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The Nationals Series

Mike SteffanosTuesday, July 31, 2007
By Mike Steffanos


Nationals 6 - Mets 2
Mets 3 - Nationals 1
Nationals 6 - Mets 5
Mets 5 - Nationals 0

Played Friday, July 27 - Sunday, July 29, 2007

I've taken a lot of criticism from some of the readers of this site over voicing my concerns about the Mets this season. I think if you read what I've written rather than just jumping to conclusions I've been fair but honest as to what I have said here. I will continue to express my views as honestly as possible. While I appreciate the views of all of you who have taken the time to share them with me, if you can't disagree with me without making it personal, you're welcome to move on to another web site. Debate is fine, venting your frustrations with anything to do with the Mets is also welcome, but I refuse to even respond to personal attacks from this point forward, whether via comment or e-mail. Thanks for understanding.

I'll catch up on the games I missed and will be back with normal posts tomorrow.

In game 1 of the series, Jorge Sosa continued to revert back to the struggling pitcher he has been most of his career. When Sosa doesn't have his best slider, he lacks the weapons to beat most major league lineups. I'd like to see them move him to the bullpen and see if he can help them there.

View Jorge Sosa's Full Season Stats

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In the first game of Saturday's Day/Night doubleheader, Orlando Hernandez pitched another gem for the club. He kept them in the game while they struggled to figure out Tim Redding, and thankfully the Mets were able to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to give him a much-deserved win.

View Orlando Hernandez' Full Season Stats

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Mike Pelfrey kept the Mets in the game in the nightcap, but once again fell victim to one bad inning. Meanwhile, the Mets were making Joel Hanrahan look like Tom Seaver. Finally, a huge 3-run homer by Delgado tied the game and got Pelfrey off the hook. Give the Mets credit for fighting back again when Feliciano stumbled in the eighth, but the eventual loss of this game meant they had lost 3 of their last 4 games against the Pirates and Nats -- and that's not going to get it done in the very competitive NL east.

View Mike Pelfrey's Full Season Stats

Box Score

The Mets were able to salvage a split of the series on Sunday when Maine dominated the Nationals for 5 innings and Mother Nature did the rest. They had a nice game offensively against Billy Traber, and after jumping out to a 5-0 lead, the only real suspense left was whether the rain would hold off, which thankfully it did. The 5-inning game combined with Monday's off day to give the tired bullpen a much-needed rest.

View John Maine's Full Season Stats

Box Score

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Comments (9)

Hang in there Big Guy, we got your back(thats a very good prison term of real friends WHO YOU CAN TRUST) Man I was glued to the tv, radio and blogs whishing for some blockbuster trade by Omar and nothing, zippo, notta, dead silence from the Mets. I think Atl and Philly improved and we got another 2nd basemen. I think maybe we got better there, and with Gotay on the bench it got better to, but thats it ? I am left alittle flat.

I think I'll go and be a missionary far far away someplace. Last nights game was like pulling teeth. I feel if Gotay was playing last night we win, just the chances Castillo had if it would have been Gotay in that place I think we win. Our number 4 and 5 bats were no better. I know sour grapes, spilled milk and all that stuff, but it's hard to see if the glass is half empty or full right now. I think if I tell myself we are building for the future, I feel a little better as I look to 2009...No check that! I still feel pretty ugly abuot this teams play and I am starting to throw Willie in there to.When does Jet and Giant camp open?

Al - Per your first comment, I'm getting kind of tired of it. I have a couple of guys who have virtually stalked me at times this year. One was a Braves fan who somehow offended that a Mets blogger would write bad things about Atlanta -- unlike the respectful way Braves bloggers write about the Mets, I guess. Another was a guy who was absolutely convinced I was anti-Jose Reyes because of a sarcastic title to an article that was actually positive.

http://www.mikesmets.com/2006/02/lets_trade_jose_reyes_before_i.html

I've been compared to Yankees fans twice this year because of voiced concern over a lack of effort, the last one being the stretch when they lost 3 of 4 to the Pirates and Nats. In the beginning of the year I had people make fun of me for being so optimistic about Maine and Perez, especially Perez, but every time I write something that isn't positively glowing about them someone gets mad about that.

