I disappear for the week and the Mets lead in the NL East disappears too. Crazy how that works.
The Mets fell half a game behind the Phillies last night after losing three of their last four games. As most Mets fans, I’m having flashbacks to last year. They lost their grip at exactly the same time of the season (17 games left) in 2007. This time their lead wasn’t as much as it was last year but they were playing really good ball before shutting down. It was only a few years ago that owner Fred Wilpon said he’d like to get his team to play meaningful games in September. At this point fans are saying the same thing. The team is in meaningful games in September but their just not playing.
Monday night’s embarrassment boiled down to an offense that couldn’t score and a starting pitcher (Pedro Martinez) who couldn’t get the job done. Pedro allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 3 and walking 4 in 6 innings. Duaner Sanchez‘s lousy outing (.1 IP, 2H, 3 ER, 1BB) didn’t end up having any bearing on the outcome.
It’s hard to say if that game was tougher than last night’s. Mike Pelfrey threw 7 innings of 1 run ball but the offense couldn’t even match that run total as the Mets fell to the Nationals 1-0. They could only muster up 4 hits against scrap heap revival project Odalis Perez.
The team has 2 more games against the Nationals (tonight and tomorrow night). If their going to make a run they’re going to have to win them both. You can’t lose against last place teams and expect to win the division. And the Wild Card isn’t a given either with only a .5 game lead over the Brewers.