Now that we have a retro ball park it looks like we have a retro team. Last nights game was very 1962-ish but instead of chuckling and popping another Rheingold and writing out a deposit slip for my Christmas Club account at Manufactures Hanover, I was embarrassed by my favorite baseball team.
Itâ€™s hard to kill Dan Murphy over his outfield play as he isnâ€™t an outfielder in fact I donâ€™t think anyone in the organization knows what position the kid can play but we all know he can hit and he can hustle and he work his ass off but between getting picked off first base and not sliding into home his play last night was just ridiculous but Iâ€™ll chalk it up to growing pains.
Carlos Beltran for all his great talent does things on the field that are baseball retarded. Sometimes itâ€™s bunting to move runners over even though he is a Rib Eye Steak Man, sometimes itâ€™s a reluctance to steal a base when itâ€™s sorely needed and sometimes itâ€™s like last night not knowing when to slide. Iâ€™ve been running around all morning and havenâ€™t read many stories on the game so I donâ€™t know if Beltran and Murphy were asked why they didnâ€™t slide but itâ€™s things like that that separate teams that are contenders and teams that are also rans and it just shows the Mets are also rans the last two years for a reason.
I am ready to trade F-Mart, Jon Neise and any other prospect the Cardinals want for Yadier Molina as he has more balls in one testicle than this whole Mets team.
Now on to Ollie Perez. What youâ€™re shocked? Well maybe just a little bit as we now get Good Ollie, Bad Ollie from inning to inning instead of game to game. Pretty soon it will be pitch to pitch. The worrisome part of OP game last night was he was great going through the lineup the first time but in the 5th inning on his second go round, the Cards were teeing off at will. There was no working the count for the Redbirds in the 5th as they were hacking at OP like they knew what was coming.
Way to make a first impression Casey Fossum
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It took just three weeks into the season for this team to aggravate the shit out of me. I keep trying to tell myself itâ€™s early itâ€™s early and Iâ€™m trying to give Omar the benefit of the doubt and hold back the detractors by looking at the positives but after last night Iâ€™m wondering for the first time this year if this club is poorly put together and what can be done to fix it. The starting pitching other than the day Johan Santana pitches is a crap shoot. The bullpen is solid but at the rate they are being used theyâ€™ll be burned out by the All-Star game. Ryan Church does everything you can ask of a player but is still treated like shit while it seems J-Man is more worried about getting Fernando Tatis and Gary Sheffield playing time. The two best catchers on the team are Shrek and Omir Santos. As soon as Brian Schneider is healthy Iâ€™d deal him.
I know Iâ€™m reacting out of frustration but itâ€™s one thing to loose but last night was an embarrassment and the stink of 2007 and 2008 still lingers.