Originally written on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Just when I thought I was completely numb to the Mets' inadequacies, they go and infuriate me with a loss like this one. The 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night was absolutely disgusting.

Leaving all those men in scoring position by this Mets lineup was bad enough. And the fact that this lineup has gotten shut out in three of their last six games is frustrating. But that last pitching sequence from Josh Edgin to Jay Bruce was abominable. First off, the first two runners of the inning were put on by Manny Acosta, who took the loss. The fact that he's still on this team tells you all you need to know about the lack of depth in this organization. I'm done with him and his scoreless innings when the Mets are losing by five and then coming into a tie game and pulling this garbage, putting two runners on in a tie game in the ninth and not getting anybody out. I've had it.

But then Edgin comes in to face Jay Bruce. Ron Darling, from the start of the at-bat kept saying, be careful with that slider. Be careful where you put it. So he throws a fastball inside, gets a strike on the outer half, gets Bruce to foul off a fastball inside, throws a slider inside that's fouled off, another fastball inside that's fouled off, and then a slider on the inner half that's crushed foul to the right side. Five fastballs, two hard sliders, and pretty much everything on the inner half. Darling at this point, again, warns: be careful where you put the slider, or throw a fastball at his eyes. Edgin had him set up for a strikeout which would have made him look silly. At the very least he could change his eye level on 1-2 with a high fastball to set him up for a 2-2 pitch anywhere you want. What does Edgin do? He throws a fastball right down pipe which Bruce crushed for the game winning three run dinger.

I mean, you can't get more down the pipe than this. Bruce was all over it:


This, children, is exhibit A why Dan Warthen needs to be fired immediately if not sooner. I had a hard time watching both of the coverages deciphering whether Josh Thole was looking into the dugout to get the pitches from Warthen. But it really doesn't matter. Because if Warthen called that pitch, he should be fired. If Thole called that pitch, he should be sent down to the minors to work on game calling. And Warthen should be fired for letting Thole call pitches for a guy who's been in the majors 15 minutes, and calling the pitches from the bench for a guy who's been in the league 13 years (seriously, no wonder Byrdak was pissed). It's Baseball F*cking 101. Too many times there are waste pitches after two strikes. Edgin was six pitches into the at-bat. If ever there was time for a waste pitch, this was it! 

But no. Bruce, who had four hits and 12 strikeouts in his previous seven games and two more strikeouts on Tuesday, gets a pitch to hit and he crushed it to left field. And I knew it was coming. As the zeroes on the scoreboard piled up, I knew the Mets were going to have another awful soul-crushing moment much like the one Joe Randa authored against Braden Looper in '05. Of course, it happened. And it was easily, for me, the most infuriating loss of the season because this could have been avoided with ... not even expert coaching. Basic common sense from the guy calling the pitches would have extended this game at least another out. But pitch selection and sequence this season, more than every other season ... sucks. It simply sucks. Josh Edgin to Jay Bruce was Exhibit A. A for Awful.

And hey, guess what: no quotes available from Warthen who more than likely called the f*cking pitch.


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