Monday, September 05, 2005

Custer Thought They Were Friendly Indians Too!

What is most frustrating about trying to make sense of the Mets complete ineptitude in Atlanta is this: At least in Yankee Stadium you could have blamed ghosts (until October of 2004 when a bunch of idiots slayed them for good).

Who do you blame at Ted Turner Field?

Colorized midgets from "The Wizard of Oz"?

The ghost of Kent Mercker?

Prayer at the altar of Mike Bielecki's cleats?

No, the Mets come complete with their own "ghosts of Turner Field". No assembly required, batteries not included. Some restrictions may apply, mileage may vary, and of course...ALL SALES ARE FINAL!

If the Mets don't come up big, all sales will indeed be final.

Monday: Steve Trachsel (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. John Thomson (3-4, 4.80 ERA)
Tuesday: Pedro Martinez (13-6, 2.90 ERA) vs. John Smoltz (13-6, 3.02 ERA)
Wednesday: Tom Glavine (10-12, 4.00 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (12-7, 3.38 ERA)

The bats need to git goin' (is that how they say it down south?) That's the only way. Yeah, Trachsel aced his start this season, but if Trachsel comes back down to earth (which a reasonable lad would have to expect), he needs cushion. In fact, all of the Mets starters need cushion. Not a lot, but just enough so that the rotation doesn't have to be perfect to get by.

John Thomson was a Met in 2002. Do you remember? I remember being in a bar for John Thomson's first Met start, against Arizona. I remember Thomson being absolutely the point of being Charlie Brown where line drives strip him down to his skivvies.

So I drank. And I drank some more.

I quickly forgot about Thomson.

Now of course, he's a Brave...and he's 5-0 against the Mets since he left...and 4-0 against them since becoming a Brave (who isn't?) I can't get John Thomson out of my head. The Mets season is hinging on beating this guy...not to mention a couple of slugs named Smoltz and Hudson.

In Atlanta.

Talk about the cards being stacked against you...oh sorry, they're after the Braves.


Mets Beast said...

i dont remember it to well, but i went to a doubleheader involving the mets and dbacks back in 2002, and the first game i think was al leiter bobble head day lol... then thomson pitched the second game and yes, got rocked lol

Kyle in Newport News said...

It's just not right to put that picture on your blog, Metstradamus. Surely, you realize that few things in life are more beautiful than a woman in a baseball jersey -- but oh, the choice of jersey! To display four women in Atlanta Braves jerseys is like giving the rat the electric shock as you feed him the cheese. It's just not right.

However, that picture reminded me of a page from my 1994 Tides program, which was the raciest thing my twelve-year-old self had ever seen. I've scanned it just for you and your readers:

erik love said...

To display four women in Atlanta Braves jerseys is like giving the rat the electric shock as you feed him the cheese. It's just not right.

I like that one...Mind if I use it?

Met$tra, is your brove net thing correct? You've gotten 27,000 hit's?

Kyle in Newport News said...


Use anything you like. A few pieces of circumstantial evidence suggest that you are also erik from the bx over at Amazin' Avenue, who said the other day that he might use a comment I made about Castro stealing home that evening on WFAN. If you are indeed him, could you explain your involvement with WFAN? Are you a broadcaster, or a concerned caller? Is there an open line for witty quips a certain night each week? I am, obviously, quite far from New York, so any explanation of how Mets-related things go down there is exciting to me.

Metstradamus said...

e-love, It's only at 17,000+

Metstradamus said...

kyle, the girl in the middle looks like one of those statues from the wax museum.

Kyle in Newport News said...

Metstra, I've been thinking something like that for eleven years. You're so right on.

jdon said...

great blog--i love it. Willie is an idiot. Perhaps only an idiot during the game, that is all I ever see. I have been watching Trachs for 4 or 5 years now. I like him--but he is a .500 pitcher and you do not send him out to pitch to the middle of the Brave batting order for the fourth time in a game. You count yourself lucky that he went 7 innings for 2 runs and you put it in the book. Man--one of the many pitches in his repertoire has always been the gopher ball. Truthfully I would have pinch hit for him in the seventh. None of the Met pitchers except for Glavine can get a bunt down--which, by the way, is another indictment of Willie. I guess we just are going to have to learn to win with the two runs we score every game. But that still doesn't let Willie off the hook. Has he ever actually observed pitchers in their natural habitat? He looks clueless to me. Before the year is out we will see Takatsu try to close a game. Oh sorry, I forgot that predictions are your department.

Mets Guy in Michigan said...

Freaking Chipper Jones. I HATE Freaking Chipper Jones.

Joe said...

Do we even need to say who the hate list is dedicated to tomorrow?

Metstradamus said...

jdon, thanks. Yes, it was a strange move.

Dave and Joe, nope, there's no question as to the hate list for 9/6/2005.