Thursday, August 21, 2003

Game 125 - Mets

Padres 2, Mets 1
Record: 54-71
NL East: Can't quite make out the 4th-place team
Wild Card: One-eyed Jacks

To quote Jon Lovitz as Mike Dukakis, circa 1988: "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy."

So in this NL West round-up, the Mets take two against the 73-44 Giants (with 7 runs/game) and four easy ones against the 61-62 Rockies (8 runs/game), then lie down and die against the buzz saw that is the 47-78 Pad Squad (1.5 runs/game)?? Don't fall in love with the New York Mets, because they'll always take you in; just when you think they've really changed, they stink the stadium up again. Don't fall in love with the New York Mets, because they'll break you every time; so put out the light and just hold on before we say goodbye.

To jump jurisdictions here, I got to watch the avalanche that was Byung-Hyun Kim's outing last night. I said right after the Yankee series that Kim is not the go-to guy every contender needs, and I believe it even more now. Everything he was throwing seemed mashable. The one out he got was a hideous bunted third strike; had Ramon Hernandez swung away, surely it would have been a hit. Two bullpen blow-ups in two nights for Boston. Seems like old times. In a pinch, Rob Russell should begin quoting his April diatribes in lieu of new text, maybe even lifting entire postings.

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