John Maine threw in the bullpen today Washington without difficulty, but there’s no word on when he’ll return. Or even if he’ll return. It’s clear, that for the time he missed, it is doubtful he’ll be able to return as a starter who could go long into a game during the playoffs.
I know he wants to pitch, but I’d be inclined to shut him down and forget the bullpen. He’s too important to risk further injury and it’s doubtful he can reasonably be expected to give the Mets anything substantial out of the bullpen.
And, with surgery a possibility, why take the chance?
So much for that 3 1/2-game lead the Mets had over the Phillies. Down to a scant game. It makes no difference the next four games are against the Washington Nationals. Since the Mets won’t have a starter going nine, the games are up for grabs.
Twenty-seven blown saves this year tells me there’s no comfort level and there are constant reminders of last year. Manager Jerry Manuel isn’t in denial.
“For us, coming down the stretch at this point, every loss is a reminder of last year,” Manuel said. “What we have to do is get through it. We have to win games to prevent that from being a subject matter. That’s the way it is. We have to deal with it.”
An hour-and-a-half isn’t that bad a wait before a game gets called, especially this late in the season. Nonetheless, there’s things teams do during rain delays that really hack me off.
First, there’s little communication, if any, about the weather and the possible length of the delay. Personally, I think after an hour you should be entitled to leave with a full refund.
Second, and this is really a pet peeve, is you should be entitled to a full parking refund. You paid to park to watch a game. You didn’t get the game. Since you wouldn’t have parked there without the promise of the game, you never would have been there.
It is shameful you don’t get your money back.
Last night’s tickets aren’t any good. You could attempt to trade them in, but there’s little availability. There probably won’t be much availability the rest of the season, either. Here’s where the Mets should step up and list a full account of what’s left and issuing refunds.
The Mets lost a coin flip today against Philadelphia. If the teams haven’t both clinched at least the wild card and tied for first at the end of 162 games, the one-game tiebreaker will be in Philly. If they’ve both clinched a playoff spot, the Mets would win the NL East because they took the season series.