The New York Mets had a chance to affect a playoff race last night. Atlanta had been swept by the Philadelphia Phillies this week; if the Mets had sent the Braves on to St. Louis with a couple more losses, the Cardinals would have had a chance to climb back into the wild card race.
It was not to be.
Chris Schwinden made his major league debut in game one of yesterday’s doubleheader, but it was not an especially impressive one. He allowed three runs in the first inning. Then after Jason Bay hit a grand slam to get him off the hook, Schwinden gave up two more runs. He became the first Mets pitcher to get tagged with a loss in his major league debut since Aaron Heilman in 2003.
The Mets dropped game two as well. Dillon Gee pitched better than he has recently, but the game only served to show how big the talent gap is between the Mets and the top teams in the National League East.
Steve Keane of The Eddie Kranepool Society is running out of patience with Mike Pelfrey, as are many Mets fans. Whether it’s a trip to Buffalo, a trip to a new sports psychologist or a new game plan from Dan Warthen, I hope something can be done soon to help him start pitching like a major leaguer again. I don’t want to watch any more games like last night.
The Newark Bears celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the West Hudson parade on Sunday, and they’ve posted some photos on their Facebook page. It looks like everybody had a good time & Ruppert finally got himself a new jersey 🙂
The Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) unveiled their new acorn-inspired mascot Zinger, as the inflatable acorn will join the face of the franchise, Nutzy, in all aspects of fan entertainment and community involvement going forward.