Can Anybody Play the Game Here?

June 27, 2009

It took the Mets just one inning to separate themselves from their cross-town rivals at Citi Field last night. By committing three errors that led to two unearned runs in the top half of the second inning, the Mets had fallen behind the New York Yankees, 4-0. Shortstop Alex Cora, third baseman David Wright, and first baseman Nick Evans each produced their own version of a bonehead play causing Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey to smack his glove, scream obscenities towards centerfield, and undertake an early trip to the showers. For the fourth time in his last five starts, the tall right-hander failed to make it into the sixth inning.

Two weeks ago to the day, Mets fans were privy to one of the most excruciating losses in Subway Series history. This time around, a 9-1 thumping in the hands of the Bronx Bombers was just as painful. Aside from an Alex Rodriguez home run, it was the other guys in the Yankees lineup that did most of the damage. Centerfielder Brett Gardner, a double shy of the cycle, finished with five hits, two RBIs, and three runs scored. With Derek Jeter as a late scratch, Ramiro Pena was given the start at short. Pena went 3 for 5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Other than counting how many 1-2-3-innings the Mets had last night, the only excitement worth noting was a laser-beam shot off the bat of Gary Sheffield over the left field wall that produced the Mets only run.

If the Mets want to give this series any merit, they’ll have to sweep the remaining two games. With Tim Redding matched up against another big name Yankee pitcher in A.J. Burnett, the likelihood of that happening seems very remote.

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