The injury toll on the Mets never looked so bad like it did the past few days.
Just about everything went wrong for the Mets. From pitching to hitting, neither was good enough to overcome the Yankees this weekend nor the Brewers yesterday.
In the first game of the series against the Yanks at Citi Field, C.C. Sabathia outplayed Mike Pelfrey and made the Mets’ offense nonexistent. Pelfrey didn’t have much help to his part either, when the Mets’ infield rendered three errors in the second inning that eventually produced four runs for the Yankees. Mets lose 9-1.
The second game wasn’t any better. Pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched lights out and surrendered only one hit. Tim Redding matched A.J. Burnett as best he could, throwing admirably for six innings before blowing the game open and giving the Yankees the second victory in the series.
Losing the first two games, Mets sent Livan Hernandez to salvage whatever was left in the Subway Series. However his letdown in the first inning, proved to be the deciding factor in another Mets loss. Yankee great Mariano Rivera took another step closer to his Hall of Fame career by collecting his 500th save.
Throughout this series, the Mets made it seem that the Yankees were on another level that they simply couldn’t compete with. Even with all the injuries, the Mets for the most part held together for recent weeks. But the team could only hold it for so long. Role players are role players, they can only play at high level for while. This leads to next statement. The absence of Carlos Beltran probably hurt them more then any Met on the disabled list. The Mets desperately need Omar Minaya to make some trades; the team needs an influx of bats. Is that too much to ask? Yankees showed how powerful they can be when they use their money, Mets should use theirs.
The game yesterday against Milwaukee didn’t make things better for the Mets.
Fernando Nieve appeared human yesterday, getting picked apart by the Brewers and losing for the first time this season. Milwaukee manufactured 11 hits on the man, who before this loss was the only undefeated pitcher for the Mets.
Hopefully, our Ace Johan Santana gives us some relief tonight against the Brewers.