Have the Mets largely overachieved until this point and what we saw against the Yankees is what this team really is? Or was this another bump in the road that will define this team’s resourcefulness to bounce back after adversity?
We’ll keep this one short as the dust is still settling. I am trying to find the positives, really am, but right now this is still too fresh in the head. The anger is too strong and bubbling.
Talk about imploding at the worse time.
We knew the Yankees could hit home runs and we knew about their pee-wee field dimensions. That’s not what killed the Mets this weekend.
The Mets were exposed in many ways. The fielding was absolutely terrible at the absolute worse times, when it mattered most. You just cannot give the Yankees extra outs, especially late in close games when one swing of the bat changes the game as we clearly saw this weekend. Mets are not in position to absorb costly errors. These errors have had direct impact on the recent string of losses, and this extends to losses beyond the Yankee series.
“We’ve talked about this time and again: we aren’t the kind of club that can make a lot of mistakes,” said Manager Terry Collins, whose Mets lost two error-strewn games to the Washington Nationals last week. “When you give teams as good as the New York Yankees, or anyone else in the big leagues, multiple-out innings, they’re going to get you.”
And how about the Mets inability to pounce when a team is down? Mets had many opportunities where they could not cash in. When you have a team on its heels as in the second inning Sunday afternoon after rallying for 3-runs against Andy Petite and in position for much more, you need to strike. There is absolutely no excuse not to cash in more runs with bases loaded and one out. Is a pop fly for a sacrifice too much to ask? Instead we get 2 strike outs, inning over, but more importantly keep the Yankees in the game.
This team cannot survive with automatic outs in the middle of the lineup. I love Ike Davis, but enough is enough, sending him down for a minor league stint is well past due. Jason Bay, is he still looking for his first hit upon returning to the line up? Right.
I don’t even want to get into the bullpen, they continued to give Mets fans ulcers as they had been doing all season, this series was no different. It now seems that the bullpen giving up at least a run in every game is becoming the norm no matter what the situation.
Many analysts including ourselves have been saying that June will be a defining moment for the Mets and approaching the mid June it’s been nothing ut a failure. Unless they can find a way to turn this around quickly, they may find themselves ten games out by July.
Simple as that.
True to Form, Mets Are Sloppy and Yankees Need a Homer [New York Times]