By Mike Steffanos
Game 63: Diamondbacks 9 - Mets 5
When the Mets had the successful home stand against the Marlins and Dodgers, they had the look of a team that was finally ready to start playing consistent -- if unspectacular -- baseball. Now they have the look of a team that's looking for an excuse to pack it in on the season.
I'm finding it very difficult to write about these games. On some level, you can only point out the same flaws so many times and then analysis just sort of disintegrates into whining.
Most of us have very difficult jobs, and the Mets are (allegedly) a diversion from the grind of what we have to do to support ourselves and our families. I think I'm going to concentrate on the future and deemphasize the day to day futility in this blog. I have nothing to say about this game that is anything close to constructive or particularly illuminating.
I have some appointments today. Tomorrow we'll be back and finding things to talk about that are at least somewhat hopeful and perhaps even fun.
When I compared this club to the 2002 Mets a couple of days ago I was being sarcastic. I still don't see them collapsing as utterly and completely as that edition of the Metropolitans, but they do have the look of a club that could conceivably start mailing it in if things don't turn around soon. Mets fans deserve better than this. You can accept not having a real championship caliber club to root for, but you want one that comes to play most every day.
If any of the regulars feel like chiming in on potential topics of discussion for this blog going forward, please leave a comment. I'm interested in how you all feel.