Here’s today’s batting order against the Giants at Citi Field, assuming they get the game in:
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Lucas Duda – RF
Ike Davis – 1B
Josh Thole – C
Ruben Tejada – SS
Mike Baxter – LF
Dillon Gee – RHP
Sorry for the late post this morning. Also sorry for writing positive about the Mets the past few days. Here I go, write about how they could be for real and how steady R.A. Dickey has been and they get routed by the Braves.
OUCH: Kirk Nieuwenhuis watches HR ball in second.
Serves me right.
It’s funny how quickly trends develop. They were pitching great and starting to hit, then all of a sudden they give up 31 runs in four games. Both Johan Santana and Dickey, who had been great out of the gate, were ripped.
The Mets are coming off the worst game they’ve played all year and it’s good for them to have the day off to think about what happened. They’ll need the time to regroup in time to face San Francisco, which will throw four strong pitchers at them this weekend at Citi Field.
The Mets were fun to watch the first week or so, but have been brutal in three of the past four games. It’s a long season, but things can get away quickly, especially for a team as thin as the Mets. Right now, I’m not buying into this “it’s early” stuff. This weekend is important for the Mets to stabilize themselves and get moving again.
Even a split is acceptable because it would mean playing even with one of the best teams in the league. Anything less and things could get away.
MiA;ke Pelfrey was right when he said if you were told on Friday the Mets would take two of three in Philly that you’d take it. In a heart beat. But, after winning the first two one tends to get greedy.
Pelfrey was much better, giving up a run in six innings. Yesterday, the bullpen that had been so good imploded after a Ruben Tejada error. These things happen, but when a team holds a lead late in the game for a chance to sweep it must go for the throat. That’s what winning teams do.
We’re ten games into the season, way too soon to draw any conclusions, but the first impression has been a good one. April is a brutal schedule and quite honestly, I didn’t think the Mets would win more than 10 games. They are almost there now so maybe this won’t be the Titanic of a season most people thought.
The Mets are in Atlanta tonight to start a three-game series, and the Braves are much better now than the team that limped out of Citi Field. Chipper Jones is back for one thing.
This is the beauty of a baseball season. There are highs and lows. The Phillies have struggled, but they’ll get hot. The Dodgers are sizzling, but will eventually cool.
So far, what I wanted most for the Mets has happened, which is to pitch well and play consistently. A winning season is about taking small steps. Win two off three. Stay over .500. Get to five games over. Then ten.
Then who knows what could happen?
Every team has its hard luck pitchers and last year R.A. Dickey fell into that category in several respect with the Mets.
DICKEY: Needs to get off to fast start.
Today’s starter against the Braves held them to a .190 average in four starts last season, but only managed to win of them. Dickey also pitched to a 3.51 ERA in the vast confines of Citi Field, but was only 2-9. He deserved better.
Dickey got off to a slow start last year, but finished strong with a 2.69 ERA over his final 24 starts. He will start this afternoon against Atlanta.
“I’ve been looking forward to it,’’ Dickey told reporters on Opening Day. “I’ve felt like I had a good spring, really gotten better, and you’re always excited to get it in there when it counts for real. We’ve certainly put in a lot of hard work, so we’ll see where that hard work takes us.’’
Once he gets into his groove, and it takes some time because his knuckler has trouble in the cold and flattens out, Dickey has proven to be one of the Mets most reliable starters.
The expectations for this year’s Mets are low and April represents an unusually difficult schedule that includes two series against their traditional nemesis in the Braves. However, the Braves are without Chipper Jones at the start and did not play well during spring training. They are vulnerable now and this Mets have an opportunity to capitalize.
Some teams can overdo their Opening Day ceremonies. Last night, for example, the Marlins went overboard. And, what was that monstrosity in their outfield? Looks like a giant fruit basket with flying fish.
Anyway, today was nothing like that at Citi Field.
They could have gone overboard on Gary Carter, but opted for tasteful. The Kid logo on the outfield, I don’t quite understand. Is it for this year only or forever? If forever, are they going to do that with every player who passes? Seaver, Straw, Doc or Keith? Just wondering.
There’s no doubt Carter was a great player, a Hall of Famer, but most of his numbers were compiled as an Expo, despite how we remember his days with the Mets. That’s one of the reasons why his number wasn’t retired.
Despite the long and uneventful – at least in terms of player acquisitions – I am hopeful for an exciting season.