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April 7, 2010
Bad starting pitching? Check. Bad bullpen performance by anyone not named Feliciano or K-Rod? Check. Horrible baserunning blunder? Check. Bad managerial decision? Check.
Now that Johan Santana’s opening day start is in the rear-view mirror, this combination of events is certainly troubling to witness. After all, this was a game that the Florida Marlins were desperately trying to give away. On a positive note, you have to give the Met hitters some credit for hanging in there against the Marlins untalented group of relievers. However, on a night where the Met bats were a little sleepy, it takes more than quality at-bats that create walks to actually win a game.
John Maine was very unimpressive in his first start of the season, as his fastball rarely broke the 90 mph mark. This is awfully disturbing for a guy who has been injured for two seasons. Jerry Manuel stated that we need to “throw this start away” due to the fact that it was Maine’s first start coming out of spring training. We’ll see, but excuse me if I have my concerns.
We all know that the bullpen is going to be a mess this season, as the Mets will bounce back and forth between unproven and untalented relievers trying to find a diamond in the rough. If the Mets can not capitalize and win a game while Pedro Feliciano or Francisco Rodriguez are still in the game, we surely will see plenty more of what we saw tonight.
Fernando Tatis’ decision to break home on a wild pitch with limited real estate behind home plate, and late in a close game, is inexcusible. This play just made us feel like 2009 never ended, as baserunning gaffes were the norm last season.
Lastly, how could Jerry Manuel take the bat out of Jason Bay’s hands by having Wright steal second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning? His answer was, “We have good hitters behind Bay in Gary Matthews.” This was followed up by the same reporter with the question of, “Why then is Jason Bay being paid sixty plus million to be here? Wasn’t it to have him hit in these situations?” Right on Mr. reporter, whoever you are. Jerry just deflected this comment with the same nonsense that he originally stated, perhaps truly believing that Matthews is in the same league as Bay when it comes to hitting a baseball.
Ahh, welcome to 2010 Met fans. Are you ready for more?