Houston, We Have a Problem
Ok, Reyes is not injured. He is day to day in fact and may not miss any time. After he got injured last night, I kept thinking "here we go again", but at the same time, I was glad the Mets had Mr. Insurance Policy himself Ty Wigginton. The Mets could have stood to sustain Reyes loss for a bit, but it would not have been fun. Reyes is on fire and the Mets need him in the lineup everday. Now that his injury is cleared up, here is the real problem. the real problem.
This is what the Mets only scoring inning looked liked.
-V Wilson walked
-J Seo sacrificed to first, V Wilson to second.
-J Reyes singled to deep right, V Wilson scored.
-K Matsui singled to right, D Wright to second.
-M Piazza walked, D Wright to third, K Matsui to second.
-C Floyd hit by pitch, D Wright scored, K Matsui to third, M Piazza to second.
-R Hidalgo walked, K Matsui scored, M Piazza to third, C Floyd to second.
-T Wigginton struck out looking.
-M Cameron walked, M Piazza scored, C Floyd to third, R Hidalgo to second.
-V Wilson struck out.
See a pattern? The Mets only scored because of the ineptitude of Montreal pitching. At this point the Mets are in danger of losing the series 3-1 to the Expos when they direly needed to take series 3-1 in their favor. Losing this series to the Expos is the equivalent of teeing off in golf and not making it past the woman's tees. That is unsettling to say the least. The Mets should have blown the game apart in that inning, but two K's killed them. Putting the ball in play is must. Poor execution despite the inning being gift wrapped to them. Let's see if Leit's out can work some magic against closer converted starter Rocky Biddle.
"He was on a short leash," Duquette said. Classic. I'm going to make an obvious guess and say they are going to check out Heilman in that spot. It is now or never for him, maybe he has figured it out.
"Let me make this clear. I love the game. I love the Mets and New York. I play the game as hard as I can, but people don't realize the grind the season is and the toll it can take on your body. I was speaking the other day out of frustration, nothing more."
Enter damage control. It will be interesting to see if he is still a Met in 2005. He still has value and a manageable contract.