By Mike Steffanos
Orioles 4 - Mets 2
This one hurt tonight. I never liked the Benson trade that much, and seeing him get his eighth win for a bad team was almost as annoying as the fact that he did it against us. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I think Benson is an all-star, he's a solid number three starter that the team could use right now. If John Maine doesn't develop into a decent starter, that trade is going to look just plain dumb.
Lastings Milledge and Carlos Delgado brought their bats to the game last night, no one else really did. The Mets were a little sloppy again at times, and the momentum of that great road trip is now a thing of the past. It will be interesting to see how the Mets and Tom Glavine react to the possibility of being swept at home by a bad road team tomorrow. I'm sure most fans would join me in the hope of some type of forceful response.
As for Pedro, it's obvious that he doesn't have the control back that he had when he was pitching well. You don't get that feeling that you're going to see something special when he starts a game lately, although I don't feel that this is anything more than just a normal bump in the road for a very good pitcher.
I think this is a game just to let go of -- a wakeup call for the team that you have to play well to win games, no matter what the competition. Kris and Anna will now ride off into a narcissistic sunset and out of the thoughts of Mets fans, and we'll hope for better things tomorrow. Then again, Glavine hasn't been pitching all that well lately, either, has he?