Lost weekend

Posted: June 29, 2009 in Mets

Terrible weekend for the Mets as they were utterly dominated by their crosstown rivals from the Bronx in one of the worst Subway Series I can remember.
Last night’s game was winnable, as Livan Hernandez did a nice job after a bumpy first with more bad defense by the Mets (although no errors were charged). The most frustrating play of the night came in the ninth, something that could only happen to the Mets.
Francisco Rodriguez, who has been brilliant for the Mets this year, suddenly morphed into Armando Benitez. He couldn’t find the zone and didn’t have command. With runners on first and second, two outs and Mariano Rivera on deck, the Mets smartly walked Derek Jeter intentionally (after foolishly throwing three pitches to him).
Rivera, the future Hall of Fame closer, has no career hits or RBIs. All K-Rod has to do is throw his best fastball down the middle and see if Mo can catch up to it. Instead, he falls behind 2-0 and eventually walks Rivera on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in a run to make it 4-2 Yanks.
Only to the Mets, I say. Rivera closes the door in the bottom of the ninth for his 500th save (how good has this guy been during his career, that cutter is still lethal even though its lost a few MPH over the years). Mets get swept, ending a 1-5 Subway Series slaughter to the Yanks. Overall, the Mets go 5-10 in interleague play, losing nine of their last IL contests after taking the first series against Boston.
Now it’s on to Milwaukee, with the Mets back at .500, 2 1/2 games back of the Phils, who took two of three in Toronto. Fernando Nieve tries to keep his amazing string of starts going. He’ll oppose one-time horrendous Mets closer Braden Looper, who has turned out to be a serviceable back of the rotation starter the last couple years.

The standings:
Philadelphia 39-34 —
METS 37-37 2.5
Florida 38-39 3

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