I’m asking your confidence level in a new poll on the Mets being able to make a deal for an elite starter.
The replays didn’t show whether, or where, Mike Pelfrey’s errant fastball clipped Scott Rolen, but how the Mets’ pitcher responded to not getting that call, and not getting a later call on a strike to Drew Stubbs was the backdrop of Cincinnati’s six-run fifth inning and subsequently last night’s loss to the Reds.
Pelfrey didn’t lose last night because he didn’t get a couple of calls. He lost because of his reaction to not getting those calls.
Whereas Pelfrey had been composed most of this season, he became flustered and unnerved. Whereas he had minimized damage he dug himself into a hole the Mets could not dig out of. His body language spoke of frustration and anger.
Pelfrey couldn’t stop the bleeding. He didn’t do his job, which, is when things go awry to remember he still needs to get outs.
“I thought, for the first time in over a year, I let my emotions get the best of me,’’ Pelfrey said. “And, that wasn’t very good on my part.’’
Let’s face it, if you were promised ten games over .500 and second place by two games at the start of the season you would have taken it and not looked back.
Yet, that’s where the Mets are despite a handful of negatives, which, if turned around in the second half should have them in contention down the stretch.
First, the Mets have been without Carlos Beltran for the entire first half and are expected to have him back after the All-Star break.
I wasn’t thrilled to hear Jerry Manuel say he was hoping to have Jose Reyes back by Tuesday so he could bat right handed against Reds lefty Travis Wood.
There was such indecisiveness in the statement, in that it implies Reyes be available from one side of the plate but not another. That’s another way of rushing him back, which only means he’s not ready.
Personally, if Reyes isn’t ready by Tuesday, I’d be more inclined to back date him on the DL and give him this week and the All-Star break to get ready for the second half.
You don’t want Reyes available for one side of the plate and not the other. Pushing him into that scenario is a prelude for re-injury.
Ten walk-off losses for a season sounds high, let alone 10 for the first half. That’s the number after Frankie Rodriguez’s latest meltdown yesterday.
“The worst performance I ever had in my life,’’ he called yesterday afternoon’s ninth inning, which for all practical purposes was over before Adam Dunn’s game-tying drive off the wall.
Walking Cristian Guzman on four pitches to open the ninth was as bad a sign as there is.
Rodriguez’s implosion made Stephen Strasburg a footnote and threw away what would have been RA Dickey’s seventh win.
Ten walk-off losses out of 36 is way to high a percentage and is something the Mets must address immediately. For all the talk about the eighth inning, a band-aid needed to be put on the ninth, too.
“We have our issues,’’ manager Jerry Manuel said. “We can’t have an issue at the end of the game.’’
But, they do.
While the Mets’ bullpen is an issue heading into the break, so to is Jose Reyes’ health. Reyes, who has a strained right oblique, won’t play again today at Washington and is now questionable for the Reds series starting tomorrow at Citi Field.