I was down Monday with server issues, which I hope have been resolved. Many thanks to Joe D. from Metsmerized for his help and patience.
MAINE: Thrown under the bus.
Two items occurred that I haven’t had the opportunity to comment on: John Maine and Jenrry Mejia.
The one on Maine is especially disturbing because it shows and ugly side of Jerry Manuel. His comment about pitching Maine “on the off days,’’ was for a cheap laugh, which he got. But, how he threw Maine under the bus like that has to send a message to other players when dealing with their injuries.
Maybe Maine is done with the Mets, but he’s still here and working hard to get back. He deserves his manager’s respect.
If I’m a player and working hard to get back, I don’t like the manager taking a cheap shot at me for his benefit.
The World Series started with classic hopes. Both teams made destiny arguments with their grit persona that suggested we could have a Series for the ages. We still could, but the Rays have to beat Cole Hamels tonight and take it to Game 7 back in Tampa.
Let’s face it, the odds are long.
The last two games remind us how fragile things could be. Game 3 is the turning point of the Series, but the Phillies scored in the first and ninth innings with the benefit of a wild pitch putting the runner in scoring position.
A lot has happened to the Rays, but mostly their offense has disappeared since the end of Game 5 of the ALCS with Boston.
I’ll be blogging Game 5 with the hope it is compelling enough to where I won’t switch over to watch Peyton Manning. Join me tonight at 8.-JD