Can Someone Please Tell The Umps That The New York Mets Do Not Need Help Losing?
All throughout the second half of the MLB season, the New York Mets have shown no difficulty losing games by their own power. Now, on September 3rd, Labor Day, the Mets have begun climbing their way back to respectability from the laughing stock that they were becoming. Then came umpire Dave Rackley, and a blatantly blown appeal at first base that prevented the Mets from making another comeback, this time at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals. Take a look for yourself and it is clear that Andres Torres touched first as he rounded to second while Rackley eyed the turn the whole way:
Collin McHugh only lasted four innings while giving up four runs, which was a stark awakening from his first start against the Colorado Rockies when he pitched seven scoreless. The Mets offense did not get going until the seventh inning when Kelly Shoppach hit his eighth home run, this time a two-run shot. Then Daniel Murphy hit a two-run shot in the eighth to bring the deficit to within one run.
The Mets have been winners of three straight and seven of the past eight, and there was no way to know if they were actually going to get the clutch hit they would’ve needed to win this game. However, when you take a leadoff double off the board in the ninth, you eliminate all possibility of a rally. The Mets have always been their worst enemy, and hopefully this will not deter them from continuing their recent winning.
Mets Notes: Shoppach has been making a very good case for himself being the starting catcher in 2013. He now has 8HRs and 26RBIs with the Mets in a short stint since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox.
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