Did you notice how when Terry Collins pulled Mike Pelfrey last night that he never spoke with his pitcher. In fact, he stood a few feet away.
PELFREY: Another rough night.
It’s hard to picture a more glaring display of disgust. Reminds me of how Pelfrey turned his back on Jerry Manuel last season. What goes around, comes around, I guess.
Collins’ words later, complete with a glazed over look in his eyes, of things getting better rang hollow, pretty much like his team’s peformance.
Two doubleheader losses in three days will do it for a manager.
After sleeping on it, I still can’t figure out what Daniel Murphy was thinking as he took off for third base. It’s one thing to try to make things happen. It’s another to not have a clue.
The Mets try to avoid their eighth straight loss this afternoon and pull out of the third worst start in franchise history. To give you an idea of how dismal things are, only the 1962 and 1964 teams began their schedules with more futility.
It begins with pitching and Pelfrey has done nothing to fortify his supposed role as ace. After four starts, his ERA stands at a robust 9.72. Pelfrey said must get better, which is a pretty generous assessment.
Overall, Mets’ starters have a 6.29 ERA and averaging 5.1 innings a start, which of course, won’t get it done. During the losing streak the staff ERA is 5.86, while the offense is averaging just over three runs a game while hitting .213.
Today’s hope is Dillon Gee, who’ll replace Chris Young, who was placed on the DL with biceps tendinitis.
Here’s this afternoon’s lineup at Atlanta:
Jose Reyes, SS
Josh Thole, C
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Willie Harris, LF
Brad Emaus, 2B
Dillon Gee, RP
LINEUP COMMENTS: Interesting to see Thole elevated to second. Theoretically, Thole’s bat control and command of the strikezone should help Jose Reyes, while it is hoped by dropping Pagan will add punch to the middle of the order. The Mets are at the position where it doesn’t hurt to try.