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.
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.
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.
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.