OK, the Mets lost last night in a game they could have won. In the grand scheme of things, it’s still a loss, but as the game progressed there was a different feeling than most times this young season. That’s because Oliver Perez was pitching well, giving the Mets two strong-pitched games in a row.
There’s a different feel defensively when a team gets a well-pitched game, and the Mets were indeed crisp in the field.
Today it’s Johan Santana, who always gives the Mets a chance to win, even when the offense takes a pass as it has most games already this season.
It’s the same story with the Mets offense, which is to say they aren’t hitting with runners in scoring position. Chris Carpenter pitched a good game last night, but still the Mets had a chance to put the game away before it was turned over to the bullpen.
The Mets are on national TV this afternoon. I hope you tune in and also drop by here with your thoughts.
Seventeen games remain on the Mets’ schedule. Yes, we’re at the same point when they started to make history last year. Up seven games with 17 remaining, the Mets went into a free fall and kicked away the National League East, losing on the season’s final day when Tom Glavine couldn’t get out of the first inning.
“I don’t think anybody is thinking about last year,’’ David Wright said. “When you go through what we went through last year you learn from it.’’
The Mets’ pitching makes them vulnerable, but they don’t seem to fall into those funks where they lose focus and go through the motions as they did last September.
“We think we are as good as anybody,” Carlos Delgado said. “We think we are the team to beat. We think what happened last year is not going to happen again, and we’re very confident that we can get this done. It’s definitely a different atmosphere here, a different feeling than it was last year.”