There is a lot of talk about Johan Santana not going nine. Yes, I would have liked for him to have fought for that ball.
The Mets played formula baseball last night and the odds were in their favor. It just didn’t work out.
There were a lot of little things that happened that added up to a loss and Santana not going nine is a SMALL part of it.
-There were two horrible decisions by third base coach Luis Aguayo.
-They left men on base again.
-Jose Reyes blew the play at second.
They didn’t have Billy Wagner. So what?
If you are going to prioritize, start with Duaner Sanchez, who disappeared on the mound and tried to sneak away later.
His job was to get three outs before giving up three runs. He didn’t do it.
His performance after the game was weak, too.
While we were in with Manuel, he tried to slip away. We got him in the hallway. I don’t even know if he showered.
Say what you will about Wagner, but when he gives it up he takes the questions later. So does Mariano Rivera. So does any player with stones.
He tried to slip away. He answered questions because he was caught, not because he is stand-up.
Then he says he made good pitches, but didn’t get the results. Sorry, you can’t say you make good pitches if you don’t get anybody out.
It takes a certain mentality to be a closer, and Sanchez doesn’t have it.
All losses are a team effort. But sometimes some guys contribute to defeat more than others. Sanchez was a big time contributor last night.