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Opening Sputter

Mike SteffanosTuesday, April 14, 2009
By Mike Steffanos

Game 7: Padres 6 - Mets 5

I was driving around listening to this game on the radio while running some errands last night. When I got home I sat down and tried to write this piece and just didn't have the heart to do it.

You can dissect this game all you want, but the bottom line for me right now is this: the Mets aren't playing the type of ball that wins close games right now and, unfortunately, other than game 2 of the Marlins series, all the games have been decided by two runs or less.

After winning the first two games against the Reds 2-1 and 9-7, the Mets have lost four of five, including all 4 games decided by two runs or less.

While the old saying is true that you're never as bad as you look when things are going bad, the Mets need to start playing more fundamentally sound baseball very soon. If they do, the winning should follow.

Not much to say about Pelfrey right now. He looks very much like the guy we saw in the first 2 1/2 months of last season. Hopefully it doesn't take him until June to figure it out this year, or it's going to be a long summer.

I'm working on a longer piece for this later this afternoon. Please check back.

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Comments (1)

The loss in the home opener, is a bit disappointing, but as you said with the lack of fundamental baseball, it was to be expected. When Gerut hit that homer in the first I had my doubts it would go the Mets way. Mets had opportunities again and just flat out missed them. I will remain optimistic as I have said previously. That park is "huge" (well looks that way on T.V.), and we may soon see the need for speedier, more athletic fielders in the future. F-Mart are you ready? All in all it's still early, when they run off that 8 or 10 game win streak this first week will be just a memory. Go Mets 2009!

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