Monday, June 11, 2007

Unhappy Recap: Tigers 15 Mets 7

The worst pitched game for the Mets all year. Just a horrible blowout, the kind of game that happens every once in a while over the course of the season.

I'm not going to both dissecting the other game pitch by pitch and run by run but I will point out a few things.

The Mets gave Glavine a 3-0 lead in the first inning on another home run by David Wright. His fourth in the last 4 games and his 12th overall. Last year when Wright had a sizzling hot first half with homers, his 12th came on June 13th. It was part of one of two stretches of 3 homers in 3 games he had early last year.

I have no sympathy for Glavine and his inability to win games. Every time he is given a lead he blows it. He gave up a run in the first, and a run in the second but he still had the lead. The fourth inning demonstrated my frustration with watching him. Polanco led off with a double. Then he got two outs, and faced Omar Infante. With a one run lead. He started Infante with two strikes, then he refused to throw anything else except for a fastball 6 inches off the corner. He threw four of them, all balls, walking Infante. A similar at bat against Ivan Rodriguez (full count) ended in a triple that gave the Tigers the lead for good. Once he got sufficiently behind he struck out Sean Casey on three pitches.

Glavine made all of that moot by allowing 6 hits and 6 runs in the 5th.

But with the score 10-3 the Mets showed some life, much like when it was 8-3 on Saturday. Carlos Gomez hit his first major league home run. A three run shot.

With the score 11-6 Joe Smith came on for the 8th inning. With two outs and nobody on he all of the sudden turned to shit. Four hits and two walks later the Tigers had tagged him with 4 runs, nearly doubling his season ERA to 2.63 from 1.37. In his last 6 appearances he's given up 5 runs, 11 hits and 5 walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Could this be the start of some major bullpen trouble? I don't have that answer yet but I knew Smith wasn't going to be this great all season. It remains to be seen whether he can follow up this bad outing with 5 or 6 good ones.

Even though the starters have turned in two stinkers in a row, I still have confidence in them, and in the lineup which has been struggling. But if Smith was just a flash in the pan, and Heilman stinks, and Mota can't get it done without the juice then the Mets season may very well depend on Duaner Sanchez.

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