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The New York Mets: The Team That Can't Execute

NEW YORK - APRIL 10:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets runs out a twelth inning double against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 10, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 2, 2009

I am writing this post-game post in a rage that I really can’t describe in words. I slammed the remote down as Sean Green walked Shane Victorino to force in the winning run for the Phillies, but believe it or not, I am not going to place the blame for the loss on Green. The people who are most to blame for this terrible downfall are the coaching staff, and of course, the guy who has the baseball IQ of a thimble, Jose Reyes.

In case you missed it, Reyes came up in the top of the 10th after Cora, who had a nice day off the bench, singled to start things off. Reyes was asked to put down a bunt against the lefty Jack Taschner, but Reyes couldn’t do it in two attempts. The guy looked clueless, and that reflects on the coaching. Reyes was putting out the bat at the last second, as if he was trying to get a base hit. A five-year old can understand that Cora is the only guy you worry about when you are trying to sacrifice the runner up a base.

Somebody should sit Mr. Reyes down in a room and tell him what the word “sacrifice” means, because Jose just doesn’t understand the concept. After he would eventually strike out, Church singled to center as a pinch hitter. Cora went to third on the play, but if Reyes did his job, he would’ve scored easily, and K-Rod would’ve faced the bottom of the Phillies lineup.

I have come to expect games like this, and that’s when you know you are a true blue Mets’ fan. It seems like they are never on top in the close ones, and that really makes the difference when it comes down to the end of the season. One thing in which I agree with Omar Minaya on is the fact that this team is missing its Keith Hernandez. Nobody stands up. Nobody leads by example. The guy who is supposed to be the cog that makes the engine run doesn’t even know what he is doing, and that is never a good thing.

Another blown opportunity. With the Fish losing today, the Phillies are now just a game back, while the Mets are 4 1/2 games back. I know it is still early, but somebody has to put the following sign up in the Mets’ locker room. “THE GAMES COUNT AS MUCH IN MAY AS THEY DO IN SEPTEMBER!”

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