My only pay for writing this site is interacting with other Mets fans like yourself. Sometimes lately I've been wondering why I bother...

Anyway, that's my tale of woe. As to your second comment, I like Castillo in the 2-hole for this team, but he had a terrible at bat with the bases loaded and the chance to pad the lead. I would have liked to have seen Gotay pinch hit there where a decent fly ball would have been a run, Gotay would have been much more likely to do that. Then again, he would have been much more likely to strikeout in that situation, too. Hindsight is always 20-20, isn't it?

We needed Teixeira, but what would we have done with Delgado? So what did we get? A second baseman we may or may not really need, that may or may not be an upgrade on what we have. Who knows what Texas would have been asking Omar for, if Omar was even asking, because, again, we have a first baseman.

I'm upset about Teixeira but I acknowledge it's irrational because we couldn't have done anything with him. Which makes me even more upset about Delgado. It's very, very hard for me to hate Carlos Delgado, but I have to wonder if he's just going to continue to let us down. It's AUGUST.

I would have been less upset about Teixeira if he hadn't gone to the f'ing BRAVES! Who also picked up PITCHING!

At least Gagne went to Boston and not the Bronx.

Mike, remember the statistic that 90% of people read and don't comment; only 1% of users actually contribute. So we're talking a small minority here.

Mike I have been in ministry for over 30 years, and I have been persecuted for all my good deeds I do. I have been blessed to help 100's of guys in prison over the years and you maybe surprised of how much flak I get for doing that. I have learned to concider the source and look at the positive side of my efforts to help. My friend you have allot of positive in what you do. Helping us off the roof top every other day and letting us vent, helps us to overcome the dry times and it makes us a deeper fan who sticks with their team and looks for the rainbow at the end of the storm. For those few who just want to throw stones and find fault, let them be, don't allow them to make you like them. Your to good for that, don't lower youself to that level. Make them invisible.When King Saul was throwing spears at David, David became a spear dodger and went on to be King of Israel. Just step aside and let that crap go by.

Mike, some are just never satisfied, but you column is always appreciated and your input and stats are good reading. Just let the naysayers be and the rest of us will enjoy all that you bring to the table. Thanks!

MG - You're right that Teixeira wouldn't have made any sense for this club. Delgado is signed through next year, and ideally will be the five or six hitter on this club when everyone is healthy. Go only knows when that might be, though. The Braves gave up an awful lot to get him. Perhaps someday when there are more than a handful of good players in the Mets farm system they will be able to afford to give up that much for a player.
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Al - I hardly consider myself persecuted, seriously, it just gives me a headache sometimes.
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Thanks, L.J.

Mike - Don't let the turkeys get you down. It happens in every walk of life, from the media to sports to politics. When people express an opinion, they're often attacked by those who don't share it (or in the Jose case above, those who don't understand sarcasm).

The more eloquently you express your point of view, the more childish will be the attacks leveled against you. Getting zinged like you've been only means your writing is touching a nerve, and it can't touch a nerve unless you're coming dangerously close to the truth.

Keep it up, my blolleague. We do all the things we do in life for one of only a few simple reasons. Either: 1) it pays well, 2) it's fun to do, or 3) it's a stepping stone to lead you to something else that's either 1) or 2).

Don't give this up until the day it stops being fun. And if that day has come, please, Mike, talk to us first so we can talk you down off the ledge.

Nostra - I don't mind criticism so much when it's fair, but some of the stuff this year has been ridiculous. Is taken away from the fun somewhat, because the interaction is a large part of the fun. That doesn't mean I'm suicidal over it, however. I'll probably just take my frustrations out on you, if that's okay...

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