Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Game 69 - Mets

Mets 5, Marlins 0
Record: 32-37

Three one-hitters in a row now, win-loss-win. Jae Seo continued his brilliant stretch, leaving in the 7th with a split nail, and David Weathers and Armando Benitez held down the fort for him. It was 1-0 into the ninth, with the Marlins' Carl Pavano doing his best Tom Glavine from last night -- good, but not as good as the other guy. Then he chucked a gopher ball to Ty Wigginton and the wheels went sprawling off the cart, as a couple of bad errors and a pair of hits made it a comfortable 5-0 lead.

With Seo and Steve Trachsel clicking and Glavine and Al Leiter looking solid, that really leaves just one spot in the rotation to sweat it every time out. Mike Bacsik and Jason Roach have been the latest entrants in the 5-spot, without a ton of success. Maybe a Benitez trade can bring in a solid young starter. Benitez is looking sharper and sharper with each outing -- they must trade him before he implodes.

With the way the Mets have been playing of late, it occurs to me that they seem a lot better than 32-37 and 13.5 games out, dammit. I guess that's what happens when you dig yourself a huge hole. Despite the semblance of putting it all together lately, the Mets are 10-9 since the 50-game check-up -- better, but not exactly on fire. They've just been doing things right more often lately, and the standings are a daily, depressing reminder of the debacle of the first couple of months. Those dreadful days are gone from the memory banks but not from the record books. Can we have a do-over?

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