Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

Casey Stengel once asked of his 1962 Mets, “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

Mets fans awoke this morning asking the same thing after finding out that the Mets dropped another one to the Dodgers by a 5-4 score.

Coney Island’s Nelson Figueroa was so-so at best, giving up 5 runs, 8 hits, and 4 walks over 5 innings.

The bloom is coming off Figgy’s rose as a starter. The sooner Pedro Martinez can return as a starter, the better. Figgy is better off being this team’s long man.

The Mets actually lead this game early, by as much as a 3-0 margin in the first. But like seemingly every other game in the last year, the Mets squandered many an opportunity to put the game away. The Mets were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

The only real offensive highlight for the Mets came in the 3rd with Moises Alou on 3rd and Angel Pagan on 1st. Alou stole home for the 4th time in his career. Pagan had broken towards 2nd, drawing a throw while Alou broke towards home.

Alou beat the throw home by a step or two. Magically, his bones did not disintegrate from the slide at home.

Pagan started in CF because Carlos Beltran was removed from the lineup at the last minute due to “flu like symptoms”…whatever that means. I guess Beltran was 72% healthy and you just simply can’t play in that condition. Though he did muster up enough energy to strike out as a pinch hitter in the 8th.

Ryan Church nearly made the game changing play in the 5th. Blake DeWitt hit a ball to deep RF, Chruch made an attempt leaping catch at the wall. Church slammed into the wall and the ball was just an inch or two from being caught. The impact dazed Church and DeWitt ended up with a 2 run inside the park HR.

DeWitt is apparently the new Pat Burrell. The HR was his 2nd in two nights off the Mets and the first 2 of his career.

Church again was pretty much the lone bright spot for the Mets offensively. He went 2-for-4 with a solo HR and a double, he is now batting .314.

All in all, it was more of the same old, same old for these New York Mets.

Maybe its time for Raul Cassanova to call a team meeting, after all he has been with the Mets since April.

One Response

  1. “Maybe its time for Raul Cassanova to call a team meeting, after all he has been with the Mets since April.”


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