By Mike Steffanos
Game 30: Dodgers 5 - Mets 1
Sorry for being late. This has been a crazy day. I have to run out of here in a few minutes, so this will have to be brief.
If you stayed up late last night to watch this one you may have felt a sense of déjà vu. We've seen this sort of offensive performance often this season -- the Mets let an opposing pitcher off the hook in the early going when he is struggling a little, then he shuts them down.
I know that Oliver Perez has taken somewhat of a beating in the press today, and some of it is warranted, but the Mets have been so poor offensively in the early going that I think it is starting to affect the pitchers. When your team consistently struggles to score runs I think you worry more about making a mistake -- and that's not really what you should be thinking of when you pitch.
Right now the Mets are scoring about as often as the fat kid that plays the tuba in the marching band. With Carlos Delgado showing some signs of life and Moises Alou shaking the rust off, you'd like to think the Mets can be at least a competent offense. I suspect that if they can accomplish this you might see Perez, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine relax a little.