What, Me Worry? Well, YesBy: JKurp
I’m a pretty optimistic guy. Glass half-full, keep on keepin’ on, etc. Hell, one of my favorite Radiohead songs is “Optimistic.” But I’m finding it really tough to keep making excuses for the Mets. For six games in a row, the opponent has scored first and with the way they’re hitting (team average at .249), two runs might be too much over nine innings, let alone in the first inning. I’m looking at you, John Maine, whose ERA is now 13.50.
On Saturday, I went to Citi Field for the first time this season with my mom who hadn’t been to the stadium yet. Our seats were great, the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum was awesome (my favorite: a signed Benny Agbayani bat and “The Ball” from Game Six), the food was top notch (Blue Smoke, fries, and a cupcake from Mama’s of Corona out in the right field), but the Mets lost…to the Nationals, who got three innings of one hit pitching from Tyler Clippard (It was the best relief pitching performance I’ve seen against the Mets since Eric Gagne struck out the side in, I think, nine pitches). Sure, the Mets were one Willie Harris catch (who, by the way, can go here) from winning the thing, but that doesn’t make up for loading the three bases (twice with no outs!) and getting one run. On a sacrifice fly.
But again, I’m a happy-go-lucky fellow, so here are some bright spots so far:
-The bullpen has been great, allowing only 6 runs over 26.1 innings. Thing is, a good bullpen means nothing when your team’s down three runs.
-Jose Reyes has looked pretty good since his return. A little rusty, sure, but that’s to be expected for someone who didn’t really have a Spring Training. We haven’t seen the Reyes of old yet, but it’s only a matter of time before he breaks out.
-Normally I call bullshit when people claim that a guy just needs a “change of scenery,” but maybe Jeff Francouer will prove to be the exception to the rule. Although the RBIs haven’t come yet (and last night’s double play in the fourth inning didn’t help), he’s hitting .440 (wOBA of .556). Also on a side note, when you Google “change of scenery baseball,” you get 582,000 search results, beginning with J.J. Hardy going to the Twins.
Um, that’s about it. The HRs haven’t come (7), the starters ERA is awful (6.63), and with RISP, the Mets are hitting .180. This team needs to show some kind of spark soon, or else that record low attendance of 28,055 from last Friday’s game might soon become the norm.
In “Optimistic,” Thom Yorke sings, You can try the best you can/If you try the best you can/The best you can is good enough. In the Mets’ case, after the last few years: No, it’s not.