Hooray! Last Place! (said sarcastically)
The New York Mets haven’t been in such a hurry to leave Florida since Spring Training in 1986. They were swept by the Marlins, losing the game Sunday 10-8. The losing streak is now five in a row and they may have to plug a second hole in the rotation. Oh yeah, they are also now in last place.
Jonathon Niese (1-2) left the game in the third inning as he re-injured his right hamstring. It was the same injury which required season-ending surgery last August. Now with Perez already exiled to the pen and Hisanori Takahashi (who was the most likely to take his spot) forced into emergency service, its clear that someone from Buffalo will be joining the Mets soon.
The Mets were never able to completely dig themselves out of any hole in the series. They led for a total of 1 inning the entire time in Florida. On Sunday it was 7-0 before the Mets scored three in the 6th and three more in the 7th to close the gap to 7-6. A pair of two-run doubles helped the Mets on their comeback, one by David Wright in the 6th and one by Alex Cora in the 7th.
That’s as close as they got. Fernando Nieve allowed a three-run homer to Chris Coghlan in the bottom of the 7th. It was 10-6 and though the Mets added a run in the 8th and 9th, they weren’t able to get any closer.
The lineup juggle worked again for the Mets as they pounded out 12 hits. Jason Bay was moved to third, Chris Carter batted cleanup (who was starting for the slumping Jeff Francoeur) and Angel Pagan hit 7th. Bay got two more hits and stretched his hitting streak to 10 games. Even Gary Matthews Jr had a pair of hits after taking over for Carter in the 7th, that alone is a miracle.
Like I said yesterday, there is a rosy glow on the horizon. I know its a tired phrase, but like every Mets fan, I subsist on hope.
Hope that they can turn it around. Hope that they can make something of this season. Hope that this season won’t end by the trading deadline.
The Mets now head to Atlanta for a pair of games looking up at the Braves who dismantled Arizona on Sunday to climb out of last. Or did the Mets dig themselves into last.
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