By Mike Steffanos
Game 62: Padres 8 - Mets 6
This team is staring to make me flash back to 2002.
High expectations to start the year? Check.
A roster filled with aging, high-priced veterans who enjoyed their best years with other clubs? Check.
A GM who is sitting on the hot seat and needs a deep playoff run to turn the heat down? Check.
A veteran closer with tons of talent, mounds of saves, but a penchant to come up short when the team needs him most? Check.
A manager with one foot out the door and the other on a banana peel? Check.
A team that seems to have a flair for finding painful ways to lose games? Check.
Want to hear one thing that's really sad? As bad as Mo Vaughn was, Carlos Delgado would have to have a pretty good second half to match his 2002 production. Vaughn's numbers were .259/.349/.456 with 26 HR and 72 RBI in 487 AB. Even with his recent hot streak, Delgado numbers are .245/.325/.414 with 8 HR and 29 RBI. That would translate to about 18 HR and 64 RBI over the equivalent number of ABs as Vaughn. We could well have a new standard to judge failed first baseman after this season.