Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Recap - Sort of

Sheesh. What does it take to get a win these days. I mean, maybe it’s not such a bad idea if Aaron Heilman would clean his gun already.

Monday night’s game was a complete debacle, to use the words of William Laird Cowher. Scary. Scary. Suddenly these Bucs playing the Metropolitans before a packed house at Shea were not the last place Pirates of Jim Tracy, but the old tyme, Big Red Machine-beating, We Are Family Pirates of Pops and Clemente and yellow hats and Jimmy Pol. Yikes, thought I, as another home run by Nate McLouth, yes, that Nate McLouth, flew over the centerfield fence.

Of course, there’s no reason to be pessimistic right now. But there are obvious concerns, such as a suddenly shaky bullpen and a rotation shrinking in depth by the day.

So let’s take the series from the Bucs tomorrow, and regroup during the All-Star break, which will essentially be the Mets against the American League.

BBPOTS PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jose Reyes


More like Alay So-long!

Well, I guess at this point in the season we can name two things the National League won't win this year: the All-Star Game and the World Series. The nicest thing that can be said about the National League's performance in interleague play this season is that they absolutely had their shit pushed in.

The Mets, the best team in the NL, lost 8 out of the 12 interleague games they played in the past two weeks. After playing .500 ball against the Orioles and Blue Jays they finished off by going 1-5 against The Red Sox and Yankees. I suppose it's fortunate they didn't have to play the AL Central, but that is just about the only positive that can be taken out of this experience.

Being the best team in an obviously weak National League might sound good, but that and three quarters doesn't add up to a dollar when it counts.

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