Mike Hessman replaces Ike Davis at first base, meaning Davis has sat in two of the last three games. Davis is the future of this team and I want to see him out there; I want to see him get opportunities against left-handed pitching.
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Mike Hessman, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Henry Blanco, C
Ruben Tejada, 2B
R.A. Dickey, RP
Take a good look at that lineup. The five through nine hitters strike little fear among pitchers. Looks like another low scoring night.
Here it is, the Mets’ last stand for 2010. Either they show some life and take care of business in Philadelphia or they can say goodbye for the summer. An awful lot of things have to happen for the Mets to make the playoffs, but the bottom line is they have to win two of every three down the stretch to have a chance.
That’s .666 baseball. The devil you say.
That’s a tall order for a .500 team, and one that has shown little sign of life for over a month now. One that hasn’t won two straight games since late June. Mathematics say the team is alive; mathematics also say the odds are getting longer and longer.
On a side note, the Chat Room is open but I had to go to Ohio to visit family this weekend. I set it up so the Chat Room will be open but I won’t be able to monitor the games.
The talk prior to the game was how the Mets could ride the momentum behind Jeff Francoeur’s game-winner the night before if Mike Pelfrey would step up.
PELFREY: No positive signs.
Jerry Manuel said he would stress upon Pelfrey the importance of the game – as if he didn’t already know – and the pitcher spoke about snapping out of his funk.
In the end, that’s all it was. Talk.
Pelfrey spit the bit last night in arguably one of the most important starts of his career.
“The team needed me to step up and be a lot better than I have been,’’ Pelfrey said. “I take full responsibility for tonight.’’
Actually, there was plenty of responsibility to go around as Pelfrey complemented perfectly the Mets’ total breakdown. Four errors, three in one nightmarish sixth inning, and a sluggish offense was how the Mets responded to their most important game of the season.
Today, the Mets could have been showing signs of life only 5 1/2 games out of first. Instead, they are 7 1/2 back and floundering as they head into Philadelphia. The Phillies won’t have Ryan Howard or Chase Utley, but does anybody really think that will make a difference this weekend?
If there is such a thing as flipping a switch for a team, the Mets will have to do it now. After starting their second half collapse by losing 12 of 17 since the All-Star break, they’ll have to turn it around now.
Out of 162 games, the season will boil down to six games for the Mets. Three in Atlanta starting tonight, then three in Philadelphia over the weekend against the Phillies. For a team that has been horrid all season on the road, they pretty much have to run the table to make any kind of dent.
If they win two of three, they’ll only pick up one game, so what good is that?
Whatever pride this team has left, they’d better find it now if they have any hope of playing meaningful baseball in September.
The confidence level in this team has to be high tonight because of Johan Santana, but overall, considering how they mailed it in yesterday in being mauled by Arizona it’s low. With all that is on the line for the Mets, to come up with such a showing is shameful.
How does a team that says it is a contender only win one of six games against a team like the Diamondbacks? Shameful. It inspires no confidence for this week.