What can we say about this bullpen that hasn’t already been said?
I see the frustration in the postings.
This was the 29th blown save this season. Jerry Manuel certainly knows he’s trying to get this done with mirrors out in the pen, so he’s just trying to find the best matchups. He has a lot of relievers, and yet the options keep betraying him. He chose to blame the offense for not tacking on runs, thereby putting extra stress on the relievers. He said that needs to change. The bats are indeed a strength and this team needs to score a lot to make up for what may happen when the relievers enter. But six runs should still be enough. Carlos Beltran didn’t appreciate the offense being blamed; you can sense his frustration with the bullpen. Carlos Delgado had another immense game, but this was just a horrendous loss, and a horrendous loss of a series against an injury-riddled 69-87 team.
But all isn’t lost yet. As David Wright said, the Mets still in control of their fate, up by 1 1/2 over the Brewers in the wild card. The Cubs are coming for four, and Wright said he hopes Lou Piniella rests his regulars since they have already clinched. Jon Niese gets the ball tonight, and the rookie did throw eight shutout innings against the Braves in his last start. I spoke to him about the coming start:
“Last start helped me out for sure,” he said. “I think I’ve got some more confidence in my ability to pitch at the big-league level. I want to carry the last game over to my next start.
“I know that every game that we play from now until the end of the season is important. I’ll just do whatever I can to help the team.”
OK, I’ll be traveling home from here in Atlanta Monday. You can read the unhappy recap of the game and the postgame quotes in The Journal News or at LoHud.com.
Seven games to go. Do you think they’re going to make it?