If you were thinking I was going to blast off on Jennry Mejia after the way last night's game ended, well, you're wrong. It's not his fault. He shouldn't have been in that position in the first place.
It's very easy to point fingers in certain directions after yet another lackluster performance by the Mets. For once, they actually hung around and were in the game late despite the fact that their situational hitting yet again seems to abandon them at inopportune moments. The Mets put up 5 runs last night. If they'd managed to squeeze a key hit somewhere in the 8 they came up with, maybe that total would have been higher and the result different.
It wasn't until the 8th inning that the Mets managed to manufacture a run, this coming thanks to Rod Barajas' RBI single. In the 9th, the Mets miraculously tied the game, but it appeared to be more of an accident than due to any actual effort on the part of the Mets. Gary Matthews reached on what was generously scored a hit, and followed that by getting to 3rd when Chris Ianetta threw a 175-footer to 2nd base that bounced into the outfield. This, I thought, was the Mets first real break of the season. Maybe their first break in 2 years, or at least it feels that way sometimes. Jose Reyes predictably followed with a strikeout. Figures. They'll get the guy to 3rd with no outs and somehow manage to strand him there. This, of course, appears to be the primary team concept, going back as long as I've been writing this dopey blog.
But nooooo! Castillo came up and hit a Sac Fly to tie the game! I was floored. This was the sort of behavior the Mets rarely exhibit. Putting the ball in play with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs to get the run home? What a novel idea! The Mets ought to try that more often.
Then, they had a chance to win it in the 10th, except that Mike Jacobs didn't exactly run hard on his long double that could have been a triple if Todd Zeile were running. Of course, the Mets didn't get him home, and almost like clockwork the Rockies won the game in the bottom of the inning against Mejia. If they score, or score more in any one of those instances, Mejia probably isn't even in the game to give up that HR.
David Wright called it "A frustrating loss." Captain Obvious strikes again. Right now, every loss is frustrating if you're watching this team (or listening in my case). There's a stink on this club and no real way to get rid of it. You know, unless you fire the upper management and bring in people who have a clue. That, however, appears to be beyond ownership's realm.