The Mets whining about the field last night might have been the turning point in the game. After Jose Reyes slipped leading off first, the Mets complained the field was too soggy and asked the umpires to have the grounds crew apply a drying agent.
REYES: Scoring in the first.
Reyes promptly stole second and scored, which turned out to be a big play as the Mets won by one run.
Although this worked out for the Mets, I don’t really like it. So the Braves watered down the infield to slow down Reyes. Get over it. It’s gamesmanship and teams have always tailored their field to their own advantage.
Wear the metal spikes Jose and move on. To complain makes the Mets look like whiners.
Teams have forever let the grass grow in the infield to slow down ground balls, sloped the baselines to help their bunters and watered down the infield to slow the opposition.
Ron Darling made an interesting comment when he said are they going to next make them cut the grass.
The Mets can leave Atlanta in a double-digit hole. Things are that bad for our heroes. Mike Pelfrey and a rag-tag line-up try to stop the bleeding.
Here’s the line-up:
Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Alex Cora, SS
Omir Santos, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP
Pelfrey (7-4, 4.47 ERA) is 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA lifetime against the Braves. Pelfrey is coming off a solid outing against Cincinnati in which he worked seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits.
Jair Jurrjens (7-7, 2.91 ERA) will start for Atlanta. He is 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA lifetime against the Mets.