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NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets runs the bases against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
ed feverCorrespondent IApril 21, 2009

I might look back at this post tomorrow and feel that it was a bit strong and that I possibly overreacted, but this has always been an op/ed blog from a fan's point of view. I can't think of a better way to vent after an absolutely horrible loss, than to blog.

It seems that my two biggest concerns this offseason are coming to fruition; I was consistent in that I felt the bullpen wasn't the only area that needed to be addressed.

I thought that only re-signing Ollie for the top of the rotation was a mistake and that if we were only signing one top end pitcher, we should have overpaid for Derek Lowe because of the consistency he could provide. Not only is Ollie inconsistent, but it now appears that he can't pitch with a lead. Where most pitchers turn it up a notch and close out the opposition, Ollie pitches tight, allowing the other team back into the game.

Now I was skeptical of just handing Dan Murphy the starting left field job to begin with for several reasons, and to be honest, Murphy has done nothing to change my mind. While Murphy has been hitting, his defense is much more of a liability then his bat is an asset. Murphy has single-handedly lost two games in seven loses, which accounts for approximately 35 percent of the Mets' losses. There's a reason Murphy was the only outfielder slipping on the turf tonight, and it was because on both plays, he was breaking the wrong way on the ball and attempting to change directions. That's not even talking about his below average arm, which cost the team a run when he tried to relay a throw to Reyes in a win over SD, or his lack of speed, which has cost the team on the bases. I also believe Reyes isn't comfortable with an unknown, Murphy, batting behind him.

But I also think by giving Murphy the left field job, they failed to address the offense. This is the same offense that has underachieved for two years. Left field was the spot on the team where they could have signed a middle of the order veteran leader with a winning record. Just as Ollie can't handle a lead, neither can this offense handle pressure. The Mets scored four runs by the fourth inning and then had only one hit the rest of the night. Those four runs were scored on 11 hits while the Cards scored the same amount of runs on six hits. While the Cards came in with a game plan of being patient at the plate and making Ollie throw strikes, once the Cards came back, the Mets looked like they were in panic mode.....

This team, for being so early out of spring training, completely lacks fundamentals; whether it's sliding at home, throwing to the proper base, using two hands on a catch, elevating for a fly ball, making contact, going deep in a pitch count, getting a bunt down, or 100 other different basics that they are failing at...

My biggest concern is that this team looks like it's in September collapse mode, and it's only April; they are absolutely finding ways to lose games. Once again tonight, they lost by two runs and only gave up six runs in all. So far this season, they have not lost by more then two runs, and the most they've allowed is eight runs (Ollie in Cincy). This below 500 record is because of the offense's failure to come from behind and execute with RISP.

Jerry isn't without fault in this; why Luis Castillo isn't hitting second is beyond me, and why David Wright is still hitting third when he has five RBIs with a .300 BA, I can't figure out either. Shake up the line-up try something to get them out of this offensive malaise...

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