By Mike Steffanos
Dodgers 6 - Mets 2
Played Sunday, August 26, 2007
Is it just me, or does it seem like the Mets save some of their worst efforts for these ESPN Sunday night games?
The paying job is still crazy busy, so I don't have a lot of time for this one. Just as well, I guess. It was a fairly lousy game of the type that we were seeing a lot of in June and July, but really haven't seen since that loss against the Pirates. I've always had a loathing for the morbidly obese David Wells -- who bears a disturbing resemblance to Jabba the Hut as shown in the exquisitely Photoshopped image to the right -- so it bugged me how lousy they were in that game, but I'll give them the occasional stinker since they've picked up their game of late.
John Maine certainly has work to do to return to being the dependable starter he was before the All Star game, but I thought he was better last night than the result. He's figuring out how to be a big innings pitcher for the first time in his career, and we're lucky that his slump coincided with the resurgence of some other Mets players. Still, I'd love to see him pitch a couple of solid 7 inning starts in a row some time soon.
|John Maine (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (26 Games)||156.2||71||64||135||136||60||19||3.68||1.24||16-10|
It's a big "duh" to say that the upcoming week is huge. I want to see the Mets bring their "A" game to this road trip. That doesn't mean winning every game, but it does involve competing hard against clubs that will be playing with a sense of urgency for their playoff hopes. Let's Go Mets.