What Happened to Consistency?

Michael GanciCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets stands in the field after grounding into a double play with bases loaded 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)

The Mets have already been tagged as a team that does not know how to get it done in the clutch. The Mets never seem to get the big hit, and today’s series finale against the Cardinals proved that they are unable to get it done when it really needs to be done, and yet, here we stand at 6-6, already five games behind the division-leading Marlins, who amazingly are at 11-1.

Do I think that this trend will continue for Florida? There isn’t a chance in hell that Florida will be this good for the whole season. I actually heard a person ask today if the Marlins would have the best season ever; that is preposterous. At this rate, they would be on pace for 148 wins, which is something an MLB All Star team couldn’t pull off. Why don’t you ask the Yankees? The Mets continue to strand runner after runner, and they had six men in their lineup who stranded at least two runners today, two of which (Delgado and Sheffield) left four on the bases. What is the deal with that?

I can’t go nuts over Delgado, considering how he has probably been the most productive Met over the first 10 percent of the season. He is going the other way, but he has susceptible zones, which means that there are other guys who need to produce as well. Beltran continues to quietly succeed, but guys like Sheffield and Tatis occupied wasted spots in the order today. Between the two of them, Sheffield had a double, and that was it. Tatis has yet to get a hit in 2009.

This Omir Santos guy had a nice day with the bat, and the Mets are going to get a long look at him while Brian Schneider is out. I don’t think he will be on the roster for long, but he could be auditioning to be an injury replacement. should Schneider’s injuries continue to linger.

Come on boys. We need some swagger if we are going to knock the Marlins off their high horse. The next test will be on Tuesday, when Mr. Inconsistent Oliver Perez takes on the Cards in St. Louis. Let the roller coaster ride continue…

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