There Are Better Days Ahead

June 28, 2009

There’s an old saying in baseball that good pitching beats good hitting. For the last two nights, the Mets have proved whole-heartedly that good pitching can also beat bad hitting. In the first two games of the Subway Series with the Yankees, the Mets as a team, batted just 4 for 58 which amounts to a .069 batting average. On the other side of the ball, Yankee pitchers gave up just one earned run in eighteen innings of work, a 0.50 ERA, while striking out nineteen. Wait, it gets worse. If you add bad pitching into the equation, it does not beat good hitting. In their eighteen innings pitched, the Mets’ staff allowed twelve earned runs along with twenty-two hits, four for home runs. The Yankees have hit .282 so far this series.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel admitted after the game on Friday night that the only thing his team could do was to look up at the scoreboard and make sure they had not fallen any further from the first place Philadelphia Phillies. Perhaps Manuel was acting premature when responding to the lackluster performance of his struggling caravan of moving parts. Looking at the Mets everyday starting lineup, David Wright, Alex Cora, Ryan Church, and second baseman Luis Castillo, who had the night off last night, are the only players of late that have shown any sign of stability at their positions. The other Mets players such as, Daniel Murphy, Fernando Tatis, or the recently called, Nick Evans, have been swapped in and out of the lineup on a daily basis. This, in turn, creates a lack of cohesion and leads to uneven or inconsistent play.

After Saturday’s loss Manuel stated he was somewhat concerned with the fact that his team could not get anything going in the last two games. The only recourse I can recommend for the Mets skipper is to allocate the same players and allow them to play everyday. Until he clearly defines his everyday players’ roles, then I guess we’ll just have to wait for the cavalry and hopefully stay afloat.

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