The Weekend That Was

Due to a full weekend agenda consisting of going to Shea on Friday, taking care of wedding planning stuff on Saturday, seeing Sex & The City ( I can admit to liking the show but the movie was a bit torturous) with the future Mrs. CoreyNYC and doind the brunch thing on Sunday…I haven’t been able to vent/congratulate about he Mets weekend.

So I’ll touch upon it all briefly…

Friday night’s 8th inning was all you needed to know about the managerial shortcomings of Willie Randolph. The Mets took a 1 run lead in the 7th and went into the 8th with a 5-4 lead.

The inning started with a terrible call at first base. Juan Pierre was called safe on a close play but he was clearly out by a step. I saw it from the upper deck.

Yet again, Randolph barely argued the call.

Then, Randolph brings in Aaron Heilman, IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INNING WITH A RUNNER ON BASE. Willie was pretty much the only guy in the ball park who apparently isn’t aware that Heilman is beyond terrible when coming into a game with inheirited runners.

Sho’ ’nuff, Heilman came in and gave up 4 straight hits without ever getting an out. He plated his inherited runner plus picked up 4 earned runs of his own (Scott Schoeneweis came in and gave up Heilman’s last earned run).

The Mets lost the game 9-5 and should have scored more than 5 runs in that game, having left lots of runners in scoring position. So it was a typical Mets effort.

On Saturday, Mike Pelfrey started off shaky and looked like he was going to have another bad loss but he righted the ship and actually escaped with a better looking line score than it felt like he pitched. 2 runs, 7 hits, 6 Ks in 7 innings.

The Mets bats were inexplicably stifled by Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley. But the Mets actually had a come from behind win scoring 3 in the 8th on the strength of a Carlos Beltran 2 run HR and a game winning RBI from Fernando Tatis.

On Sunday night, the Ryan Church returned and so did the “good” Mets. Johan Santana was still not as good as advertised and yet he managed to give up only 1 run over 7 2/3 innings while scattering 6 hits.

Church didn’t miss a beat after returning from his concussion/dizzy spells. He was 3-for-4 with a 2 run HR, 1B, and 2B. His lone out came on a fly ball that he just got under and would have been a HR.

Beltran had his 2nd HR in as many days and David Wright had a stellar night in the field and added a 3-for-4, 2 RBI night at the plate.

All in all, it was a pretty good weekend with the Mets taking 3 of 4 from the Dodgers but that shouldn’t disguise the horrible managerial skills of Willie Randolph.  He cost the Mets yet another game.

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