07.22.08

Mets Pen, Aguayo Conspire To Deliver Gift To Philly, Piss Away Two Weeks Of Goodwill

Posted in Baseball at 11:20 pm by

Phillies 8, Mets 6

It was a night that began with great promise (mostly the promise of a long ride on the 7 train and a brutal hangover) ; two teams sharing the NL East lead, battling on a muggy July evening, a marquee mismatch of Johan Santana vs. newly acquired Joe Blanton on the cards.  The former was typically solid, mostly breezing thru 8 innings (2 runs, 8 hits, one HR allowed to Shane Victorino, 4 K’s) while the latter was taken deep by a golfing Carlos Delgado and a bleacher-denting Ramon Castro.

While it only took Santana to subdue the visitors over the course of 8 innings, it required no fewer than 4 Mets relievers to stagger their way through a disastrous 9th, with only mop-up relegated Aaron Heilman escaping unscathed.  When the dust cleared, the trio of Duaner Sanchez, Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano had blown a 5-2 lead, allowed 6 runs on 5 hits, a couple of ‘em to such Hall Of Fame worthy candidates as Carlos Ruiz (.210) and So Taguchi.

The latter was an appropriate participant given this was arguably the most disheartening Mets loss since Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.  Certainly, it was their biggest game since Tom Glavine failed to get out of the first inning against Florida on the last day of the ’07 regular season.  And while we’ve got ten weeks of baseball remaining, ’tis tough at this hour not to consider the Phillies the more resilient of the pair.  Much will be made of the Mets’ relief corps sucking up a storm Tuesday evening in the wake of Billy Wagner’s indisposal, but we all know Country Time could have done this much damage all by his lonesome.

Prior to the Mets’ unmitigated choke job, third base coach Luis Aguayo invited Endy Chavez to be gunned down at the plate on two seperate occasions — once in the third inning after Pat Burrell quickly retrieved a David Wright liner into the left-field corner, later in the 7th when Jayson Werth made a tremendous throw after scooping up a Wright single.  In both instances there were none out, and only the second play was particularly close.

This was one of the more hostile scenes at Shea in recent memory — and that’s including the soundman turning off Chris Russo’s microphone during “Allentown” last week.  It might be an overstatement to say Jerry Manuel’s honeymoon came to a crashing halt tonight, but there’s no way to exaggerate how big a lift Santana had provided in his most important start as Met, much as there’s no point in diminishing how his efforts were wasted by the bullpen’s ineptitude.  I don’t have a huge problem with Manuel refusing to allow Santana to go beyond 105 pitches, but if ownership and Omar Minaya wish to cling to the pretense this is a championship-caliber ballclub, they’re gonna have to find some relief help by the trade deadline.  Maybe Billy Taylor can come out of retirement.

13 Responses to “Mets Pen, Aguayo Conspire To Deliver Gift To Philly, Piss Away Two Weeks Of Goodwill”

  1. Marc says:

    Didn’t Billy also miss a couple of key Phillies games last season with a dead arm?

  2. GC says:

    it’s despicable that you’d even hint the consummate teammate would intentionally duck Jayson Werth.

  3. Jason Cohen says:

    Since I opted for a “Daily Show” DVR backlog after the 8th inning — I got through an entire episode before switching back to the surprising sight of Phillies batter #10 — does that mean I can’t watch tomorrow night’s game? (Come to think of it, no one should answer that except for Chuck.)

  4. GC says:

    I think the top of the 9th is almost over.

  5. john says:

    Pedro Feliciano was not the correct answer with the tying run on second.

    I’ve only attended two Mets-Phils games in my life: tonight and the Wagner-Schoenweiss explosion last June 7. So it was probably my fault, sorry.

  6. Jason Cohen says:

    One of my phellow Phillies phans (I never get tired of that, sue me) responds to your entry thusly:

    This could be one hell of rivalry, with fans on both sides taking turns jumping off bridges. “Gawwwwdd. We suck!” “No! *We* suck!”

  7. @jasoncohen Too true. This rivalry makes me wish for simpler times, when the Phils and Mets sucked and the Braves just ran away with it.

  8. Rog says:

    I saw a couple of white, suburban, obnoxious Phills phans drunk at 11am on the train last weekend (they were a whole week early for the Mets’ game so they’re obviously very committed) and I seriously wanted to beat the phuck out of them. Holy shit, I hate those people! Now I know how Tampa fans feel about RSN.

  9. David Roth says:

    No fucking comment. It’s been nearly a year since I yelled “put in Heilman” at my TV set, but once Pedro Feliciano started totally looking like he wanted to cry, I said it. I didn’t yell it. I didn’t have the energy at that point.

    I HATE taking Santana out, too. I mean, it’s reasonable to expect that even the three worst guys in most major league bullpens would get three outs before giving up six runs, but…ugh. Ugly stuff. Unless you’re Jason Cohen or Chuck Meehan or, I don’t know, Steve Jeltz.

  10. GC says:

    it’s all part of Manuel’s elaborate strategy to preserve Schoeneweis….for long relief on Wednesday.

    I heard Stephen A. on ESPN this morning castigate Jose Reyes as “a shell of his former self”. Maybe it’s Reyes that oughta hire the William Morris Agency. I realize his 9th inning gaffe made Joe Smith look worse than he deserved, but Jose’s numbers at the plate this year compare pretty favorably to any other leadoff hitter in the league.

  11. Marc says:

    I want someone to bean Jimmy Rollins tonight. I’m sick of his intangible swagger and someone has to protect the house that Kevin Mitchell built.

  12. Chuck Meehan says:

    Jason- I cheated last night after Blanton gave up the 2nd jack of the night. With a 5-1 deficit coupled with a low pitch-count from Johan, I bailed, only to comeback when there were 2 men on in the ninth. Your friend does make a point about the rivalry being as much as the games go down to the wire and are exciting, most of these showdowns do often end up as both teams trying to hand each other the game.

  13. Marc says:

    Isn’t Houston Street available? Can’t we get some of that A’s loving that every other team seems to get every few years? How about Street-for-a-bajillion-dollars-plus-a-player-to-be-named-Heilman? Or something?

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