|Jose Reyes of the New York Mets reacted after an error against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Friday night. (NYTimes.com)|
Jon Niese pitched 7 2/3 solid innings, but once again the bullpen couldn't hold the win down, and the Mets let another win slip away, this time 6-3 to the Braves.
The Bad Stuff:
- See Games 50, 51, 54, 55.
- Again, see Games 50, 51, 54, 55.
Same old song and dance. This time, the Mets set a major-league record for futility: tonight was their sixth straight home loss when leading in the 7th inning or later. Yeah. That's right.
Hard to work with a two-game sample, but it looks like the post-Terry Collins explosion inspirational turnaround was over after yesterday. He said things have to change? I've got some suggestions:
- Get Jason Bay out of the 4-spot. He went 0-3 and struck out in the 8th inning (it's really bad that I called it). He's had 3 extra-base hits and 7 RBIs in the past 33 games. And he's still batting cleanup?!?! Open your eyes, Terry! This is too huge a hole to ignore!
- Let your starters finish what they've started. You had Jon Niese pitching like a man on fire, and a batter (Dan Uggla) hitting under Mendoza. Yes, he's a righty to Niese's lefty, so you bring in 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen for his 7th appearance in 9 games. He walks the guy, which leads to a tie ballgame. If your starter is still hot, let him get the last guy! It was Niese's game to win, so let him win it.