We're Still The Mets
This has been a very un-Mets-like season. It should have been the season from hell but it wasn’t. We should have gotten nothing for Beltran and spent gobs on K-Rod but that didn’t happen either. We should be in massive debt and bleeding money but looks like even that isn’t happening. However, we’ve seen what now seems like the annual run of debilitating injuries, bullpen meltdowns, and we’re sitting well behind the Braves. But those aren’t the only reasons we’re still the Mets and this recent Padres series showed us why. We’re still the Mets because…Cameron Maybin, a perennial disappointment who averages a .253/3/15 season stat line just put up a .368/1/3 4-game series with 3 SB and 5 runs scored. And the only game he was held hitless? He had 2 RBI.The Padres are 27th in the MLB in runs scored with 444. If they averaged as many runs per game over the whole season as they did in the 4-game Mets series, they would have scored a whopping 121 more runs on the season, putting them squarely in 4th place.Will Venable went from April 6th to May 3rd of this year without collecting even one extra-base hit. Venable now has 18 extra-base hits on the season. Exactly one sixth of those came in yesterday’s game alone in which Venable smacked two doubles and a triple.R.A. Dickey turned in his 3rd straight quality start loss. He gave up just 3 earned over 6 innings. The two unearned runs? His own error. So 5 runs. Coming into today, Jonathon Niese had collected two wins in his last three starts, both of which saw him give up 5 runs in 5 innings, all earned. Today? Only 2 earned over 7 2/3. And a loss.And despite all this, the Mets still managed to work the series split. But how could I call myself a Mets fan if I wasn’t self-deprecating?