By Mike Steffanos
Reds 8 - Mets 4
Played Friday, July 13, 2007
The season of Schizophrenia continues for the Mets, as they could look very sharp one night and then get pummeled the next. Last night John Maine looked rusty from the break, and was also betrayed by his defense. In an all too familiar scenario for the 2007 season, the Mets went into a big hole early and couldn't dig themselves out of it. By the time they scored their first run it was 4-1 Reds, and they didn't score again until they were down 8-1. Just once I would love to see them battle back from a big early hole, but that isn't the makeup of this year's edition, at least not up to this point. They had their opportunities all night, but couldn't cash in enough to ever make a game out of it.
What chance they had diminished drastically in the fifth inning when Ruben Gotay committed a pair of errors to put two on and no outs for the Reds. It could have been worse -- his throw to second on the second error almost got Reyes killed. As it was, the two miscues hastened the end of Maine's disappointing night as the Reds plated 3 unearned runs to jump out to a 6-run lead.
|John Maine (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (18 Games)||114.1||41||37||91||96||43||11||2.91||1.17||12-6|
Just a couple of observations on the rest. The time has come to move Lo Duca out of the RBI slots in the order and down towards the bottom. I love Lo Duca as a player, but he's been pressing at the plate terribly, and his inability to produce any runs is killing this team. Lo Duca needs to bat in the bottom of the lineup, and Castro needs to get more starts.
If Jose Valentin made those 2 misplays in the fifth inning, there would have been a large contingent of Mets fans screaming for his head. Yesterday I mentioned that I felt Valentin's struggles and Gotay's hot bat earned Ruben Gotay the bulk of playing time at 2B. Apparently that wasn't enough for some readers, who were upset with me for saying I thought that Gotay looked like a utility infielder rather than the 2B of the future. The kid had another couple of hits and an RBI in the game to partially offset his defensive mistakes, but could we please sit back a little and see what he looks like playing every day before we anoint him as the chosen one? I've been following this game a long time, and have seen many guys look great for a month or two over the years and then fade. Sorry if I choose not to drink your Ruben Gotay Kool-Aid, but could you please acknowledge the fact that I agree he deserves to show how good he really is? He's a nice kid, and he is hustling and playing hard, and I respect him for that. Jeez...
One last thought. Is there some sort of rule that I am unaware of that both Carloses can't be hitting at the same time?