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NY Mets: Errors Are a Part of The Game, Not a Personal Vendetta Against Santana

NEW YORK - MAY 11:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets reacts after commiting an error in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves on May 11, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Wendy AdairAnalyst IMay 12, 2009

Last night, the Mets seven-game win streak was snapped for a variety of reasons.

Johan Santana has not allowed an earned run his last two starts but does not have the wins to show for it, which is a shame, but it is the game and he knows it, and should not harbor any resentment towards his teammates.

The most glaring part of last night's loss were the errors committed by David Wright and Jose Reyes which led to unearned runs.

David Wright made a throw across the diamond on one hop that would have most likely been a routine play for Carlos Delgado to scoop but Fernando Tatis is not an experienced first baseman, and he was not able to come up with the ball on the backhand stab.

An unearned run was the result, but it was the first inning and there was plenty of time to get that run back, which the Mets did in the third inning after Tatis and Jeremy Reed singled and advanced with heads-up baserunning.

During the top of the seventh inning, Jose Reyes let a ball skip through his legs and it cost the Mets four more unearned runs.

Wright started the bottom of the seventh with a double and eventually scored on Tatis's ground out.

Many people are saying this morning that the Mets do not help Santana enough during his starts, which is fair to a point, but to say that they are doing it as some kind of vendetta is just bitterness erupting after a loss.

The Mets players do want to win every game, no matter who is on the mound, but they know that when Johan Santana takes the mound, the pressure is on, because more likely than not, they are close games and one or two mistakes are very costly.

Mistakes are a part of life, no matter what your occupation, and everyday players like Wright and Reyes are going to make these kinds of mistakes and they will do their best to minimize their occurrences and atone for them when they are hitting and running the bases.

The season is fairly young yet and there is a lot of baseball still to be played, hopefully Santana will have a string of starts where everything falls into place.

Mike Pelfrey and John Maine typically receive good run support, but that does not mean that their teammates like them more than they do Johan Santana, contrary to some people's opinions.

Many fans do tend to act like their errors on defense and lack of run support is done as some kind of sabotage, but that is completely ridiculous and Santana hopefully recognizes that and does not start a rift in the clubhouse.

 

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