Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Yes, I'm Worried (Just in Case You're Wondering)
Last night, as I flipped between a (fabulous) episode of Gossip Girl and the Mets game v. the Nationals, I started feeling that awful sense of doom that I felt for the last two weeks of last season. After losing 2 of 3 to the lowly Braves,- they led late in both of those losses, by the way- I saw Pedro pitch a mediocre game. I saw the offense disappear. I saw Duaner Sanchez make a surmountable deficit insurmountable. I saw David Wright (et tu, David?) hit into an inning-ending double play with a bases-loaded threat and the team down by 5 runs. That's when I put on The Closer. Hmm, maybe Brenda Lee Johnson should suit up for the boys from Queens and end games for them. They sure could use her because Schoenewies, Ayala and Sanchez have all screwed things up in the last 3 games.
Did I mention that this all happened at the same time as a Phillies 4-game sweep of the Brewers? This sweep has put those two teams in a tie for the Wild Card, but even worse, it has brought the Phillies to a half game behind the Mets. Here we go again? Maybe yes and maybe no, but I'm definitely worried. If the Mets don't make the playoffs this year, I will (kinda, sorta, not really) be able to take comfort in the fact that it was kind of a struggle all season long and their lead was not nearly as big. However, before this weekend's series, the Mets had a 3.5 game lead over the Phillies, their biggest all season.
So here we are: There are 13 games left in the regular season, 9 of which are against non-contending teams from the NL East and there are 4 huge games against the Cubs in a possible (hopeful) playoff preview. The Phillies have 12 games left, all of which are against the non-contending teams in the NL East. The schedule on paper favors the Phillies, but last year the Mets had an 'easy' schedule down the stretch too.
Tonight, Mike Pelfrey will try to save the day (the season?) by having a solid outing, hoping that the hitters back him up and that he can pitch the whole game. This is still against the Nationals, remember, the worst team in baseball.
Good God, please don't let them screw this up...