At that point, I realized what the Mets needed to do: They needed to dust him. Not hit him, not hurt him, just, dust him. You know, like what Syndergaard did to Escobar last October. Just put one under his chin and knock him on his ass. Get him uncomfortable.
Of course, given how this has played out, Murphy will probably hit another 3 Home Runs and run the bases backwards.
I and basically every other Mets fan continues to maintain that letting Murphy go was still the right move, because come on. Who the hell thought this was going to happen? This is a guy who once spent an entire season grounding out to 2nd base, and another season getting thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple 39 times. And now, as I said yesterday, he's Dork Jeff Kent. It almost figures that this would happen, because it's the Mets and this is the sort of shit that happens to them. Why the hell couldn't the Anaheim Angels have jumped in, offered him $50 million and saved us from this? It wouldn't bother me as much if he were hitting like this in the American League because a) we wouldn't have to see him skipping around and waving his towel in our faces and b) everyone does that in the American League anyway.
So, yeah. That happened, that sunk Matz, sunk the Mets, sunk the weekend and sent us into the All Star Break not feeling so good about things. The Mets over the last 3 games looked like a team that needed a break, and, well, now they've got one. They finish out the first half 47-41 and tied for the 2nd Wildcard, but a rather distant 6 games out of 1st place behind a team that's gone back to thoroughly pounding them to the tune of a 4-9 record. I mean, given everything that's happened to the Mets this season, with a constant stream of injuries and a whole host of inconsistencies, I suppose we should be fortunate to be in this position hanging tough, but come on. The Mets have looked outright miserable against a bunch of teams they should have beaten soundly, and those are games they're not going to get back. It makes it that much harder to make up the ground between them and Washington, even the ground between them and the Dodgers, who hold the first Wildcard spot.
I don't know what the second half of the season will hold here, and I suppose I felt the same way last season. The only difference here is that there probably isn't a Yoenis Cespedes trump card that can be brought in to save the day. I don't know if there's enough chips left in the system to pull something like that off, and, well, I don't know where an additional piece would fit here? I have a feeling that what we're seeing here is what we're going to the whip with the rest of the way. I hope it works. Otherwise, I'll be trashing Murphy even more. If that clown could have performed like this when he was here, maybe we wouldn't be in this mess.