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Flat-out dumb baseball and mistakes in San Francisco

The Mets had a three-run lead entering the sixth inning Saturday night. However, David Wright threw wide of second base, putting runners in scoring position, after which Angel Pagan ripped a two-out, two-run single to bring the Giants to within one run.

“Just a stupid play by me,” Wright said, looking frustrated. “I fielded the ball, was going to go to first, and then changed my mind at the last second and tried to throw it to second. Just dumb. Just flat-out dumb. … It’s easy to point fingers at some of the things that happened later in the game, but we had a play to get out of an inning and cut off their momentum and I made bonehead play and feel poorly about that.”

They Giants eventually won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.

“You can’t give good teams more than three outs,” Terry Collins said after the game. “If you do, you’re going to get burned by it. We didn’t make a couple of plays tonight that we have to make to give us a chance to win.”




89 comments

Just have the wilpons give out a bobblehead every home game . Why does anyone go to see this crappy product? The owners hate the fans of this team.. Fire Terry !!!!  I want someones head to roll for this debacle we have to watch on a daily basis..... Worst owner in MLB...Bar None

Justin Cosgrove
Justin Cosgrove

Normally, my wife calls the Mets the M.E.T.S, Much Excitement Til September, but this team made it easy and gave me June through August. 


dukewillie
dukewillie

What a player who's tired, playing everyday without an extra day off does: “Just a stupid play by me,” Wright said, looking frustrated. “I fielded the ball, was going to go to first, and then changed my mind at the last second and tried to throw it to second. Just dumb. Just flat-out dumb. … He's mentally tired as well.as evidenced by his defensive miscues in SF this weekend.

Glenn Blasius
Glenn Blasius

This is perhaps the worst Mets team in a long time.  Which is saying something.   Oh well, wait til next year I guess.  I can at least save my money which is normally reserved for buying tickets to games.


There is a very strong correlation between owners who have made money in Real Estate and team performance - e.g., they simply view the team as an asset to be monetized.  


Isn't there anything we can do to get the Wilpons to sell?  Perhaps they can get divorced ala Frank McCourt?  Or maybe TMZ can record a compromising private conversation between Fred and his son to force his hand?   

eavdr10
eavdr10

If this team immediately lets go of the GM and manager there may be a chance I give them a few more years to "right the ship", but as it stands you will find me over at 3b checked out with the Captain.

pj10
pj10

For the love of Pete metsblog... Would it kill you to edit ANY of your articles?

openmind6
openmind6

Every year I defend Collins, but this has to be the year he goes. The team is a mess and there needs to be a new voice running the team.

nate lie
nate lie

time to bench collins any little league team can play betterthan last night

Steve C Schumacher
Steve C Schumacher

Mets need to be shaken up from top to bottom - Wilpons should be forced to sell the team ( maybe once we have a new commissioner who isn't best friends with Fred Wilpon and see clearly how they are dragging the team down) and Collins and Dan Worthless should be dumped as well.For his faults Backmanw gets the best out of the young players and shows them how the game should be played.

TheJMan
TheJMan

Boy Pagan would look good in the outfield

But nah.. Doesn't subscribe to the hitting "philosophy"

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

no exusing this play.  to hear him describe it like that is mindboggling.  the first thing I remember from little league is "know what to do with the ball if it comes to you".  Wright's head has been in his behind since he was hit by that Matt Cain pitch several years back

Bryan Harry Gonzalez
Bryan Harry Gonzalez

wrights defense has sucked ever since 2010. no wonder why mlb doesnt consider him for a gold glove anymore

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

For a team that has some of the supposed brightest minds in baseball with Alderson, Ricciardi, and DePodesta they sure have some of the dumbest players on the field.

DON'T BE SLOPPY
DON'T BE SLOPPY

The years of losing is eating away at David.  He wants to be the company man and say the right things but I'm sure he's thinking he may never get that world series ring in a Mets uniform.

It's a few little things EVERY game that end up costing this team the game. Man on 3rd and less than 2 outs, you HAVE to get your bat on the ball. How many times do we see a man on 3rd base with no outs and the Mets can't drive him in? Wright and Young both went down without putting the ball in play. Leading off the 9th and Mejia gets his strikeout and they can't record an out? THIS is why some teams lose 90 games a year and other teams win 90 games a year. 

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

I watched last night the mets have second and third with 1 out and a BASE HIT could have won the game in the second inning.  They don't have to press to win games they have to get base hits.  We don't need a home run, we don't need any of that.  Duda starts the inning with a double down the first baseline advances on something, Granderson gets a walk then steals second and then it was a competition to see who could make the weakest out.  

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Scott, suggest you wait to see if Backman replaces Collins. That would make for an interesting summer to see what would happen. Besides, I hadn't been to a Mets game in 40 years (moved to California) and my $22 upper deck seast me about $80-100 after tolls, parking and NO FOOD. I still figure that MLB Extra Innings is a much better way to go until the Mets can get their act together.

ken1010
ken1010

Physical errors happen. Mental errors, like Duda's base running, which showed no situational awareness, are harder to accept.

owlnut
owlnut

Unfortunately, poor play seems to be contagious.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

maybe Tuefel the third base coach and Goodwin need to be looked at for fault with the runners mistakes on the basebathes



nykjw2
nykjw2

I've just about gotten to that point in a Mets season where I'm indifferent.

