Thursday, April 7, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

After getting shellacked by the Phillies, two out of three games, the Mets return to NY for their first home stand of the new season.
Facing Washington and then Colorado, I am more curious about how many empty seats we will see during this seven game home stand, than even how well the Mets will play.

I'm not sure what Terry Collins was thinking leaving Daniel Murphy in the game after pinch-hitting by putting him in left field. On the second ball hit out to left center field, he almost collided with Angel Pagan who made the catch. I really like Murphy but to put him back in the outfield where he was embarrassed and awful during Jerry Manual's managerial tenure makes NO SENSE.
I'm very disappointed in Collins and can't imagine what he was thinking. Keep these moves up, Terry and you'll be unemployed before you can say, Houston Astros.

The second game of the Phillies series had a small silver lining: the Mets have fight and came back from a seven run deficit--even though the bullpen didn't hold on and the Phils won 10-7.

Early in the final game facing Roy Halladay, the Mets had a chance to get on the scoreboard and change the complexion of the game. They failed to score, left runners on and the Phillies punished them 11-0.

It's better to score early than to play catch up from a large deficit--but that's blatantly obvious.

I'm still of the belief that Jonathan Niese is going to be a quality pitcher. Mike Pelfrey, on the other hand, is starting to worry me.

Great to hear that Ralph Kiner, the long time (now retired) voice of the Mets is going to throw out the first ball. Good move and well-deserved.

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