Archive for July 23rd, 2009

For the Mets, Cancer Has Found Its Way On and Off the Field

July 23, 2009

Sandwiched between an impromptu press conference regarding the behavior and pending investigation of Mets vice president of development, Tony Bernazard, and a post-game reaction that felt more like the uncovering of manager Jerry Manuel’s last will and testament, the Mets dropped their second straight game, 3-1, to the Washington Nationals last night. Amid speculation that Bernazard tore off his shirt in front of a clubhouse full of Double-A ball players shouting, “You want a piece of me,” Manuel was asked to defend his current team’s crippling offense.

In the last two losses against the Nationals, the end result for the Mets batters has been just one measly run. In that time, they have also left seventeen men on base. Third basemen David Wright, considered their best hitter, went 2 for 12 in the three-game series producing no RBI and registering zero runs scored.

“We’re not meeting that challenge,” Wright said. “We are having a tough time at the plate scoring runs.”

With their biggest home run threat, Gary Sheffield, sidelined with a right hamstring cramp, the Mets are forced to rely on players like shortstop Angel Berroa and outfielder Cory Sullivan to fill the gap left in their lineup.

“We’re waiting to get hot, maybe we are hot,” Manuel said jokingly.

After an off-day on Thursday, the Mets will continue their southern road trip as they open up a weekend series in Houston against a surging Astros ballclub on Friday.