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And a Fat Man Shall Beat Them

Mike SteffanosTuesday, July 17, 2007
By Mike Steffanos

Padres 5 - Mets 1
Played Monday, July 16, 2007

I've been writing about games like this for much of the last six weeks, and frankly I feel like I'm writing the same story over and over. The way the Mets keep losing these drearily similar games has been compared by others to the movie Groundhog Day. That seems especially appropriate, in that while watching the game I find myself experiencing emotions very much like the resigned disappointment Bill Murray's character experience upon waking every morning to the strains of Sonny and Cher and realizing it's happening all over again. For a break, let's try to find some things that went right instead of rehashing the familiar things that went wrong.

Jorge Sosa returned from the DL, and although he had some difficulty keeping his pitches down, gave the Mets a strong six innings, for which he was rewarded with an "L". But I digress. Sosa looked pretty good despite the fact that his hammy was obviously not 100%. He was also the hitting star of the game for the Mets. Out of 9 Mets hits, he had the one extra base hit -- a third inning double.

Jorge Sosa (7-4)
Season (12 Games)70.1323060422563.841.218-4

View Jorge Sosa's Full Season Stats

It's harder to find something positive to say about the offense. I guess you could say that if this was a couple of weeks ago, 95 pitches might have earned the morbidly obese, ancient left-handed sack of dung who pitched against them a complete game victory. The at bats were much better, but the ultimate results were the same. Failure to hit with runners in scoring position was once again telling.

The bad and ugly featured running themselves into a couple of outs on the bases and some sloppy defensive play. Valentin and Pedro Feliciano committed charged errors, but Lastings Milledge had a couple of shaky plays involving throws that weren't charged. The bullpen, which has been great, simply wasn't last night.

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