Mets Week in Review: 4-10 June

Coming off a bad series with the Diamondbacks, the Mets welcome their division rivals the Philadelphia Phillies and then travel to Detroit to take on the defending American League champion Tigers. Could be a tough week taking on good teams with a lot of injured players and the offense in a slump.

5 June 2007
Phillies 4, Mets 2

Glavine is cruising and the Mets take an early 2-run lead on a Paul LoDuca single. Glavine gets the first two batters in the next inning, but puts his grubby hands on a ground ball coming through the infield, slowing it down so that Reyes can’t field it in time. And suddenly, just like that, the Phillies have a rally and the Mets lead is erased. I was really exhausted so I nodded off the next few innings, but woke up for some excitement in the ninth inning where the Mets seemed to be rallying with two outs. Alas, they didn’t score. The game went to extra innings and I went to bed. The Mets lost in the 11th.

Players of the game (I award up to ten points, maximum of 6 points to one player, distributed among the Mets players who had the biggest impact in the game):

Easley 1
Franco .50
Glavine 2.5
LoDuca 1.5
Mota .5000
Schoeneweis .50
Smith .50
Wagner .50
Wright 2.5

6 June 2007
Phillies 4, Mets 2

Déjà vu? Sure feels like it. I didn’t get to watch this game but once again the Mets squandered an early lead with the bullpen playing the part of goat for this game. Is it Panic Time? Sure feels like it. The Mets are in a downward spiral, riddled by injuries, and unable to hit. The Phillies are on a roll after a slow start and seem to be a real contender for the division. The only saving graces for the Mets is that their starting pitching is excelling beyond imagination and that the Braves keep losing too.

Beltran 3
Delgado 1
Hernandez 3
Newhan .50
Reyes 1.5
Wright 1

7 June 2007
Phillies 6, Mets 3

Arrgghh!!! It is definitely panic time. Swept! Three straight losses to the Phillies. Three straight games where the Mets had a lead. The offense is pathetic, just 7 runs in 30 innings. The bullpen cannot be trusted. This may be the Metpocalypse!

I tuned in near the end of this game. Or what should have been the end of the game before Billy Wagner surrendered a game-tying home run to Pat the Bat Burrell for his first blown save of the season. I shouldn’t tune in to games in progress. I walked into a bar this evening just as Curt Schilling’s no-hit bid was busted up. Anyhow, extra innings were just ugly as the Mets couldn’t get anything going and the Phillies just wouldn’t stop. And the offense had even shown some signs of life with three straight homers in the sixth.

Ugly. Awful. Miserable.

Delgado 2.5
Gomez 1
LoDuca 3.5
Maine 2
Wright 1

8 June 2007
Mets 3, Tigers 0

What, me worry?

Nothing cures what ails you like a good old fashioned pitching duel, especially when the Mets are on the winning side of the match up. Powered by Wright & Delgado homers and the dominant pitching of Jorge Sosa, the Mets won their first ever appearance at the Tigers new ballpark (they were swept and pretty much mauled at the old Tiger Stadium back in 1997). Of course I’m married to a Tigers fan so I will not gloat and I do feel a bit bad for the Tigers, but the Mets really needed this win right now.

FAFIF’s take on the Tigers and this game is an interesting read.

Delgado 3
LoDuca 1
Sosa 3
Wagner .50
Wright 2.5

9 June 2007
Mets 7, Tigers 8

Sigh! The Mets go down again for the fifth time in six games. It is encouraging the flailing offense stirred themselves up to rally in the late innings and make the game close. It is discouraging that my favorite Mets starter Oliver Perez had his worst outing of the season giving up a season high 5 earned runs in five innings. On the whole, that’s not too bad as many starters can get wins out of such a performance, but Guillermo Mota didn’t help in his “relief” appearance. Everyone’s entitled to a bad day, but it’s bad timing for Perez as the team is trying to pull itself out of a slump. He’s still my Ollie though, so I’ll forgive him.

Beltran 1.5
Gotay 1
Heilman 1
Ledee 2
LoDuca 1.5
Perez .50
Sele .50
Wright 2

10 June 2007
Mets 7, Tigers 15

The Mets fall to 1-5 all-time in the Motor City. If this is any indication of how the Mets play in Detroit maybe it’s a good thing they didn’t go to the World Series last year. Still I’d rather the Tigers beat the Mets for the championship than having the freakin’ Cardinals win it (as they did).

Tom Glavine who has had many a bad start in his Met career and hasn’t won a game in a month had his worst start ever on Sunday. The rest of the team isn’t doing so well either, losing 6 of 7. At least the offense is scoring runs again. Apparently the offense and defense cannot play well at once.

One person who saw a silver lining in all this is Mets Guy in Michigan who for one day got to see several Mets guys in Michigan, on field and off. Meanwhile, Dave Mills posts the Top 10 Mets Questions Right Now at Mike’s Mets. Greg at FAFIF, ever the cockeyed optimist, has the most positive, uplifting spin on current events.

Easley 2
Franco 1.5
Gomez 2
Reyes 1.5
Wright 3

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