The Glass Half Empty Weekend

So this new job of mine and all the stuff you have to do leading up to a wedding are taking its toll on my posting output here.  So to my handful of loyal readers, I apologize.

Lets catch up on the Phillies series…

I traveled down to Philly to catch the first two games of the series and even got to stay in the same hotel as the Mets (more on that later).

Friday’s game was awful in so many ways.  The constant rain, the Mets not scoring for Santana yet again, Jerry Manuel having a Willie-esque moment and inexplicably yanking Santana in a tied game after only having thrown 90 pitches in 8 innings.  That was a winnable game for the Mets and it cost them a sweep and what could have been a 1/2 game deficit today.

Saturday’s comeback win was great, especially considering that Brian Schneider was the difference maker with a 2 run double in the 8th.

Sunday’s win was excruciating.

The Mets couldn’t score, except for a Carlos Beltran solo HR, despite having runners on in scoring position all day long.

Carlos Perez had pitched himself in and out of trouble all day long and managed to give the Mets 7 shutout innings of 4 hit ball.

Then the rains came to the tune of a nearly 3 hour rain delay.

The Mets added an insurance run in the 8th and brought Billy Wagner in to close it out.  He gave up a 2 run HR and wiped out the good efforts of the rest of the bullpen to hold the lead.

As you know by now, Joe Smith gave the Mets 4 innings of scoreless relief during the extra frames and Fernando Tatis hit a 2 run HR in the 12th to win it.

As for Monday’s debacle (yes, I said debacle) of a win…

Only the Mets can take a 10-1 lead and turn it into a gut wrenching 10-9 win that prevents you from feeling good about the win and the 3 out of 4 taken from the Phillies.

Pedro Martinez started and looked decent for the first time this season, giving up 2 ER over 5.1 innings.

The offense was clicking.  David Wright had a HR and 4 RBI.  Endy Chavez, Damion Easley and Fernando Tatis had three hits.  They eventually had an 8-0 lead and Martinez left with an 8-2 lead.

Then the wheels fell off the bullpen.

The most controversial blow of the night came on Ryan Howard’s 2 run HR off of Tony Armas Jr. that was initially called a ground-rule double by the 2B umpire because a fan reached over the right-field wall and touched the ball.  The umpires then conferred and the 2B umpire was overruled by the 1b & 3B umpires, who were strangely further away from the ball than the guy who initially made the call.

On the bright side, Jerry Manuel got ejected for arguing the call.

The bottom line is that MLB needs to go to instant replay on HRs for next season.  There have been too many blown calls this season.

Billy Wagner came in the ninth to a 10-7 game and finally closed the game out at 10-9.

Wagner gave up a two-out RBI single to Pedro Feliz, scoring Shane Victorino and Eric Bruntlett (who scored on an idiotic throwing error by Beltran).

All in all, it was as hollow a victory as can be considering the Mets took 3 of 4 from the Phillies


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