During the regular season I look at losses like last night as unfortunate but overall good games. Any night where Delgado hits two homeruns, where the Mets tear into the leading Cy Young candidate, where Reyes is getting on base multiple times and the Mets are getting timely hits behind him or he is driving in runs himself—I’m happy. Sure, we can’t win them all but at least we played of a caliber that means we can win the next game(s). I look for positive play in any given game and don’t worry if the given game goes bad because over 162 games, great play will eventually lead to a way higher percentage of wins than losses.
So my first response last night to the loss was that, if we HAD to lose, at least we didn’t lose in a way that is disheartening. I’m not personally disheartened by Wagner having a bad game. I’m possibly the only person on the planet who thinks closers are actually great pitchers who nonetheless give up runs on occasion like any other great pitchers. I still have confidence in him for tomorrow.
So, the glass is half full in that we are scoring runs, even against their best and so can feel good about our chances of winning the next two contests in St. Louis which will promise to be slugfests.
But, the worry is that by taxing the bullpen so much (112 pitches for the 5 pitchers) and by “using up” so much offensive outburst, I hope we didn’t spend a lot of our big hits and our relievers in a losing effort, that not only has us with no more advantage in the series but ALSO “empty” in the proverbial tank going into the next few days.
And even more worrisome is whether the half we have when on a half full glass is enough to match the Tigers’ pitching. CAN good offense beat good pitching or will it be emptied in no time?
So, finally there’s a little drama and challenge for our Mets.
I still don’t see the Cardinals beating us three whole times. I still am sure the Mets can push the Tigers to 6 or 7 games, but beating them is a riskier and riskier proposition. The best advantage we have over the A’s is that we actually have an offense and over the Yankees is that we have a more aggressive offense that, while not as powerful, is more efficient at manufacturing runs when there is no hope of slugging them.
But that still doesn’t mean we’re a lock.
I’m still picking the Mets though, because in the end Ya Gotta Believe.