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Time to Bring It

Mike SteffanosTuesday, July 22, 2008
By Mike Steffanos


I had a really busy day which kept me from really sitting down and knocking off something for the blog. To be frank with you, though, I'm not sure there is anything to be said off the field that really matters any more.

The Mets need to play this series the way they played during their streak. They can't worry about who's not here (Church, Pedro, maybe Wagner). Can't worry about who's having an off year. It's time to bring it.

Let's go Mets!

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Comments (8)

The Mets should tie everyone in their bullpen each to a cannon and blow them to little bits of smoking flesh. Or hang them, after humiliating them by tarring and feathering them.

The sickest thing about the Mets bullpen collapse tonight was that Duaner was smiling after giving up 3 straight singles, and with no one out in the 9th inning.

Smiling.

It's a shame that Jerry Manuel's a player's coach, and is a good guy. I don't think he has it in him to make his bullpen fear him enough to never, ever, think it's a joke and smile when you're about to blow a very important game.

None of this is on the Mets position players or Johan Santana; they answered the call and delivered what SHOULD have been a 5-2 win. It's on the Mets "smiling" bullpen.

Someone give me The Dark Knight's Joker for a few minutes. He'd give Duaner something to smile about.

Permanently.

I don't want to say the loss was devastating, but it sure was very untimely. Smith should have gotten the first call in the ninth, then Schow if a lefty needed to be pitched to. I thought Manuel left Sanchez in too long, after the first two batters reached he should have been pulled. Hindsight is a mutha though. The Reyes mental lapse was also an issue, and I know 9 1/2 times out of 10 he gets the out at first, but give Philly credit they stayed in there and fought back, period! Really a loss could not have come at a more tough time. A chance for the Mets to send a message to the Phils and they let it slip away. Way to go Santana you pitched a good ball game and I am not sure that he could have done the ninth, but I may have given him the opportunity to try! Mets offense was there, the defense was good, but the pen stoked the fire and Philly burned down the house. Go get em tonight guys.

I don't know if the Mets, psychologically, can come back from last night. The starting pitching and hitters now have the thought of "what the hell do we need to do in order to NOT let our bullpen screw up? Throw no-hitters and pretend we're at Coors field?"

Hamels is also pitching tonight; He'll go 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 ER, 2BB, 4K. Maine's an enigma, who'll either be great or be sloppy.

Mets now need to get a reliever or two- BADLY- rather than a bat. Last night's game was the kind of turning point your team DOESN'T NEED.

And I still want to punch Duaner in the face for smiling.

Ok, I'm over last night, but I am a bit beside myself with those people trying to place blame Santana for not getting into fist fight with Jerry Manuel for not leaving him in the game. I think it is ridiculous for people to think this guy did not want to finish out that game. He answered the call (which every outlet was hammering him to do), pitched well and by all means should have been left in to finish the game. That was the manager's decision, and he honestly thought his bullpen could get 3 outs without coughing up a lead and the game. What do they want this guy to do, pitch 9 innings every outing, shutout, and drive in 5 runs? I know it is probably all knee jerk reactions but some folks need to get a grip!

Jason - I wouldn't be so hard on Sanchez. I think he competes pretty well when he's in there. His stuff just isn't as good as it was pre-injury. When I played sports I never felt as bad after a loss as I do being a fan, maybe because it hurts more when all you could do is watch helplessly.
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L.J. - For all the bad, they have an opportunity to prove they can bounce back from adversity -- something they didn't do last season. If they can't we might as well pack it in anyway. And agreed on your second comment
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Jason - To be honest with you I'd be wary of giving up a lot for a reliever, knowing how volatile and unpredictable they could be. Look at Heilman. 2 years ago he was one of the best setup men in the game. Now he seems always on the verge of blowing up.

Mike- I agree about Duaner overall, it's just that I never, ever, want a reliever looking potentially smug about giving up 3 straight hits, no outs, and fully knowing that you've just blown the game, and smiling about it. It sends a bad example to the rest of the team and also to the fans. Ten bucks says he wouldn't have been smiling if his manager was Lou Pinella or Bobby Valentine.

I also agree that the Mets need to keep things in perspective on relievers, but if they can get a bunch of (good) mid-level relievers, I'm all for it. Chad Bradford and David Weathers are good starts- unless the Mets can make out a deal for someone like Huston Street or Brian Fuentes that doesn't require them to rip the farm up (and I don't think they will).

Bottom line, the Mets should send a message to the team that they will NOT let their bullpen let them down like they did last year and last night, and make moves to fix it. And hopefully, also retain enough in the farm system to get a bat (or another pitcher).

Tonight the Mets will either win 7-3 or lose 7-1.

Whaddya know, Mets won 6-3.

Jason - I hear you, but it's retaining enough in the farm system that really worries me.

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