Sunday, June 21, 2009

Looks Like Bob Is Throwing Them Hard ... And Straight

In a world where nothing is ever as it seems, you can count on three things to be certain in life:

You will die.

You will pay taxes or go to jail avoiding them.

Pat Burrell will play a part in your demise.

And when Bobby Parnell is in the midst of a patch as rough as this, you can be sure that Burrell will be there to take advantage. Oh, he could be wearing a different uniform. He could have a goatee that makes him look like Richard Karn. He could be visiting your new ballpark instead of the old one that he liked to haunt for so long. But it doesn't matter ... because when you root for the Mets, you have no choice but to experience two of life's certainties rolled into one: Death by Burrell.

Burrell merely started the rally off of the slumping Parnell that B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria finished off in the seventh. But you knew he would be involved in some capacity. Parnell just proved the theory that pitches may be fast, but the straight ones go faster towards the wall.

And before we go all "oh great, the offense finally delivered and the pitching falls apart", let's remember that one run was scored on a wild pitch, one run was scored on a base hit by Mike Pelfrey, one run was scored on a fielder's choice by Gary Sheffield, and another three run dinger by Babe Schneider. Yeah, the runs count ... but how many of them were legit? How long is the public supposed to depend on wild pitches and base hits by pitchers and Schneider pretending he's some sort of slugger?

Did you realize, as I didn't until today, that Mets catchers have driven in more runs than any other group of catchers in the league? Seriously? Do they get, like, the William M. Jennings trophy for that? Oh, there's no award for that? Let's invent one:

"The Ron Hodges Trophy."

More telling is that the Mets have gotten more RBI from the catcher position than any other position. What that tells, and who it tells of, I don't know. But it can't be good. So how's about Omar Minaya work the phones and get an honest to goodness run producer before the Phillies realize they're not as bad as they've been this week. Just an idea.

(Editor's note: You know what will happen now, right? Omar will try to acquire Burrell ... and the next sound you'll hear will be Metstradamus banging his head against the wall.)


King Metropolitan said...

After being at yesterday's game, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Schneider's HR wasn't going to seal the deal.

I don't know what this team needs, but they're sinking faster than the Titanic. I'm also tired of people saying, "Well, it's fortunate that the Phillies are going down the tubes with them" -- how does that matter? At the end of the day, the Mets are still in second place (although it feels like they're in last place with the way they've been playing) and fading as quickly as the Phillies.

What's going on right now is just a precursor to September; the Phillies will pick up the pieces, and unfortunately, I don't have that much faith in the Mets to do the same.

Keyser said...

One note about the fact that the Mets catchers leading the league and the team in RBIs. I think it reflects the fact that 1) The top of the lineup is not getting on 2) The middle of the order (Beltran, Wright) is not hitting for power and 3) The middle of the order (Beltran and Wright again) IS getting on base at such a high rate that inevitably the bottom of the order will pile up RBIs even if they are otherwise average.

tommy_calzone said...

"You will pay taxes or go to jail avoiding them."

Unless you are in the Obama administration, of course.

Good thing "change" is here......

Oh look!
Beltran has leg issues again.