Blown (Save) Away

Happy 87th Birthday to Yogi Berra, if you haven’t read Harvey Araton’s book Driving Mr. Yogi, you should it’s a terrific read    

 

 

Nothing pisses off a fan base more than a blown save that cost their team a win. As we witnessed in Miami last night, the Met s again unleashed their version of “5 O’clock Lightning” coming from behind again to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead as Mike Baxter has channeled his inner Smokey Burgess to become a potent late inning pinch hitter, drove in two runs with a double while batting for the offensively challenge Mike Nickeas.

I listened to latter part of this game in the car, enjoying the duo of Howie Rose and his partner Josh Lewin, who by the way has become a great listen and has blended in quite nicely with Howie making for such a pleasurable listen that even when I’m home I’ll tune in to hear a few innings, especially today when the game is on FOX, the sound on the TV goes mute and radio is turned up, but I digress.

When Baxter hit that double to score Captain Kirk and Ike to take the lead, the excitement in Howie’s voice was as jubilant a call I’ve heard from the radio booth in a long time. A 5-3 lead with six outs to go and the way the pen has been going it looked like you could start “putting this one in the books” but wait………..

Of all the players in the infield the last guy I’d predict making a crucial late inning error would be Ike Davis, I mean, no matter how awful a batting slump Ike has been in, he never brings that out to the field on defense so his costly error in the 8th that gave the Fish life was a bit of a shocker.

Give hat tips to Bobby Parnell and Tim Brydak who set up the save for Frank Francisco. All Frankie Frisco had to do was get three outs. Instead Greg Dobbs single gave the Fish their 4th walk off win of the year and their 9th win in 10 games.

That’s what makes this Frankie Frisco’ blown save hurt more, the Fish are red hot and here come the “5 O’Clock Lighting” Mets doing their come from behind magic again buoyed by another solid performance by their Ace Johan Santana (after a tough 1st inning Santana was masterful mixing mostly fastballs and slider but not many change ups to keep the Fish in check from innings 2-6 ) and looking to add to their dominant record against the NL East (now 13-6 after last night loss) but instead of killing Francisco maybe we have to credit Dobbs for hitting a pretty good pitch, a 94 mph fastball that was just inside the strike zone.

If we’ve learned anything about the 2012 Mets, this early in the season a loss like last nights doesn’t linger long with them, they’ll turn the page quickly.

I see where Rony Cedeno is at shortstop again today so my question is why is Jordany Valdespin here? If Terry Collins feels Cedeno is his guy until Ruben Tejada gets back that’s fine but if that’s the case maybe keeping Vinny Rottino around would have been the better move and let Valdespin play every day in Buffalo.  Rottino has played catcher so with two weak hitting catchers on the roster a guy like Rottino would be valuable.

 

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EVEN IN DEFEAT THERE ARE SOME POSSITIVES FOR METS

Well, if anything comes as a positive out of breaking the winning streak last night, it’s that we won’t see the black uni tops hopefully for a while. I’d say it’s a safe bet the all grays will be in play tonight.

Strange line on Chris Capuano last night.  Cap had no problem throwing strikes (67/27 K/BB ratio) and he was ahead in the count from the start with 21 first pitches to the 28 batters he faced were strikes. The Nats did knock him around for 10 hits but no walks but only 2 K’s. Weird.

The 4th inning did Cap in as the Nats started teeing off but it was a bizarre sac/fielder’s choice thingy with fat ass Livan Hernandez getting in Josh Thole’ way as he couldn’t get around El Gordo. But when the smoke cleared is just a one run Nationals lead. The pitch that Cap regretted the most was the one he threw to Ian Desmond in the 5th , that went  over the right field fence to give DC a two run lead.  That home run hurt more as the Mets came back in the 6th when Ike Davis (of course!) doubled home Carlos Beltran to make it a one run game again.

Okay, I’ve seen enough of Willie Harris for a while, time to put Harris on the shelf . A little bit of Willie Harris in our lives is good, a lot of Willie Harris? No good.

Either play Jason Pridie every day until Angel Pagan comes back or bring up Captain Kirk for a taste of the big leagues but really enough Willie Harris, he’s not an ever day player.

I’m sure Big Pelf will be on a short leash tonight between battling the flu and not having a great track record against the Phuck Phaces, if he starts getting knocked around in the first or second inning, I’m sure Terry Collins will go right to Dillion Gee as this management cares about wins not hurting players feeling.

I’m so anxious for Ronnie Paulino to be activated and joining the big league team for the simple fact, I’m not convinced Ronnie Paulino actually exists.

It’s nice when there is competition of a roster spot, as it lit a fire under Josh Thole to get that bat going to stay in the bigs. That was one of the biggest problems in the past for the Mets, a sense of entitlement of a job, that is no more.

I want all of you to go over to the Real Dirty Mets site and wish Ed Marcus a/k/a Rusty Jr. a very happy birthday.

So now the Skill Sets are ready to give some juice to whoever buys into a minority share of the club. According to the NY Post (line up for your grain of salt) the Skill Sets will grant veto power to the new investor as it pertains to team payroll and player contracts. If all this is true and comes to fruition (again it’s in the Murdoch fish wrap) this could a huge boost for the Mets organization. What the organization needs is injection of fresh money and fresh ideas and most of all someone who doesn’t have a Skill Sets bloodline sitting in the boardroom. Everyone who is a decision maker except for the Baseball Ops division is related in some way or the other. It reminds me of when I worked for Century 21 department store; every department manager of the store was a member of the Gindi family. It didn’t matter if they were competent as long as they were a Gindi. Now we just have to hope the new partner is a Stu Sternberg clone.

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