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Expected losses

I’ve reached the point where it no longer bothers me when the Mets lose. I expect it.

I tuned in tonight to watch Matt Harvey‘s final start of 2012, because he’s one of the few players on the team that I actually still want to see. But before I even got the TV turned on, Harvey had already given up a leadoff home run to Jimmy Rollins. I figured he’d lose 1-0.

But the Mets surprised me. Ruben Tejada singled and actually stole a base in the third inning. Daniel Murphy got a hit to drive him in, and Harvey was off the hook. David Wright added a solo homer in the sixth, and it seemed like Harvey might get his fourth win of the season.

Bobby Parnell followed Harvey’s seven superb innings with a scoreless eighth. With Frank Francisco unavailable to pitch the ninth, Terry Collins turned to Josh Edgin and it seemed like he’d get his first major league save when he struck out the first two batters he faced.

But then it was time for our first half flashback, when the bullpen was the primary cause of frustrating losses instead of a complete absence of offense.

Chase Utley walked. Ryan Howard made a baseball disappear into the right field stands.

Game over, but not before Bob Davidson and Jordany Valdespin had an opportunity to embarrass themselves on a third strike call in the bottom of the ninth.

At least the fans who went to the game shouldn’t have had a problem getting out of the ballpark after it was all over.

Don’t look now – the Marlins are only one game behind the Mets. The race to the bottom might be one that the Mets can win.

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