I’m sorry folks I know it’s my duty (he said “doody”) to pay attention to these New York Mets games and then tell you what you just saw about them but this team makes it really hard to pay attention after the first few innings. The idiots just took their own horrible approach popping up to center fielder Rick Ankiel so many times that Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen suggested he should be paid by the out. If only the Mets had a reputation as comeback kids I could remain focused but their record when trailing after 1 inning is 0 and 7,429 (roughly) and tonight Mike Pelfrey (13-8) allowed the host Atlanta Braves to score 2 in the 1st inning on an 2-run double by Martin Prado and 2 in the 2nd inning on an Omar Infante RBI single and a Jason Heyward RBI double so after 2 it was 4-0 Atlanta. If they can’t remain focused why the hell should I?
Meanwhile the Mets were still hit-less. Their 1st hit came in the 4th when David Wright broke Braves starter Tommy Hanson‘s (9-10) spell with a 1 out double but was (naturally) stranded. Their 2nd (and only other) hit came in the 8th inning and, I hope you are seated, it was a single by Luis Hernandez that drove in a run. Huzzah! After Billy Wagner retired the Mets in order in the 9th for his 31st save, Mets color analyst Keith Hernandez, a master of understatement, said “this is getting kind of depressing.” I can sum it up no better than that. Final score Atlanta 4, New York 1. Lost in the doldrums was the major league debut of Lucas Duda who was 0 for 3 at the plate but exhibited surprising defense sliding to his left to cut off 1 hit and sliding to his right to make a fine catch against the wall. The Braves go for the final nail, I mean sweep, tomorrow.