Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 4/8/13
Let's start off with what might be construed as an inconvenient truth: It took way, way, waaaaaaaaay too much work to take two out of three from the Miami Marlins, or as Eddie calls them, Giancarlo and the Blowfish. They're terrible, and they showed it again today in a game that most teams would have had in their hip pocket against the Mets. But because their left fielder has had his arm insured by Lloyd's Of Ronzoni, their third baseman picked the moment where Kirk Nieuwenhuis was standing still 45 feet from first base to not pay attention, and their manager turned Marlon Byrd into Wade Boggs by bringing the infield in, the Mets got their first "whew, that was almost a disaster" victory as Byrd drove in two runs in the ninth to give the Mets a stirring 4-3 victory. Now, you want to bring up Jose Fernandez as proof the Marlins aren't as bad as we think they are? First off, imagine if a Met pitcher making his major league debut had the first pitch he ever threw in the majors out of play, and also had the audacity to name his breaking ball like Ricky Vaughn. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino would leave their teams and fly to Citi Field just so they can look on disapprovingly. And Mike Francesa would be busy sharpening an axe, his tongue, and a discarded Diet Coke bottle to eviscerate this pitcher on the radio. But Jose Fernandez, well he already has a Yankeeography in the works (which will debut a year earlier thanks to Loria bringing him up to start the season.) I hope the ball that Marlon Byrd hit which cost Fernandez his first major league win will also find its way on Jose's mantle. Second, I'm not entirely sure that the Mets had trouble with "The Defector" because their retinas were already burned to a crisp from those uniforms they were wearing: And the third point, which may or may not be in direct contrast to the second point, is that if Aaron Laffey was facing the Mets, a team notorious for laying eggs against pitchers either making their major league debut or have already made the meteoric descent from prospect to suspect, we might be putting Laffey in the Hall of Fame right now. But Aaron Laughy™, who is stretching himself out for even longer outings than the one you saw today, was on the Mets' side today. And his ten hits in 4.1 innings earned him another start. Joyous. But if this Mets win proved anything, it's that you can't make snap judgments. Ruben Tejada was instrumental with his defense and baserunning. Greg Burke, Scott Rice, and LaTroy Hawkins bounced back from Friday's nonsense to have solid outings in relief of Laughy. It's incredible how some people gave up on them after the fourth game of the season. Here's a sample of the vitriolic spew: "Ruben, who was as solid as they come defensively last season, has been anything but this season. Terry Collins tried to defend him in the post game newser when he said something to the effect of "well he's so good we're shocked when he does something wrong." I got news for you TC, he's been atrocious defensively since the last few games of spring training, eliminating the possibility that he's simply "cold out there". So no, you shouldn't be shocked. I don't know what exactly you should be, because when your shortstop can't field all of a sudden it's like watching a loved one fall off a cliff ... there's nothing you can do except wave goodbye." "But it isn't like the bullpen helped at all after that. Everything the Marlins hit in that seventh inning off of Greg Burke and Scott Rice were freakin' ropes. I'm starting to figure out that there might have been a reason that these two were in the minor leagues for a combined 83 years. That isn't even mentioning LaTroy Hawkins and the laser show the Marlins lit up the sky with off him in the ninth inning." It's stuff like that which drives me nuts. Complaining about guys after the fourth game of the season. Egads, can't everybody just calm down and ... Wait, I wrote that? Umm ... Uhh ...  
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