By Mike Steffanos
Braves 5 - Mets 3
Braves 3 - Mets 2
First of all, sorry for not posting this weekend. Lisa and I were working at the new house Saturday, and Lisa managed to fall off the front porch while carrying out a large piece of the vintage 1970s paneling we were removing from the place. She thought that she broke her ankle, but it turned out to be a severe sprain -- a fact determined after a ridiculous 4 hours in the local hospital's emergency room.
I'm somewhat upset at her for stealing my thunder. As the man, I felt it was my right to be the one to accidentally remove a vital body part or make some other such Al Bundyish blunder. Oh, well.
I missed most of Saturday's game in what Waterbury Hospital ironically named their "Prompt Care Unit", but was able to watch the "highlights" later that night. I did watch almost all of yesterday's game in between waiting on my injured honey. My thoughts were simply that the Mets dropped a pair of winnable games to the Braves this weekend due to the most basic of sports shortcomings, a failure to make plays.
On Saturday, it was about defensive breakdown. Yesterday it was about a lack of good at bats in key situations. The pitching has been all we could have hoped for, even if a couple of bad pitches did in Heilman yesterday afternoon. Scott Schoeneweis has not been impressive so far, but everyone else has.
A friend of mine who is not a Mets fan wanted to know if I felt the Mets missed an opportunity to "send a message" to the Braves this weekend. I'm not a believer in that; to me messages are for voice mail. Good teams find a way to pull out winnable games, and the Mets didn't this weekend. I think their offense, despite some decent efforts, has not been what it needs to be so far this season. Too inconsistent, but then again, it's April folks.
All I take from this weekend is that the Mets need to pick it up a notch, and I think they realize that, too. Anyway, the home opener is minutes away from starting. Time to turn the page.