Scrubs
Scrubs

When the Mets start throwing the ball around, I can hear the theme from Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey circus in my head. I am a tortured Mets fan.  Hopefully, they will shortly put me out of my misery. They shoot horses, don't they?

rks77
rks77

The best thing we as fans can do is boycott games and hit the owners where it hurts. We have to send a message that this is unacceptable, that if they want to run the Mets like a small market team, they have lost their fans. They should not be made to feel that we'll show up and spend our money regardless of the crap product they keep putting on the field. The Wilpons are a disgrace.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

The team has lost their way, They are pressing so hard to win a game that they are making fundamental mistakes both offensively and defensively. I still say Sandy and Co. have brought minimal talent to the Mets. It's not about payroll, it's about talent.

rks77
rks77

Nothing is going to change until ownership changes.

Max Denby
Max Denby

Why in gods name would you defend Collins? He was run out of town by his last team. He is a terrible in game manager. Just b/c the talent lvl is pretty low doesn't mean the manager is not part of the problem.

Max Denby
Max Denby

He is a lead off hitter hitting .319 with speed and hustle. Nah, the mets couldn't use that guy....

1harris1
1harris1

I thought it was Collins who didn't like him, more than Alderson? Typical Mets. Pagan was thought of as a ball player lacking in instinct and sound fundamentals when he was here. He goes to SF and becomes an invaluable role player on two World Series winning teams.

This is why I wouldn't be surprised if Ike turns out to be a slugging all star caliber first baseman for the Pirates. It never fails.

vandelay
vandelay

@Bryan Harry Gonzalez It did suck big time in 2010 and 2011 (and actually 2009) too... but he played his best defense ever in 2012 and was pretty good last year too

Max Denby
Max Denby

No one says we have the some of the brightest minds. They are a bunch of wannabe moneyballers, who live and die by OBP.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Dream Snatcher Don't be surprised to see Wright gone by the trade deadline.  He and Murph r the only position players they have with any value and they could use them and Colon to get some near major league ready bats as they have none in the minors.

@oldrockingguy - Recker played a part for sure. I don't throw the blame on Mejia, you're going to give up your hits but when you have a guy struck out you really HAVE to record the out. When you have your ground ball with men in scoring position you really have to be able to get an out but Wright threw the ball away. That was 2 runs right there. When you have a man on 3rd with no outs you really HAVE to get your bat on the ball. Alderson seems to repeat the old Steve Phillips line that strikeouts don't matter, an out is an out. ALL outs are not equal though as we see. A couple of fly ball outs in this game and the Mets would have had a couple of more runs. Play AVERAGE defense and this game isn't close. It should have been a 6-2 game. 

tullers
tullers

@ken1010 This team's track record in base running is horrible...and I blame Tejada for the base running gaff in the 3rd.  Either way, this team just doesn't know how to run the bases.

gpopper
gpopper

Teufel, he's done this before. Decent player, very timid and mediocre third base coach.

tullers
tullers

@Ron Davis The ENTIRE coaching staff needs to be replaced...plus the front office.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Give one good reason for the Wilpons selling.

@barbarossa - hard to find guys willing to play for free. 

openmind6
openmind6

@Max

Because knee jerk reactions are dumb. The team was not expected to contend these last 3 years and they haven't under Collins. Chances are good they won't contend under a different manager either. But at this point, it's clear Collins has lost the team.

ken1010
ken1010

Maybe it's time to blame the coaches for poor base running.

Tejada tried to go first to third on a double. Yes he should have seen Duda standing around ahead of him, unable to score from second on a double. With one out and the pitcher, Colon, on deck, you don't tag at second to get to third with two outs, you go halfway to score if the ball hits the wall. Duda didn't know this? Recker should have seen all this too and not gone to second. So much blame to go around it comes back to coaching.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@barbarossa. . . you need to think about the payroll issue. Yankees have a $200+ mil payroll and the team's win/loss is not much better than the Mets. The Marlins payroll is under $50 Mil and the team's talent is much better than the Mets. Talent can be had without spending big bucks, Sandy cannot identify cost effective talent. It's that simple.

eavdr10
eavdr10

@Steven Matregrano  You need a foundation to build, have you watched the same games I have???? I love Wright but he is not special at anything anymore, Murphy is a good player not a core player, and Granderson??? Keep building around Wright and see where it gets you. t will get you to where you are today... nowhere

Max Denby
Max Denby

Your right. And Sandy and Terry forced him into that role.

1harris1
1harris1

Mejia hasn't pitched well of late. It's kind of gone under the radar with all the other problems the team has had. Perhaps something to keep an eye on.

nncyel
nncyel

@Max Denby Those dastardly, incompetent villains. 

You guys just have to fit everything into that meme don't you?

Don't suppose Mejia became the closer because he was stinking as a starter? Barely making it through 5, running up high pitch counts. BA against increasing astronomically the 2nd and 3rd times through the order. And the team needed a closer. Most people thought Mejia was perfect. And he still may be. Not the first guy to blow a save. 


But no, this is yet again incompetency by Sandy and Terry. Ok.

eavdr10
eavdr10

@1harris1  well he has really fine tuned the "celebration" that's for sure.