A tense afternoon and evening is over for the Mets after their 7-3 loss to the Marlins. Willie Randolph admitted: “I’m happy it’s over.”
The Mets tried to put the onus on themselves after losing for the seventh time in eight games. David Wright had the most stern words:
â€œWeâ€™ve dug ourselves a hole. Weâ€™re going to see what weâ€™re made of,â€ Wright said. â€œWe can either continue to play mediocre baseball and just play out the rest of the season or we can man up and get the job done. We have the talent to do it. We have the personalities to do it. Now we have to stop talking about it and go out and do it.â€
One culprit tonight who must improve is Mike Pelfrey. His line (4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HB) is abysmal. “I was terrible,” he said. That about sums it up. Of note, all six runs off Pelfrey were scored with two outs.
Randolph wouldn’t address what he spoke to the team about in the preseries meeting I mentioned earlier. However, it appears the manager addressed his uncertain situation for the first time. Jose Reyes said Randolph told them to “stay focused” amid the turmoil…I guess tomorrow’s another day for that.
Again, Johan Santana will take the mound in another must-win ballgame. My question for the overnight: I know Johan’s paid to stop slumps, but how often do they plan on leaving a slump in his lap?
That’s a lot of pressure for anyone, even for one of the best (if not the very best) in the sport.