Just when you think the Mets turn the corner, they stub their toe.
After raving about their inspired play and fundamental execution the past few days, I should have known last night was coming. It was a virtual lock.
A real stinker on so many fronts.
R.A. Dickey can’t win at home and his disappointing season continued last night, and it began early. He also didn’t help himself with his defense. I like the intangibles Dickey brings and his heart, but realistically he’s a No. 5 starter at best. But, he’s ranked higher than that with the Mets, which tells you a lot about their rotation.
I like that Dickey is a stand-up guy, and he showed that again after the game.
“Just a real sloppy game for us, collectively,” Dickey said. “And I need to own up myself. I made a poor throw in the second that led to two runs and I had an opportunity to drive in a run with the bases loaded and nobody out and I didn’t get that done. So, look no further than this locker right here because I could have left that game very easily winning.”
Well, that might be a stretch considering the other meltdowns. When you get 15 hits and receive four walks, you must score more than five runs. Thirteen left on will cost you every time.
I don’t know what was worse, the Mets’ inability to hit in the clutch or Bobby Parnell, who was raked again last night. One game, he’s light out, and the next he’s lit up. So much is expected of him, but he’s not getting it done.
And, there was Ruben Tejada’s non-slide, which can’t be excused.
Even so, the Mets made a late surge, which means they didn’t lay down, and that’s been one of the positives about this team.
On the injury front, Angel Pagan left the game with back spasms, but said he hopes to play this afternoon. I wouldn’t count on it.