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A week to forget, and maybe a turnaround game for the Mets

Aaron Laffey
Aaron Laffey was designated for assignment after contributing to Saturday’s Mets loss (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Last week was one that I’m sure most of the Mets would like to forget. They were snowed out twice in Colorado, and lost all three games they did play. The bullpen mostly lived down to its worst-in-the-majors stats. Greg Burke and Aaron Laffey didn’t make it through the week on the major league roster, and it would be hard to find anyone who wasn’t related to them that’s unhappy about that.

Sure, Matt Harvey‘s better, but he can’t pitch every day. Through their first 16 games, the Mets were 7-1 when he or Jonathon Niese started and 1-7 when anyone else did.

But maybe things are starting to turn around. On Sunday, Dillon Gee earned his first win of the season and pitched into the sixth. He turned in a strong five innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six and walking none. (He seemed to tire in the sixth when he walked three, but Terry Collins had a quick enough hook that it didn’t prove disastrous.)

The bullpen caused people to reach for their antacid of choice – particularly lefty specialist Scott Rice who walked lefty batter Denard Span after allowing a leadoff single – but thanks to Jayson Werth‘s over-eagerness at the plate, the Mets prevailed.

Maybe today is the start of something big. More likely, it was just a nice win for us to enjoy before heading back to the grind of another work week.

The Mets continue their homestand against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies; neither team is playing particularly well. Let’s hope the Mets can take advantage.