Mets ship sinking fast

Posted: June 29, 2009 in Mets

The Skipper is obviously reacting to the latest Mets embarassment.

The Skipper is obviously reacting to the latest Mets embarassment.

The Mets dropped their fourth straight game, falling 10-6 tonight to the Milwaukee Brewers in a game that wasn’t even that close.
Fernando Nieve, who had pitched brilliantly in his first three Mets starts, crashed to earth with a thud tonight, allowing three runs on 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings.
Yet as bad as Nieve was tonight, the Mets’ pen was much worse. Hard to believe the pen actually looked good at one point this year, it seems so long ago. After Elmer Dessens pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings (a miracle in and of itself), the combination of Brian Stokes, Pat Misch and Bobby Parnell surrendered eight runs on eight hits over the final three innings.
The critical blow was a two-out sixth-inning grand slam by Casey McGehee off Stokes, giving the Brewers a 7-2 lead. Misch allowed a run and Parnell two more to give Milwaukee a 10-3 lead after 8. Parnell was magnificent in the first two months of the season. He’s been awful in June and could be ticketed to AAA soon.
The Mets did just enough in the ninth to make me somewhat interested again. Daniel Murphy and David Wright hit back to back doubles for a run, and Gary Sheffield blasted a two-run homer to close the gap to 10-6. Brewers manager Ken Macha, obviously wanting a save chance for Trevor Hoffman, let a clearly struggling Carlos Villanueva give up two more hits to Ryan Church and Fernando Martinez before Macha called on Hoffman.
Just as I started to believe a little bit, Brian Schneider hits the first pitch and grounds into a game-ending double play. Ahh, the life of a Mets fan.
It’s becoming apparently clear that this team simply isn’t good. The injuries have reduced this squad to a shell of itself, and I’m not so sure it was that great of a squad to begin with. Unless major changes are made or guys magically start coming off the disabled list, I’m afraid it’s going to be a long summer for Mets fans.
The Mets are now in third place, as the Marlins beat the Nats tonight 4-2. Mets under .500 for the first time since early May. We may have to get used to it. And by the way, just as I knew he would, the great Argenis Reyes went 0-5 from the leadoff spot tonight. This guy is terrible, AAA filler at best.
Here are the standings, although I don’t know why I bother.
Philadelphia 39-34 —
Florida 39-39 2.5
METS 37-38 3


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