Monday, May 10, 2010

Separating the Men from the Boys

I think F-O-C Senor Solly put it best on Twitter yesterday: "3 blown saves from the pen this weekend. - be happy with the 2 wins."

The Giants were not an easy team to beat. They have some of the best pitching in the NL and had the best record in the NL West until this weekend (where they dropped to second, following the two Mets walk-offs). The only game that could have been a quote-unquote gimme was the Wellemeyer start, however if the Mets lost that game, I would have blamed the offense more so than the bullpen blowing the save since they did not take advantage of that junkballer.

So I guess my points, taking two out of three from the Giants, regardless of how they were won or lost as Solly points out, is never a bad thing. Take them as they come.

What I am truly concerned about though is this upcoming week against two NL East teams -- the Nationals for a three-game series at home and a four-game series in Miami against the Marlins. Right now, the standings are as such:

Phils 19-12
Mets 17-14 (2)
Nats 17-14 (2)
Marlins 14-17 (5)
Braves 13-18 (6)

Who would have thought that the Nationals would be "tied for second place" in the division, anytime this season, right? The Nationals are on a streak, taking the last two in a three game series against the Marlins, who are surprisingly not seeming as scrappy as they normally are (except, of course, against the Mets earlier this season).

To say that this series at home is a must-win this early in the season seems ridiculous, but the fact is, if the Mets are going to be taken seriously at all within the division or within baseball, they have to take no less than a sweep of the Nationals series.

Yeah, you read that right.

Until May 21, when interleague games start against the Yankees, the Mets are playing nothing but East teams (and have no off days, by the way). These series will separate the men from the boys and hopefully, the Mets from the tight pack of the NL East right now. I said it in 2007 and I will say it again in 2010 -- these series, if the Mets do not win the majority of the games or at the very most sweep a series here and there, we will look back at these as the ones that got away. Mark my words.

The time to make a statement is now. Or for Senor Solly specifically: it's time someone put their foot down. And that the Mets.

Save the Date!! The Coop has been asked to participate in a reading of Mets Bloggerati All-Stars at Two Boots Tavern at Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 pm, for the next installment of Amazin' Tuesday!

I have ideas for three of my old pieces to be read, don't worry, they will be G-rated. But I would like to thank Greg Prince from Faith and Fear in Flushing and Jon Springer from Mets by the Numbers for not only putting these together, but for inviting me to participate. I am truly honored!


Bear Man said...

The Mets are 6-6 against their own division and that includes a sweep against the Braves. Going .500 against these teams again over the next two weeks will not be enough. If the Mets are going to be taken seriously in the NL, they must go at least 7-4 in that stretch of 11 consecutive games against their division rivals. In addition to that, the final seven games are on the road, so they must start winning on the road to become real contenders. Let's hope we have Mets Men taking the field instead of Jerry's Kids.

DyHrdMET said...

I said it on facebook the other day - the Mets have regained their 2008 form. Left unsaid is that I didn't mean that in a good way. We'll see the same bullpen problems all year as they continue to get overused and misused.

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