I don’t think the 2008 Mets have ever been highlighted more appropriately than they did in San Diego this past weekend.
(Maybe I should reconsider using the word “highlight.”)
Let’s just hash out what is going on with the fourth-place, 30-32 Mets, shall we?
– The Mets just lost four in a row to a team that can barely keep its head above water. Three of the four games were 2-1 decisions against a bad Pads pitching staff.
– Aaron Heilman and Scott Schoeneweis were good during the series, but the normally reliable Pedro Feliciano and Billy Wagner were not.
– Ryan Church has brain damage. Most of it came from banging his head on the bench.
– The Mets currently have three poor hitting catchers on the 25-man roster, yet a first baseman who is tearing up the International League remains down on the farm.
– Carlos Beltran used to take any breaking pitch on the outside of the plate. Now he pulls them to second. Progress.
– The Mets are now closer to Washington than Philly in the standings.
– Incidentally, when Abraham Nunez popped out on his pinch hitting attempt yesterday, it reminded all of us that there’s nothing worse than employing Philly’s leftovers.
– Check that — when Tony Clark unloaded his shot over the center field fence, it reminded all of us that there’s really nothing worse than losing to Mets’ leftovers.
– Pedro Martinez looked about as good as we can expect yesterday, which is half as good as he was when he came here, and a mere fraction of the pitcher he once was. When asked about the performance, Pedro used a Willie quote and said, “…I battled…” It’s over for him, folks.
– Incidentally, if you’re on the mound with the bases loaded, isn’t “Don’t balk, dumbass!” like the biggest thing on your mind?
– Carlos Delgado is finally hitting. But it apparently was too much to ask for anyone to drive him home.
– Up next? The D’Backs. Joy.
Pardon me while I drink heavily.