Even when the 2016 Mets play a close game and score some runs they find a way to lose.
Slower Than Duda: Let’s start with the lead story. It was 6-5 Tigers heading into the 9th inning. With two outs, Jay Bruce and Alejandro De Aza hit back to back singles. Then Travis d’Arnaud singled to right field and slow ass Jay Bruce was gunned down at the plate by J.D. Martinez.
He’s Ready To Die: Terry Collins never challenged the play at the plate. Sure Bruce looked out, and he’s incredibly slow. But Collins after the game basically became hostile about the non-challenge. I said this weeks ago, but Collins is ready to die (i.e. ready to be fired). He’s an idiot for not challenging. Challenging is the manager’s way to go down with a fight. By not challenging, Terry essentially waved the white flag. And if our manager is waving the white flag then he might as well wave it on the entire damn season. Terry either doesn’t understand the rules or doesn’t care to play by them anymore.
He’s Ready To Die Part 2: Terry dug his own grave with the horrendous lineup he fielded at the start of the game. Ty Kelly in left field and Rene Rivera at DH? We’re really voluntarily playing horrendous hitters and justifying it because of lefty/right splits? I don’t care that Ty Kelly had two hits in the game. I also don’t care who is pitching for the opposition. You cannot play your light hitting backup catcher at DH. TC is losing his marbles folks.
Verrett/Niese Flip-A-Dip: Logan Verrett is terrible and gave up 6 runs over 3.2 innings. He walked 2 and gave up 7 hits. I said yesterday you would see a bad Verrett start and Niese in relief because it was the lock of the century. Verrett stinks and Jon Niese or some minor leaguer will probably be the new 5th starter after that horrendous performance.
The 2016 Scapegoat Narrative: Before the season, I predicted the Mets would win the 2016 World Series. So I obviously have no idea what I’m talking about. But I completely nailed the 2016 Mets pre-season Scapegoat predictions. I nailed Yoenis Cespedes and #GolfGate #HustleGate #SmokingGate. I nailed Neil Walker taking some blame because he never truly replaced Murph in the eyes of the fans. I failed to predict the Daniel Murphy MVP season, but I’m pretty sure nobody on the planet predicted this Murph season. I nailed TC getting tons of blame once the season went south. I even had Matt Harvey on my list. I didn’t predict his injury, but rest assured his absence will be cited as one of the reasons for the Mets 2016 failure. The only thing I missed was the Mets being the worst hitting team with runners in scoring position in the history of baseball. Whoops!
Today: Let’s see if Jacob deGrom can help us get one freaking win.