On a day when the Mets banished a disappointing “outfielder” to Buffalo, the team again struggled to score. They managed a grand total of three hits off of Washington Nationals pitching, so I suppose it’s remarkable that they scored two runs.
Rookie Jordany Valdespin set hit his fifth pinch hit home run of the season, knocking Mark Carreon and Danny Heep out of the Mets’ record book. I think it’s time to see what Valdespin can do as an everyday player – we know what we’ve got with Andres Torres: he’s not very good and he probably doesn’t figure into the plans for 2013.
Now I have my doubts about Valdespin – his defense is a liability, and I worry that he’s going to swing for the fences every at-bat. But maybe I’m wrong, maybe he can be part of the solution for 2013 and beyond.
Beyond that, there was very little to get excited about Tuesday night. The Mets did have a lead for a little while, but it didn’t last. R.A. Dickey has gone back to being the solid but unspectacular pitcher most of us expected him to be this year, and he wasn’t great. But if the offense had done their job, maybe they could have bailed him out. (Probably best they didn’t. Sure, Manny Acosta, Josh Edgin and Ramon Ramirez combined for three scoreless innings – but do you really think they would have managed it if the game was tied or the Mets had a lead?)
The Mets are now three games under .500, 10.5 behind Washington and 6.0 behind in the wild card race. Tonight, the game provided some background noise while I sorted baseball cards. Tomorrow, I’ll miss the Mets while I’m at work… they’re not worth the DVR space the way they’re playing now. Thursday, I’ll tune in for Matt Harvey. After that? Who knows. My weekend will probably be spent at minor league parks, so the Mets will be followed via my phone if at all.