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Mike SteffanosSunday, April 13, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

Game 11: Brewers 9 - Mets 7

So far this year we've been treated to several games where the Mets got a pretty good effort out of their starting pitcher but couldn't score. Today we had Ollie Perez down 2-0 before he recorded his first out, then settling down a little and getting staked to a 6-2 lead after 3. Sadly, he couldn't hold the lead for an inning.

The Mets beat up on Jeff Suppon, who usually has their number, for 4 innings today. Over the next 4 innings against the Brewers bullpen they amassed 5 hits and 6 walks, yet were only able to garner a single run out of that.

Today the Mets were the victim of bad luck a couple of times, and had a couple of close calls go against them. Mostly, though, they were the victims of their own lack of fundamentals. It added up to a disappointing end to a disappointing weekend, just when it seemed they be turning things around.

As I sit here and write this, it's hard to comprehend that Nelson Figueroa's feel-good performance was only two days ago. At the time the Mets were on a 3-game winning streak and everyone was starting to lighten up. Now...


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Comments (2)

The Mets can't dwell on one or two games, win or lose. They have to break down the season into chunks, a series or a week at a time. We can dwell on whatever we want; that's the fans' perogative. If you can't grumble or exult irrationally over a single game, what need is there for the blogosphere?

The '07 team didn't have any huge winning streaks; they just won 2 of 3 and 3 of 4 consistently, until they took their foot off the throttle and inserted it into their collective "we're so talented we get bored sometimes" mouths. The '08 team would be served well to imitate at least the first two months from last year. JUST the first two months, thank you.

I might be disappointed as far as the outcome, but there were a few positives that certainly can be built upon. One, everyone else in the division lost except for the Nats, but they were in last place. Two, Church and Schneider are making good on their efforts and I appreciate them, Pagan is doing it (thanks), Bullpen redeemed themselves for the most part. Boo to those who booed Johan (still 3 quality starts), but other than that, I am still on the glass half full and the Mets just need to get some consistency going. If Perez, can hold the lead, the Mets win the series, oh well 2 outings (Perez) out of 3 starts ain't bad. Delgado is hitting, Wright seems to be finding his stroke, Castillo back in the line-up, and the bottom of the order is hitting. Just a few more turns ( a Reyes return) and maybe they put it all together. Lets Go Mets!

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