By Mike Steffanos
Game 44: Braves 11 - Mets 4
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. -- Joseph Heller, Catch 22
The above quote from one of the greatest books of the Twentieth Century says it all about this edition of the New York Mets. What's worse, the elevator the Mets have taken back down to their comfortable level of mediocrity shows no sign of slowing down.
For Mike Pelfrey, this was a regression start after a couple of nice ones in a row. You have to wonder, though, if it had something to do with his losing both of those starts despite only allowing 3 earned runs in 13-2/3 IP. I think there's a lot of pressure on Mets pitchers right now, as they must into a game feeling that allowing even a reasonable amount of runs will probably cost them an "L". Still, when Pelfrey doesn't pitch aggressively he accomplishes nothing. What's worse, there seemed to be some mechanical component to his struggles yesterday.
There's nothing new to say about the offense. Carlos Delgado is oh-for the first three games of the Atlanta series, and has dipped below .220 again. Luis Castillo is contributing nothing offensively or defensively, and is rapidly morphing into the version of Kaz Matsui we saw in his last two seasons here. Where you have you gone, Jose Valentin?
Be sure to check out Dave Mills' terrific post from earlier today if you missed it.