Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bad to Worse

The New York Mets in 2009 seem to be successful at one thing and one thing only: Finding new, inexplicable ways to lose games.

If it's not dropping a popup, it's a guy forgetting to touch 3rd base, or an outfielder spontaneously falling down while trying to catch a fly ball or a pitcher tripping over his own feet and committing a balk or walking the opposing pitcher.

Last night added the wrinkle of the entire team self-destructing in one inning, including several of the aforementioned elements, adding up to a sequence that started with the pitching coach getting thrown out of the game and ended up with Johan Santana heaving the ball into Left Field and the Brewers accomplishing what was tantamount to an inside-the-park Grand Slam.

It's officially become Murphy's Law for the 2009 Mets, and I don't mean Daniel. Whatever could have possibly gone wrong with this team has over the first 3 months of the season, and whatever can go wrong will continue to go wrong. I've mentioned it before, but it's the sign of a bad team. All the breaks and all the luck goes against them. They are a defeated team and now, they're starting to play like a defeated team, which is a scary proposition.

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