Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 7/9/13
I always say that this team will kill us one day. (Well either them or those damn birds at AT&T Park.) After another game over 15 innings, this time on the west coast, that statement might be literal ... what with the sleep deprivation combined with the general angst extended by seven innings, who has the heart for this? Hell even I am doing something I very rarely do if at all ... sleep before blogging. That's the adjustment that this lunacy has forced me to make. Of course, we all would have gotten a couple of extra hours of sleep had Terry Collins had done what he was supposed to do and take a laboring Matt Harvey out of the game after the sixth inning, especially when his turn batted in the top of the seventh and he had already gone over 100 pitches and ... as we found out after the game, Harvey had been battling blisters. It seemed like a no-brainer to me, but there has been some recent intelligent discussion on Twitter focusing on whether Terry Collins has a brain (or at least whether he's pulling a Snoop Manuel and managing for his job rather than managing for the players.) And sure enough the first two pitches Harvey threw in the 7th were crushed ... one for a triple and one for the tying run. Harvey, because he's a beast, got through the inning. But although nobody could have foretold the Mets bullpen completely shutting the Giants down (especially as they left a small village on the bases in the extra frames), it was quite easy to figure out that Harvey, for his own well being if nothing else, should have never been out there for the 7th. But after the Mets actually won Monday's game in 16 innings over the Giants on the strength of their second error of the night, it became the difference between dinging up the car and completely totaling it. Had the game gone nine and the Mets had lost, we'd all be slamming the Mets like a father slams his teenage son for getting a dent in the new car while driving it recklessly. But after this wreck of a victory, it's like the car is completely destroyed and all the kid's father can say is "well as long as you're all right." In fact, it was the Giants who out-Metted the Mets, alternating back and forth between great defensive plays like the ones in back to back innings by Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford (both plays causing some idiot to conclude that Monday wasn't meant to be) and costly defensive plays such as the ill-advised throw by Marco Scutaro to set up the hilarity in the sixth, and the error by Crawford with gave the Mets the winning run in the 16th. Not that the Mets didn't try, as evidenced by the Daniel Murphy dropped pop up in the 12th. Or the Daniel Murphy bobbled transfer on a potential double play in the 15th (which resulted in one out but should have been none as Murphy never really had possession of the ball), to Eric Young Jr. trying to call time out after stealing second base in the 16th as the ball was rolling into center field. But luckily, none of those Mets error meant anything in the long run, and only served to prove that the current N.L. team that wears "New York" and the team who used to wear "New York" on their road jerseys are more similar cosmically than we think. And if you want any more proof of that, consider what last night's loss caused the Giants to do the next day: The last resort of a desperate team. We know. We've been there. Just take our free advice, Mr. Bochy: If you're ever in a situation where you have runners at first and second with nobody out and Jeff Francoeur up ... especially if you're in the ninth inning, then I have one word for you: Bunt.
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