I still think that this team is going to the playoffs. The Mets, I mean. They have too much talent, and more importantly, there are too many teams allowed to make the playoffs for them to fail. Maybe a couple more games like the two that happened last night will change my mind, but for now I’m still Team Optimism.
That was from last night when the Mets fell behind 2-0 in the late game. We had already endured one seven-inning game in which New York went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. Rick Porcello allowed four runs in his three innings despite allowing no walks and no home runs. Corey Oswalt pitched four shutout innings in relief to keep the Mets in it, but it didn’t matter. Miami’s Daniel Castano allowed six hits and three walks without making it out of the fifth inning. The Mets could just not get a hit when it mattered.
The night cap rolled around, and we saw a lot of the same stuff. Seth Lugo pitched three perfect innings, but then gave way to Jared Hughes, who let up a two-run double by Brian Anderson. The Marlins scored a third run in the most ridiculous way possible.
Yes, that’s Jon Berti tripping over himself and still stealing home off of Jeurys Familia and rookie catcher Ali Sanchez. I feel bad for Sanchez because the recent Tomas Nido injury forced him into a tough spot, but he just stunk last night. At the plate, Sanchez came up with the bases loaded in the second and with two runners on in the fourth. Without spoiling too much, he ended up being responsible for five of the Mets’ eight runners left on base in that game.
In other news, all the NBA games today have been postponed due to the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake. I don’t know how much I can type about this without getting canceled, but let’s just say it’s interesting that the Bucks effectively went on strike before their game with the Magic was set to tip off. The NBA then followed by postponing the rest of the three-game slate.
It’s also important to note that we know so little about the Blake shooting. Maybe the players will end up being justified, but maybe they won’t. Either way, with the league supporting them, the players can do whatever they want.
It will be interesting to see if this is a one-day thing or if the players sit out until the police officers involved in the shooting are arrested. Depending on what facts come out, that might not happen for a while.