Archive for August 9th, 2009

Beard or No Beard, Mets Struggling for Wins

August 9, 2009

With their eighth loss in their last ten games last night, it looks as if more and more Mets players have opted for shaving off a week’s worth of facial hair. For Alex Cora, who stroked his first home run last night in what seemed like a dog’s age, he may want to hold off on that decision for now. If you recall, the ball club as a whole decided to forgo any attempt at maintaining a clean-cut look until they reached a record equal to five hundred.

Since that executive decision was initiated, the Mets have gone into a free fall and are currently eight games below that mark at 51-59. In addition, the Mets have shown no signs that they are close to turning things around. In three games against the San Diego Padres, the Mets as a team have batted just .206 and have managed only six runs. On the mound, the pitching staff has not helped the current situation either by adding to their major league lead in walks with eighteen.

The four-game series with the Padres at PETCO Park concludes this afternoon. The Mets will send their stopper, Johan Santana, to the mound with the hopes that he can avoid a series sweep.