In his lead for the Associated Press, Tom Saladino says it best, writing, “Another late lead and another bullpen meltdown for the New York Mets.”
In yesterday’s loss, Mike Pelfrey handed off a two-run lead to his team’s bullpen, but Brian Stokes let up one run in the seventh, after which Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith, Pedro Feliciano and Aaron Heilman combined to let up four runs in the eighth inning.
Schoeneweis, speaking to reporters after the game, said:
“There’s no explanation anymore. I just don’t know what to say…I just don’t know what to say.
“We’re not consistently making big pitches at big times. We do it one night, we don’t do it the next night. There’s really nothing more to say or explain or philosophize about. We’ve just got to get it done, somehow.”
David Wright, talking to reporters after the game, said:
“It was one of the games where you could feel, as the game went on, the momentum kind of slipped away.”
…in other words, eventually, they always know that the bullpen must enter the game…ugh…we feel you, david…
“If the season ended today, we’re going to the playoffs,” Joe Smith is quoted as saying in Newsday.
…that’s the problem, though, the season doesn’t end today…
For more on the team’s bullpen, check out Howard Megdal’s column in the New York Observer.