Mathematically they are still alive. Realistically they're done, chasing two teams that many believe will make the playoffs. But however you look at it, the NY Mets need a spark on offense. No one can deny that they're pitching has been lights out lately, but somehow the offense which led them to be 10 games over .500 before the All Star break, has done a 180 and cost Met pitchers some games. When you are relying on your starters to continually pitch one-hitters and shut outs night in and night out, you're going nowhere.
In the words of Jerry Manuel, the offense has been "pathetic." The usually calm and patient Manuel called out his players in the post game interviews after the Mets' 3-2 loss to Houston Thursday night. Hopefully the players will respond.
This is a perfect time for the Mets to be rolling into Pittsburgh, to beat up on a hapless Pirate team, well on their way to their 18th straight losing season. As I write this, the Mets are winning 7-2 in the bottom of the 5th. The 7 runs scored by the Mets are the most scored this month, where they have not scored more than 5 runs in 18 games.
Did Jerry Manuel's words spark some intensity into the offense? That's to be seen. But if this is to be the tipping point of the Mets' season, they are going to need to score runs, and take some pressure of of Santana, Dickey and the rest of the starters. Maybe Pat Misch can finally get some run support, and thus his first win this season.
Note: It was reported today that outfielder Jason Bay may not return this season after the progression of an injury to his head almost a month ago has resulted in more complications. I'd like to extend my wishes for a full recovery, and I can't wait to see him back on the field soon.
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