Following a night of offensive ineptitude and pitching brilliance from young Matt Harvey, Terry Collins sent out yet another "rag tag" lineup to face Jake Peavy and the White Sox in the finale of this quick 2 game inter-league series at Cit Field last night. The offensive results were not quite as bad as the lack of support provided for Harvey on Tuesday evening with the Mets getting a Lucas Duda homer and banging out an impressive (for them) 8 hits in scoring 3 whole runs while dropping a 6-3 decision. The real problem and question on the minds of many Mets fans (in addition to the absolute ridiculousness of seeing yet another lineup that included the likes of minor leaguers like Mike Baxter and Jordanny Valdespin) was "Why can't Harvey pitch every game"?
The lack of any significant off season action to improve the pitching staff as well as an abject failure to make a "real" effort to acquire a free agent such as Michael Bourn will continue to haunt this team for the foreseeable future.
Despite the proclamations from management that there is some "financial flexibility" available to improve the club, this front office and manager continue to go through the motions of being a "professional" organization.
That's enough ranting for one morning.
FYI . Today is my one month post op visit with the neuro surgeon who performed my laminectomy (BTW this surgeon is a cousin of Yankees (former Red Sox) 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis). In any case, I'm hoping to be released to do more activity and exercise so I can enjoy the baseball summer here in St. Louis, starting with the Mets 4 game set beginning on Monday at Busch.
The Cards managed to forge a split with the hated Cubbies at Wrigley yesterday, aided by four double plays and a ninth save in 9 opportunities for Edward Mujica (hmm the Cards make moves with a limited budget). Oh and Carlos Beltran (remember him?) had a pair of RBI.
New York will open a 4 game set with the Pirates in a series which according to Collins, will be very "important" for the "struggling" Ike Davis and his continued role with the team. We shall see !