Opening weekend in MLB opened to much fanfare around the league, and of course the hullabaloo at CitiField was no exception. Complete with the flag, the anthem, the announcing of the lineups, the booing of Mike Pelfrey and Francisco Rodriguez (one is not deserving, the other sort of is). Moving right along, it slowly became biz as usual at CitiField shortly after, with R.A. Dickey doing his best Mike Pelfrey impression at the home opener (minus the hand-licking), Jason Bay still nowhere to be found, and of course the bullpen, with newest spare parts and all, doing it’s best impression of Mets BP years 2007-2010.
I guess it goes without saying that this first home weekend against the Washington Nationals was supposed to be a table setter. The Nats have their 7yr/$126mm man Jayson Werth (who only had ONE RBI so far coming into Citi on Friday) but seemingly no rhyme nor reason towards their line up, not to mention their only talented position player is Ryan Zimmerman. Hearing there was a Zim-less lineup on Sunday, easily the Mets should win two of three. I mean, it should have been a SWEEP, but I guess even knuckleballers have bad days.
Thus far on the season, Chris Young has looked nothing short of fantastic, holding his own against the Phillies last week in the ill-fated Cole Hamels start. He didn’t last long, but hey, the dude hasn’t pitched since 2009 and is coming off an injury. If anyone deserved a “bye,” it was him. Moving right along, the progress was continued on Sunday. Of course, this ties into the whole question of “How soon till Mets fans start questioning EVERY SINGLE MOVE Terry Collins makes in a game.” As a “for instance,” questions were raised (and rightfully so, in my opinion) about why, with the pitcher coming up to bat in the bottom of the 9th, wouldn’t he have pulled a double-switch after bringing K-Rod in a tie game in the 9th. But wait! That’s not all…
Chris Young left the game on Sunday with not only a lead, but pretty much putting the Nationals lineup in a kerfuffle (yes, I’ve been dying to use that word in a sentence – not sure if it makes sense, but deal with it). Anyway, it looked like he probably could have gone another inning. But then leave it to the bullpen to quickly allow the tying runs to pass through, complete with a muffed up play in RF by homegrown talent Lucas Duda (who was optioned back to the minors after the game today).
I guess that Young has fallen into the ranks of the likes of Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana where great starts are thrown into the wood chipper by the Mets bullpen. Nice to know that even though the year is different, the plot remains the same. Welcome to Flushing, Chris Young. Just wish the Mets had told you that great starts are typically wasted by the bullpen’s inability to hold down the fort.
I guess what I’m most upset about is missed opportunities. The team had a bizillion left-on-base opportunities on Friday, and on Sunday (outside of Jose Reyes, who is certainly playing for his contract this year), a day when Collins pulled his best impression of Willie Randolph benching Cliff Floyd by benching Carlos Beltran after a hot night at the plate, we couldn’t string a few more runs to beat the Washington F’ing Nationals.
I know, it’s April. Weird things happen in April. This is an opportunity to shut everyone up or just stifle the murmurs about how bad the Mets are. Now, they are just proving it. I hope they decide to show up against the Helton-less and Jiminez-less Colorado Rockies team.
Oh and another thing. I blame Jason Bay for me taking the field with Scott Hairston on Saturday.