Wednesday, October 18, 2006

CALLING ALL BATS, CALLING ALL BATS . . .

Oh boy. I don't like writing about the Mets the day after a loss. And last night's loss puts them on the brink of elimination. No fun.

So I'll keep it brief. The bats need to show up. Reyes needs to show up. David Wright needs to show up. All season long, the Mets scored a lot of runs. Off good pitchers, off bad pitchers. They weren't hog-tied by bums like Jeff Weaver or Jeff Suppan or Jeff Kinney (!). Those are three Jeffs that shouldn't be dominating the Mets.

John Maine didn't pitch all that badly last week, considering the impossible strike zone, the same zone that left Carpenter struggling with his control. Heilman is very rested. Wagner (yeah, him) is well-rested. That's not what worries me. The Mets need to hit. Score some runs. Drive guys in. The Dynamic Duo needs to be . . . well, dynamic.

If they hit, they'll win. And then we can worry about the game 7 pitcher and all that fun stuff. Hell, if tonight's a blowout win, and the pen once again gets the night off, we could see 3+ innings from Heilman tomorrow night. Who knows. But tonight (or tomorrow if the rains come), the boys have to swing the lumber.

I remember 20 years ago feeling depressed when my team followed an offensive outburst with a frustrating 4-2 loss on the road. Coming home to face the other team's best pitcher. The best pitcher in the league. Well, we all know how that turned out.

As a matter of fact, while I'm hoping to repeat that outcome, I'm not sure I need quite that amount of drama. But I'll take it. Here's to Game 7.

17 Comments:

Blogger Thrillhous said...

Man did they look sucky last night. In fact, except for game 5, they haven't hit much of anything. bad!

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

'Twasn't a thing of beauty, that's for sure.

They had Weaver on the ropes in the first inning, but Eckstein's play on LoDuca and Wright's continuing inability to do anything in RBI spots let him wriggle out of it.

Then he really found his groove.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Danny said...

Mike - It's up to El Rapido and The Prince. Bottom line. Carlos y Carlos have done the job.

We can't get mad when Green runs around rightfield like he has an anchor on his back. He isn't capable of doing any better. We can't get mad if Maine gives up a couple of homers. That is what he does all year. And down the line...

But it will be disappointing if our two 23 year-old superstars continue to come up small in this series. This series is most certainly not over.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Green's been more than fine, he's been excellent. One good at-bat after another. If Met pitchers got a few strikeouts, we wouldn't have to worry about his offensive defense.

He's hardly the problem, not are the Two Carloses, as you said. The Left Side of the Infield needs to be the right side, like it was all season long. Except for game 2 (Reyes) and Wright's home run, they've looked really clueless at the plate.

Tough to watch.

10:24 AM  
Blogger sheadenizen said...

I thought I would be despondent today, but interestingly enough, I'm not.I honestly believe the Mets will win tonight. Why? Just feminine intuition. It counts for something....right? I probably should shut off the FAN so I don't hear Beningo and all these crazed fans spewing doom and gloom.
Let's Go Mets!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

Hope

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Just feminine intuition.

I'll take anything at this point. So long as it puts runs on the board. If Reyes comes out tonight waering makeup & a skirt, I don't care if he goes 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Ed-

Is that a Shawshank Redemption allusion?

If so, it's a good one.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

I've got to say, living in Houston, it's hard to pull for the Cards, but I've yet to forgive the Mets for 1986, so, GO CARDS!!!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

An act of war.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

BELIEVE

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

How bout: WIN

2:54 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

I'm surprised the Mets haven't adopted one of the '86 Met team strategies. Ask the umpire to check the ball after every pitch. After all, if you can't hit Jeff Weaver, then there's got to be something wrong with the ball.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

All right! Now you're piling on. You wait 20 years for the Mets to fall behind 3-2, and then you trundle out the old demons?

Well two can play this game, bucko! How's this one: The Mets didn't ask the ump to check even one of Mike Scott's baseballs in game 7 of the NLCS.

Bwahahahahahahahahah.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Look, if Hal Lanier doesn't lose his guts and pitches Jim Deshaies in that series, it's the Astros taking advantage of Roger Clemens quitting in Game 6 of the World Series.

Bitter. No, I'm not bitter.

5:59 PM  
Blogger George said...

Hey, Mike, here's my take on tonight, hoping it's the Amazins who show up.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

They showed up.

7:02 AM  

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