It was a bit disheartening to see John Maine struggle so early in the season. As someone pointed out to me on Twitter, his velocity is down to 88 mph from 92. I still think it's in his head. For one, he was injured in 2008, then rushed to get back in 2009, only to reinjure himself and was out again last season. It was clear he struggled last year, and is struggling again. I believe the velocity is down so he doesn't re-aggravate his shoulder. That said, John Maine is a fan fave, and we want him to do well. Since he usually owns the Marlins, though, it would have been nice to see him back in form. Turns out Jorge Cantu owns him as well, hitting a home run in early innings.
Then again, John Maine has proven himself to be a no more than six-inning-starter. So perhaps it's time to rethink his role. Again too early, but I would say after the fifth game, he's still struggling...something needs to be done.
Anyway, this was one of those games I watched on television from first pitch to the very last out. I know we can't win them all, but the Marlins did their best to lose this game, by being up at one point 6-2, then tied and having a few lucky breaks go their way with the Mets making some boneheaded baserunning mistakes. Namely, Fernando Tatis running on a Wild Pitch and being thrown out at the plate, thus ending a rally where David Wright was at the plate with the bases juiced. I was pretty interested to see how Dubs was going to handle this pressure, since it seems like he's matured quite a bit over the offseason.
Of course, one thing that sticks out in later innings, in an effort of being aggressive, David Wright stole second base with Jason Bay at bat. Shortly after, Bay was intentionally walked, and was basically the rally-killer right there. He had marbles all right, but in a close game, turned out to be just enough for the Marlins to come back and win in the 10th.
One more thing. I'm certain the experiment of Mike Jacobs hitting cleanup has been proven to fail. Do we really need a strike-out artist there right now? I think it's safe the assume the only reason he's even friggin playing is because Daniel Murphy is out for six weeks. Then if that's the case, why not demote Jenrry Mejia (Stop messing with the kid already!), and bring up Ike Davis? I'm not a fan of bringing prospects up before their time, but Davis has proven he has the maturity level and can keep up with major league pitching.
Otherwise, I am on the fence about this game. The Mets didn't back down and fought tooth and nail. However, at the same time, they had a LOT of lucky breaks/calls go for them as well. However, the Marlins were trying their best to lose this game, yet still won in extra innings. It's still early, yes, and perhaps the Mets will continue to stress fundamentals in the sense of taking advantage of the other team's mistakes when they are made.
But this is the Marlins. They always have the Mets' number at one point.
On the other hand, it's only the second game of the season. We may get some better memories this season, that we'll easily forget about this disappointing loss.
Till then though, we have 160 of these puppies to play. I hope we are not talking about the games that got away so early in the season. It's easy to, though, after the longest winter ever.