ruben Tejada? Last season Ruben was so good, he had me saying “Jose who?”. Tejada is now producing very little at the plate, and he’s made way too many errors this season and has the worst UZR and fielding percentage among all qualified shortstops as well as leading the majors in errors with six through 14 games. Hey, I get it, it’s cold. But it’s cold for both teams,.
THREE MORE DOWN? (This is madness!)
Oh No, Not D’Arnaud: The official report is a broken first metatarsal of the left foot, in other words his big toe. That’s a tough break for Travis and the Mets and even if he does get back behind the plate before July, we may not see d’Arnaud until the September call ups, and that’s a shame.
Crashed Davis: Ike Davis and his slow starts are starting to get on my nerves. So far this season Ike is batting a smooth .136 with just one homerun, and two RBI. Not exactly what you expect to see from your cleanup hitter after three weeks. Ike was supposed to be the big run producer, but instead has become a big rally killer. And with John Buck now coming back back to earth, 2-for-16, how much longer will the Mets put up with Ike?
This Pen Is Mightier Than Nothing: It was the first time the Mets blew a lead of at least six runs in a loss since August 26, 2008, when they were up 7-0 against the Phillies and lost 8-7 in 13 innings. The Mets’ bullpen had a 13.09 ERA during the three games in Denver compared to 0.77 for the Rockies. Might be time for a big shakeup.
The season gets a lot tougher on this homestand as the Washington Nationals roll into are in this weekend, then the Dodgers come to town. Let’s Go Mets!
About the Author: Gregg Hopps
Gregg lives on Long Island, and has been a Mets fan since Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose slugged it out in the 1973 playoffs. "Keith Hernandez is the best defensive first baseman to ever have played baseball."
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