3 Up & 3 Down: The Cross-Town, All-Down Edition

Terry Collins

The Mets lost all three games of the first installment of the 2012 Subway Series. Round one was played up in the Bronx, where the Yankees took advantage of the short porch in right field with great frequency. I’m not sure exactly what the Mets took advantage of, if anything. So this time out we feature only 3 Downs, which is quite amazing, because after 40 years of following this team, I’m nothing if not an optimist.

3 Up:

Sorry, nothing this time.

3 Down:

Johan Gets Hammered: On Friday night, fresh off his no-hitter, Johan had a pretty rude reality check. Johan gave up 7 runs, 6 earned, including two home runs by Robinson Cano. It’s one of the great things about baseball; one night a guy could pitch a no hitter, and the next night he could look like a batting practice pitcher. Let’s hope his next start is better.

A Bad Tex Message: On Saturday night, big Mark Teixeira hit a home run to put the Yankees ahead 3-2 and then just for kicks, Curtis Granderson hit one off Bobby Parnell for some insurance. See, the Yankees actually have home run hitters in their line up, the Mets have rally killers (Bay & Ike for example).

Dribblers, Dunks & Parnell: Bobby Parnell came in and we watched a slim 3-2 lead dissipate on Sunday afternoon. Jeter gets a double off a little infield ground ball. A-Rod hits a dead-quail flyball and suddenly the Yankees jump ahead 4-3. The Mets tie it in the 9th only to have Jon Rauch give up a walk-off home run to Russell Martin. It’s always extra special to have a .216 hitter beat you with a walk-off home run.

Yes, a weekend of horror for the Mets and Jason Bay’s return who couldn’t buy a hit in the series. The good guys are off tomorrow, then it’s down to Tampa Bay and the Rays. Maybe the day off will do the Mets some good. Maybe leaving town will do the Mets some good. Anyway, LGM!!!