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Mets already down 3-0 in Game 1.  Whatever waning magic that they had left over from last season was clearly used up on the WC trip.  They're back to being the same ol Mets, with the Braves ready to show them how it's done yet again.  101 wins was fun in what was definitely a mostly entertaining regular season last year, but this team was clearly a one-year wonder, as far as that kind of prosperity goes.  Maybe the Mets can manage 90 wins and a wild card berth in 2023, if enough goes right.  Just goes to show that you can only pay so many mercs who are coming for the paychecks but feel no real connection to the organization...gotta build from within.  We'll see if the Mets can develop some young starting arms in the next few seasons, and if Baty, Alvarez and others can nail down spots.  But this current group's best chance was last year.  It came and went.

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So of course loser-in-training Alonso whiffs with a chance to fully get the Mets back into the game (this guy is Wright all over again, he'll have some terrific glamour-number seasons for sure, but forget him coming up big when you REALLY need it), his team settles for just one run in what looked like a promising inning, and the Braves immediately get that run back and then some.  Mets now trailing 6-1.  SAME OL METS.

A whiff, a meek pop-up, and another whiff.  Way to answer back fellas.

Gotta admit, after watching how the Devils show up every game (even when the results aren't there, which wasn't that often), and seeing how they battle and fight, I have very little patience for a Mets team that seems to be fighting a World Series hangover despite not having won a friggin' thing.

 

Guess Pete heard me...three-run jack to pull the Mets to within two runs.  

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Well they've made it a fight...now 6-5.  But they keep coming up short enough to take a lead.

Gotta give Strider some credit, clearly wasn't fully on his game, but found a way to gut out two more innings despite needing 107 pitches to get through five.  deGrom was like that, in that on days when he didn't have his best stuff, he'd find a way to give you 5-7 innings.  Too bad he can't go more than a couple of starts without feeling some kind of twinge somwhere.

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And there's the difference between the Mets and Braves...one team finds a way and comes up big when it has to, the other one will ultimately not do enough.  

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5 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said:

LOL at least Max and Justin are finally going to come back this week, just in time for that breathtaking series with the Tigers

Braves pen seems almost eager to keep throwing another log on the fire just when it looks like it's about to burn out.  

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20 runners left on base by the Mets today.

OK, down by two, bottom of the ninth.

Alonso whiffs (I know he has 11 HR and 28 RBI through 28 games but man it sure doesn't FEEL that way)

McNeil lines out.

Escobar hits a dinger, Mets within one.

And of course, the Mets find a way to come up short.  Baty lines out to end the game.

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11 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

20 runners left on base by the Mets today.  

That’s gotta be some kind of record or close to it. In theory you can only leave three on base in an inning, so 27 would be the absolute max possible in a nine inning game.

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3 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said:

That’s gotta be some kind of record or close to it. In theory you can only leave three on base in an inning, so 27 would be the absolute max possible in a nine inning game.

Mets now 1-6 in their last seven...that's the kind of slump that they managed to avoid pretty much all season last year.  Feels like a much different team right now.  

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That 101 win regular season was such a blast.  Clearly gonna be a different story this year.

No more aging mercs please.  Time to go in a different direction.  

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4 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said:

Swept by the Tigers with Max and Verlander pitching, oof

Yeah I know I've said it a bunch but I'm done with the merc thing.  This team is on its way to becoming the late 90s - early 00s New York Rangers...guys who had better days elsewhere coming here for paydays based off who they were rather than who they are.  With an embarrassing payroll to boot.  

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Yeah looks like there might very well be a sequel to The Worst Team Money Can Buy in the works.  Just glad that the Devils have my undivided attention at the moment.  The Mets are just awful.  

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Sanchez's slash the last two seasons:  .205/.294/.399  93 OPS+

I get it, he was released for a reason, and it cost nothing in assets to bring him in, but does anyone see him doing much of anything?

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2 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said:

Speaking of warm bodies

 

As much as I know that just about ANYONE who is paid to hurl pitches at a guy squatting behind home plate can go down with god-knows-what these days...maybe now the Mets can stop with signing oldsters to insane (albeit short-term) deals?  I won't get on the Mets for giving it a whirl, but please, no more of this.  I don't need these mercs coming here for one last payday with their best years spent with other teams who didn't pay nearly as much for actual PRIME years.

And also enough with Peterson and Megill.  Those guys are not long-term solutions...they're both rolls of the dice.  For every 2-3 good outings they might have, there will 3-4 lousy ones.  

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