Monday, August 16, 2004

When Bad Teams Collide! 

By no means am I implying that the Mets are as bad as the Diamondbacks. But the Mets looked like the D-Backs in the Diamondbacks' 2-0 victory Sunday. In part that had something (OK, a lot) to do with Randy Johnson, who struck out 14 and gave up just 5 hits in 8 1/3 innings. But there were also some failures (or non-plays) defensively for the Mets, like Terrero's seeing-eye ground ball in the 7th to score the D-Backs' second run. And then there was Mike Cameron who for some reason in the bottom of the 7th attempted to steal third. With his team trailing 2-0. It was a close play; it certainly could have gone the other way, but Mets manager Art Howe wailed enough that 3rd base umpire Andy Fletcher tossed him.

Don't get me wrong, the D-Backs looked D-Back-like themselves -- Terrero getting tossed out at 3rd trying to steal himself; the fact that the D-Backs scored just 2 runs on 10 hits. But it was nice to have Greg Aquino come into the game with 1 out in the 9th and, instead of collapsing and ruining another fine outing from Randy, getting a force out and a strikeout.

(Oh, there's no way that there were 36,590 fans at that game. I'm sure the rain drove away many fans, but perhaps it's true that the camera adds 10,000 fans...)

All in all, much more pleasant to write about that game than the 4-3 loss Saturday, highlighted by the fact that Edgar Gonzalez pitched comparatively well and, in the game of Diamondback Pitching Roulette, earned himself at least a couple more starts. We think.

Of course, other pitchers are now on the hook, with manager Al Pedrique now saying that Stephen Randolph will get a start "sooner rather than later." I'm not terribly enthused by this -- I would rather see Gonzalez and Cormier get more experience and see whether or not Fossum can have any future with the D-Backs. Maybe Randolph will be the inverse of Elmer Dessens -- very dicey in a relief situation, but competent in a starting role. That's the hope I'm going with, anyway.

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