So here they are your 2009 New York Mets about to pop open the champagne bottles and christen beautiful Citi Field tomorrow evening after a stellar road trip and leading the NL East…right? Wrong! After a mediocre .500 start against lowly Cincinati and Florida, there is not that much to be proud about. The Mets are 3-3 after 6 games into the season sitting smack in the middle of the NL East. This team lost 2 of 3 to a Marlins team that has approximately $100 million dollar payroll LESS than they do. The sad part about this series is the 2 losses were games the Mets could have won. Friday night’s 5-4 loss in the bottom of the 9th was tough especially after they had come back off of closer Matt Lindstrom to tie it at 4-4 when bench player Jeremy Reed came up with a huge 2-out RBI single. Most Met fans like myself actually thought this was going to be a battle of bullpens where the Mets had a clear edge. However, it would not be the case as Darren O’Day gave up the game-ending single to Jorge Cantu scoring Emilio Bonafacio (who sure as heck in making his case for front-runner of NL ROY). And to today…(sigh)…this one hurt. Johan Santana goes out there and pitches 7 innings of 3 hit and 13 strikeout ball and loses due to an error by Daniel Murphy. Well that and Josh Johnson was basically unhittable the first 8 innings. In the 9th, the Mets excited you again when Delgado doubled with 2 out, followed by a Beltran RBI single making it 2-1. Then Johnson falls behind Church 3-0 before he lines out. Before you know it, your on the plane back to Queens (a somber plane ride I am sure) and carrying a mediocre 3-3 record. What went wrong?
I found one main thing that was wrong with this team during this series and through the first 6 games overall. LACK OF HITTING WITH RISP!!! Friday night they were 0-12. Today, they weren’t much better. There were opportunities today (although not many) to crack through. If the Mets intend to be a contender in the National League and have playoff aspirations, their big stars like David Wright (whom I find most guilty on this list) and Jose Reyes need to come up with the big hits. I can’t take another year of Wright batting .243 with RISP again. Hopefully playing an awful San Diego Padres team the next 3 games (without having to face Peavy) will give this team exactly what they need…a shot in the arm to kickstart their season. For now, we can not get too worried because the season is only a week old but if your a Mets fan, your used to worrying anyway.