Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 6/27/12

"I don't know if it's fatigue. I don't know what it is. But we didn't run the bases. We didn't play good defense. We didn't drive in runs we needed to drive in. It was a combination of a lot of things. We didn't pitch very good. I've got nothing to go on except we played two bad baseball games here, and we're a better team than what we've played," Collins said. "You can only judge on the circumstances that are surrounding you, and that's the only thing I can come up with. (...) We've got to get it stopped. We've got to turn it around right now. Jon Niese has got to give us a ballgame tomorrow. We've got to start playing with some energy, playing with some thought, like we have been all season long. Just two bad games." (And that's not counting the expletive that Terry Collins threw in for good measure.)

If I was Terry Collins, I'd be pissed off too. Hell, I'm not Terry Collins and I'm pissed off. Why wouldn't he be? The Mets played a garbage game on Monday, and Terry took up for his team saying that they were fatigued because of the trip and that things happen, even though there's every possibility that the Sunday night/Monday morning travel had nothing to do with their horrible showing on Monday. So how did the Mets reward their manager? With a big heaping pile of horse **** on Tuesday.

No more excuses. No more alibis. And for heaven's sake no more of this "well, nobody expected us to be where we are and we're still in the race" garbage. That ends now ... this very minute. If you really feel that this team is worthy of bigger and better things than just just having a good first half before fading into oblivion, then you need to be pissed off about the way things are going. Most importantly, Terry Collins needs to be pissed. Good on him for being pissed. And good on him for taking Lucas Duda to task for not scoring on that Ike Davis double.

(Editor's note: If there's one guy I'm getting concerned about ... or dare I say "sick of" ... it's Duda. Okay, he can't play right field. He's seven foot thirteen and loses foot races with statues. I don't expect him to be Dwight Evans. But do you realize that since June 7th, Duda ... the cleanup hitter ... has one home run and three doubles? Oddly enough he's been on base in every one of those games except one, but they're pretty much all singles or walks. He's gotta be the largest, quietest middle of the order hitter in baseball. And when he's going like this he doesn't justify his crappy defense, and he sure as hell doesn't justify not scoring on that Davis double.)

But the rest of the team needs to understand that this isn't going to fly. So they all need to get the Duda treatment after that sorry effort on Tuesday night. The excuses have to stop. The team has been treated more than fairly (save for some Twitter death threats against the biggest guy on the team) from the manager and the fans. But now this team needs the whip and not the carrot. The Cubs wanted to give away that game. Three innings from their starter, bad baserunning, bad fielding, awful managing near the end letting Bryan LaHair hit against Tim Byrdak, and then replacing him with a right handed batter in the field to start the next inning? That should have been a Mets romp. Instead, they dropped a second straight game to the worst team in baseball, and fourth overall. And they did it with more dumb plays and bad fielding.

"If every baseball player that made a bad throw got sued you could say goodbye to the Chicago Cubs." -Craig Ferguson, 6/27/2012

Yup, the team that is the butt of jokes on the talk show circuit is the team that is a game away from sweeping the Mets. And they can do it too, since today is a day game after a night game and the Mets probably won't get enough sleep. It's like they're a team full of Todd Hundleys.

(P.S. I liked Ike Davis' fire too. Clevenger was out at first in the eighth and Manny Gonzalez blew that call. But you can't put your glove on the umpire, Ike. Cost the team a ninth inning at-bat by getting tossed. But you left Gonzalez no choice.) 

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