It's encouraging to see that, one week into the season, we can expect the same overmatched, lackluster play out of the Mets that we did last season, and it's even better to see that no matter how hard they try, they can't seem to avoid being ripped off by Willie Harris.
I mean, I know it's one week into the season and it's not worth going crazy just yet, but it's sort of unavoidable when you consider that it appears the Mets have come into this season only partially prepared to play ball. Jose Reyes is back, and that's a very good sign. But even if Jose gets on base every time up, and creates as much havoc for the other team as possible, it means very little if there's nobody behind him to drive him in.
I mean, it's not all bad. In fact, the weekend seemed to start out pretty good. Friday night, the Mets looked great. They looked inspiring. They looked like they were ready to go take out the Nationals for 3 straight games. Pelfrey pitched well, Francoeur and Barajas hit HRs, and all was nice and rosy pink. Here we go, we're gonna have a winning homestand!
Not when Oliver Perez has a typical Oliver Perez start. Not when the Mets get guys on base and don't drive them in, and not when Willie Harris is on the field against the Mets. And if that wasn't bad enough, it looked like the Mets were still hung over on Sunday afternoon, when they looked mostly punchless against a guy who was on their own damn team last season and used to get routinely lit up like a Christmas tree! How's this for a reversal of fortune? Last season, it seemed like every time the Mets sent Livan Hernandez to the mound, he was down 4 runs before people had even sat down. Yesterday, this MFer had a 4-run LEAD!! And this against Santana! What the hell is going on with this team?
I know it's only one week and I should calm down, but, really, is anyone that encouraged?