New York Mets still can't get over that hump, or pitching efficiently for an ENTIRE game.
Coming of a demolishing loss to the hated Yankees, Mets wanted to put that all behind them by facing yet another AL East resident, the Baltimore Orioles.
In the first game of three game series, Mets beat the Orioles 6-4. Although K-rod looked pretty shaky, he got the save here and secured the Mets win.
After that, everything appeared to go backwards for the Metropolitans.
Mets lost against the Orioles the following night with an impotent offense. If their offense isn't the problem, then it’s their bullpen. That’s been the pattern for the last couple of weeks.
Last night the Mets had offense, just no bullpen. Thanks to K-Rod’s second blown save of the season, Mets added another loss to the stat sheets. Closer Francisco Rodriguez almost blew the save Tuesday, but yesterday actually committing the mortal sin of giving up your teams hard earned lead. This loss hurts, especially considering the Mets’ lack of offensive prowess.
Don’t worry there’s always silver lining, due to his consistency at the mound, pitcher Livan Hernandez is emerging as the Mets’ third most reliable starter after Santana and Pelffrey, throwing seven innings and giving up two runs in a loss that should of easily been a win.
AS if they couldn’t get enough of the AL East, Mets play the AL Champions Tampa Bay Rays. This series is loaded up to be a tough one for the Mets. If their pitching lasts and offense exists, Mets might have the tools to capture a few wins against the Rays. This is the type of series that can ultimately catapult the Mets into a win streak, and raise the morale of this wounded ball club.
Tonight for an encore performance, Pitcher Fernando Nieve will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 7 p.m.