The Unassisted Triple Play: The Icing on the Mets Cake

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The Unassisted Triple Play:  The Icing on the Mets Cake
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The nightmare that is the 2009 New York Mets season had one of it’s more unbelievable moments yesterday afternoon.  The gods seem to be working some sort of sick magic against this team, putting a Murphy’s Law like curse on everything Mets related.

It all started back in March when Johan Santana had tightness in his left elbow.

We all held our breath waiting for the news about Johan, but the tightness loosened up and Johan was able to avoid any significant time off.  Maybe we used up all our karma on Johan, maybe Ray Ramirez used up all the morphine too quickly into the war.

Needless to say, this was just the beginning.

Mike Pelfrey battled a leg strain and tendinitis in his forearm before May.

Tim Redding started the season on the DL with shoulder fatigue.

In April, the core of the Mets starting line up started to pick up dings and dents along the way.

Brian Schneider went on the DL with a strained back muscle.

Luis Castillo was day-to-day for a while with back spasms.

Carlos Delgado missed some time with a strain in his hip.

May was the month that everything fell apart.

Oliver Perez’s ineffectiveness was blamed on right patellar tendinitis.

Carlos Delgado went from day-to-day to the 60-day DL after having surgery on his impinged hip.

Three days later, Jose Reyes’ missed a few days with calf tightness and then calf stiffness.

After Reyes, his back up, Alex Cora tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into second base.  With Reyes trying to work his way back, he re-aggravated his injury and wound up on the 15-day DL with what was now being called right calf tendinitis.

Next, Ryan Church strained his hamstring not stepping on third base and was placed on the 15-day DL.

Then Carlos Beltran bruised his tibia and battled the stomach flu, while Frankie Rodriguez battled back spasms to end the month.

June didn’t go any better than May.

On the first day of the month, Angel Pagan, who had been filling in admirably while Carlos Beltran was trying to mend his knee, strained his groin and was placed on the DL.

Two days later, Ramon Martinez, who had been filling in as a third-string shortstop while occasionally giving Luis Castillo a day off fractured his left pinkie and was placed on the 60-day DL.

The next day, J.J. Putz’s injury came to light, and the following day it was decided that he needed surgery, and would be out 8-10 weeks.

Two days after that, John Maine’s shoulder became fatigued, and he pitched his last game of the season.

At the end of June Carlos Beltran was finally placed on the DL with a deep bone bruise in his right knee.  He’s been there since, and in my opinion, should be there for the rest of the season.

The Mets actually made it through the first week of July without anyone getting injured, but lost rookie Fernando Martinez and pitching phenom Fernando Nieve for the rest of the season before the end of the month.  Gary Sheffield also finally found his way onto the DL in July, as his right knee soreness turned into a right hamstring strain.

August started with a bang, as rookie pitcher Jonathon Niese toppled over in pain after tearing his hamstring covering first base only one day after Luis Castillo sprained his ankle falling down the dugout stairs…

Like I said, you can’t make this stuff up.

By the middle of the month, Alex Cora decided to get surgery to repair the torn ligaments in both his thumbs, which will probably mean he’s played his last game as a Met.

Finally, the last man standing, David Wright, took a Matt Cain fastball off the head and was placed on the 15-day DL with post-concussion symptoms.

The injuries are not the only things plaguing the Mets this season.

They’ve had a number of freak plays that was topped off by yesterday’s unassisted triple play to end the comeback rally the Mets were mounting in an attempt to take the series away from the rival Philadelphia Phillies.

With Luis Castillo and Daniel Murphy running, second baseman Eric Bruntlett moved into position to cover second base.  Mets batter Jeff Francoeur lined a ball that would have been a sharp single to center field moving the tying run to at least second base with no one out.

Instead, Bruntlett was in perfect position to field the line drive, step on second, and tag out Murphy who just reached the bag.

It was a ridiculous set of circumstances that had to all come together for the game to end that way, and of course it did.

Of course it did…

That’s just the way this season goes.

2010 can’t get here fast enough.

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