The Mets whining about the field last night might have been the turning point in the game. After Jose Reyes slipped leading off first, the Mets complained the field was too soggy and asked the umpires to have the grounds crew apply a drying agent.
Reyes promptly stole second and scored, which turned out to be a big play as the Mets won by one run.
Although this worked out for the Mets, I don’t really like it. So the Braves watered down the infield to slow down Reyes. Get over it. It’s gamesmanship and teams have always tailored their field to their own advantage.
Wear the metal spikes Jose and move on. To complain makes the Mets look like whiners.
Ron Darling made an interesting comment when he said are they going to next make them cut the grass.
Another thing I took out of last night’s game was the continued stellar pitching of Jon Niese and the starting rotation. Last night he didn’t walk a hitter, and is 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA over his last six starts.
Niese is pitching with poise and confidence, and is able to throw what he wants, where he wants and when he wants.
As confident as Niese is, Jason Bay is the opposite and I continue to wonder why Terry Collins won’t give him a shot hitting second behind the blistering Reyes. Collins raised the idea several weeks ago, suggesting seeing more fastballs might help Bay, but hasn’t moved on it since.
The only way for Bay to break out of this is for him to play. Playing Willie Harris last night was understandable because of his numbers against Jair Jurrjens, but Bay has to get back in there.
Bay can’t be traded and won’t be demoted, and dropping him in the order hasn’t helped. Batting him second needs to be explored.