After another successful homestand – and it doesn’t get much better than a shutout sweep of the Phillies – the Mets hit the road to Milwaukee and San Diego.
Bizarre scheduling, yes, but nonetheless another obstacle for the Mets and challenge for manager Jerry Manuel. The whispers have eased about his job, but if they continue to stumble away from Citi Field could easily resurface.
This trip is one letter away from a trap, in that the Mets must guard against the inevitable letdown after beating the Yankees and Phillies. Milwaukee has the worst home record, but hasn’t always been an easy place to play for the Mets and the Padres have a good team.
The Mets are bearing down on the Phillies for the NL East lead, but they are still only a few games over .500 and have shown little ability thus far at winning on the road.
A baseball season is long and arduous. It is about sustaining power and that’s something we haven’t yet seen this year.
What’s the first thing somebody usually does when caught doing something wrong? That’s right, he tries to shift the attention to somebody else.
That’s exactly what Phillies manager Charlie Manuel did after his team was caught stealing signs in Colorado when he said, “somebody maybe ought to check the Mets if they did that.’’
The Mets? You mean the same team that was pummeled twice in Philadelphia recently and lost seven of nine games there last season?
Yes, those Mets.
“Their [bleeping] home record is out of this world and they’re losing on the road,’’ Manuel said. “Sometimes that’s a good indicator of getting signs. … That kind of crosses my mind. I’m not accusing them, but you look at that. … We’re about the same home and road. I’m just saying their record is much better at home and they hit better.’’
What Manuel didn’t say, but you know he’s thinking, is the Mets are in his head. If Manuel weren’t concerned about the Mets he wouldn’t have said anything. He’s just trying to deflect attention from him and rattle a few cages at Citi Field.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel, who doesn’t seem to be rattled by anything, said: “Tell Charlie our bullpen is a little far and we have a few other things going on.’’
Yes, this will be a nice little race before it is over.
Tonight’s game with the Dodgers has been rained out and will be made up tomorrow as part of a single-admission double header, starting at 4 p.m. Johan Santana goes in the first game and Oliver Perez in the second.
Fans MUST exchange tonight’s tickets at Citi Field for admission tomorrow. They can also exchange them for any future game depending on availability.