Wheels Falling Off New York Mets Wagon

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2010

PHOENIX - JULY 19:  Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets reacts in the dugout after being removed from the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 19, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Let’s face it, the Mets avoided a brutal four-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants due to a blown call at home plate on Sunday.

K-Rod came in with a two-run lead in the ninth and blew it.

He gave up his very familiar leadoff walk followed by a sacrifice and two hits to allow the Giants to tie the game. If it wasn’t for the blown call at home plate, Rodriguez would have lost the Mets the game.

One can only imagine how Johan Santana felt after he pitched a brilliant eight innings, only allowing one run and one walk.

Ike Davis saved the Mets in the tenth inning with an RBI double that drove in Jason Bay to give the Mets the lead. Jerry Manuel decided to send K-Rod back out to the mound in the bottom of the inning.

Manuel should have gone with Bobby Parnell, who has been lights out lately. After Rodriguez’s disgraceful performance, he did not deserve the opportunity to redeem himself and get the win.

With the Mets season on the verge of completely unraveling and spiraling out of control, surely they will head into Arizona looking to make up for the horrible series in San Francisco, right?

Think again!

Mike Pelfrey started for the Mets on extra rest and was awful. Pelfrey pitched 1.1 innings and allowed seven hits and six runs while throwing over 50 pitches. Nothing went right for the Mets after that first inning. The Mets would go on to lose 13-2.

It will be interesting to see how Jerry Manuel handles his team’s performance. I would not be surprised to see some sort of closed door meeting similar to what we saw last year when the Mets were struggling.

This team needs something to get them into gear.

Tonight, the Mets will have R.A. Dickey facing Barry Enright with another 9:40 EST start.

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