One of the things I hate about the Mets playing on the west coast is that the games start too late for me to watch any appreciable amount of the game. From what I’ve read about last night’s game there wasn’t very much for Mets fans to appreciate. Let me count the ways:
- The Mets got 11 hits but scored only 2 runs.
- The Dodgers won the game on an unearned run in the 11th inning after errors by Carlos Beltran and Jeremy Reed.
- The Mets had a total of 5 errors in the game.
- Ryan Church was called out after the Dodgers appealed the potential winning run he scored. Apparently Church didn’t touch third base.
All this after learning that Carlos Delgado is out indefinitely after deciding tol have surgery on the bone spur and a torn labrum in his hip and Jose Reyes was placed on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
The Mets were built for many things in recent years but they were not built with depth. They do not have an experienced (or even qualified minor league) first baseman to take over for Delgado. Nor do they have any prospect to replace his production in the middle of the order. Gary Sheffield has been hitting very well lately in the cleanup spot but has not been hitting with power.
This team is going to have to find another solution to see them through this crisis. Whether that means a change in offensive strategy (playing small ball as a team) or acquiring a player or two to bridge them until Delgado’s return and provide depth after that. The right solution probably involves both of these possibilities.