Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 4/21/13
You may recall Scott Boras had remarked that the Mets were shopping in the freezer section for free agents. And when the Mets signed Aaron Laffey, the analogy fit. But we weren't sure of the extent of it. Well now we know. Aaron Laffey isn't merely something that you get out of the frozen section of the grocery store. Laffey is that one item in everybody's freezer that has been in there for about two years that is way past its expiration date. Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. Go in your freezer. You'll find something in there that you either completely forgot about, or ate one portion of it and decided that one portion was enough. The problem is that the Mets continue to break this out, warm it up, and serve him as easily as you or I would serve good hors d'oeuvres like pigs in a blanket, or cheese puffs. And Laffey's expiration date has been blown by years ago. And what happens when you serve something to your guests that is past the expiration date? That's right, they all get sick. Yet the Mets continue to serve up Aaron Laffey to its guests at Citi Field. On Saturday, it was the fifth inning that did Laffey in as he faced five batters, got the first two out, and then a walk, a double to Bryce Harper, and a three run dinger by Adam LaRoche turned the whole game around and led to a 7-6 loss to the Washington Nationals. Probably the most disheartening aspect to what happened in the top of the fifth was that it came right on the heels of a five run fourth inning by the Mets off Gio Gonzalez. It was an unexpected bounty of runs off of a Cy Young caliber pitcher to give the Mets, and Jeremy Hefner who was serving up his own hot plate of mediocrity, the lead. But then Laffey comes in and e-colis the whole park. And it underscores just how much of a mess the Mets pitching staff is. Bad enough that Jeremy Hefner was predictable after pitching an inning on Thursday to "stay sharp". But then he gets pinch hit for in the fourth with the Mets rallying. They can't win for losing ... either the Mets rally only to have the pitcher's spot come up, or they pinch hit for him, as they did in the fifth inning on Tuesday in Game two of the doubleheader, and it blows up because the 'pen can't get it done. On Tuesday it was Aaron Laffey who was pinch hit for and screwed over by the bullpen, and this time it was Laffey doin' the screwin'. I don't know how much longer Laffey can see important innings for this team ... although we said the same thing about Miguel Batista last season and that didn't work out so well. If there was a Casey Fossum society, Aaron Laffey would be a charter member. Please get well soon, Shaun Marcum. Pretty please? Even after LaRoche's home run, the Mets tied the game at 6-6 in the seventh and gave Laffey a reprieve. But once again the mood was killed in the very next inning as Josh Edgin gave up the winning run which came courtesy of a Harper home run, his second of the game. This was probably the game that officially put Bryce Harper at the tip of his apex as Met-killer. I knew that Larry Jones had passed on what he learned about Met killing to Bryce during the All Star Game, and I'm being proven right every day. Harper now has five HR's and 18 RBI's in his career against the Mets. And if you calculate it to the number of at bats that Larry faced the Mets, Harper is on pace for 63 HR's and 176 RBI's against the Mets, which would easily surpass Jones' 49 HR's and 159 RBI's against the Flushing nine. Sure, it's a small sample size, but if the Mets keep throwing guys out there like Laffey and Hefner to face Harper, he might have these numbers by the end of the season. And you know what else bothers me, that haircut. It just annoys the freakin' crap out of me. I know that Bryce isn't that much older than Justin Bieber, but do they have to have the same haircut? Or is Bryce just going to use a flow-bee until he gets that big contract? I know, I know. I'm reaching here. There really isn't a good reason to hate Harper outside of the fact that he's wearing another uniform and he kills the Mets (who doesn't?) But can't the next generation of Met killer at least get a decent haircut? Kids today.
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