Bad timing for the ace of the staff to have a bad day. One day after a tough loss to the Nationals on the line out by Rod Barajas in the 9th that ended the game, Johan had his worst outing of the season going 5 innings with 3k’s and 5 earned runs. The Nationals never looked back to a 5-2 win.
Bad timing for Rod to be the catcher in todays game. In the first inning, Johan loaded the bases with 1 out and Willingham up to bat. Willingham hit a shot to center field that was thought to bounce off the wall. The runners on 2nd and 3rd scored easily but the relay throw was on its way home when Adam Dunn was rounding 3rd. The ball got home but Rod could not hang on to the ball when he took a shot from Dunn running at full speed. Dunn was called safe and as the ball was rolling away from Rod, Willingham was running home. Santana got to the ball and threw to Rod who after another collision, this time with Willingham, managed to hang on to the ball for the out. Turns out that shot by Willingham after a review was actually a grand slam home run…so Rod got tackled not once but twice for pretty much no reason at all as the hit turned out to be a home run anyway.
Bad timing for Jeff Francoeur to be so awesome. Jeff is hitting .444(good for 6th in the lineup behind Mike Jacobs apparently…) with 2 home runs and 6 RBI’s to start the season. Today he was 2 for 3 with a walk and a triple, providing the majority of the offense to start the season. He also had his 71st MLB career leading assist on a 285.5 foot throw from right field to Rod Barajas for the double play out on Adam Dunn tagging up at 3rd.
Bad timing for the Mets bats to almost literally fall asleep for 7 innings. Livan Hernandez went 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and 0 earned runs. The Mets were 1-9 with RISP today(6-33 for the series), the one opportunity that the Mets cashed in was on rare hit from Jacobs, let alone the ultra rare event that it was a home run in the 8th inning with a man on against Brian Bruney.
Bad timing for the bullpen to be so awesome. The bullpen has now gone 12 innings in this series without surrendering an earned run. Who would have thought to start the season that our bullpen would be one of our strong points. Im sure didnt. Raul Valdez made his season debut against the Nationals and tossed 2 innings of scoreless relief.
And ultimately, bad timing for a club who had 19 players on the DL andÂ finished 70-92 a year ago to start off 2-4. You know, the Mets have lost two series in a row to teams that are not seen as serious contenders for the post season. I know what most of you will say, the Mets are not considered to be contenders for anything either…to which I say Espn, Mlb Network and the bleacher report would agree with you. Granted, Im not the type of fan that writes the team off in game 6 of a new season but some of what we have seen in the early goingÂ with this ball club is unacceptable. I know the Mets are making money off of the SNY television deal but to see Citifield as empty and quiet as it has been ironically speaks louder about how the fans feel about whats going on. Gary Cohen said during the broadcast that he is wondering about the patience of this franchise, from the front office down to the players and managers. For a franchise that only 4 years ago won 97 games, this is truly a sad sight to see and to realize how far we have fallen is equally as depressing. I know my post game today lacked the usual dependable joking humor of Grave…but at this point, the Mets are becoming a very bad joke. There are roughly 156 more games to go and it would be ludicrous to suggest the Mets have hit rock bottom on game 6 of a new season but after suffering through 2 collapses and and injury plagued season that left us in 4th place, one begins to wonder how deep does the rabbit hole really go. For the Mets sake, I hope an end is near…sooner than later. Regardless of injury, the replacements are professional players and they should start playing as such. Im tired of the self accountable rhetoric without actual performance to back up the words. No, I cannot hit a 97 mph fastball or a 84 mph change up but you know what, there are people in the Mets organization who are showing that they can and are being held up for some misplaced loyalty to players who are undeserving of such loyalty. If things dont turn around soon, I dont see the difference in giving full time spots to kids in the organization who ARE hungry and DO want to perform. We have a tough schedule coming up, lets hope we are a better road team than we are in our own house.
Full wrap up available here.
Post game where Manuel admits his team looked “unprepared“. Thank you captain obvious…
Adam Rubin has more information regarding the K-Rod incident with Willie Harris in the 9th