2004_06_smets.jpgThe Mets started the weekend with promise that quickly disappeared. After beating the Marlins 7-6 on Friday, behind the clutch hitting of Chris Woodward, the Mets returned to their inconsistent ways. On Saturday they jumped out to a 3-1 lead before collapsing down the stretch in a 7-3 loss. The only thing that drives Gothamist crazier than Jose Reyes leading off is the sight of Jose Offerman playing first base. His inability to handle a throw from Marlin Anderson proved costly as Florida went ahead for good in the sixth inning. On Sunday, the erratic Mets’ offense botched a golden opportunity as they loaded the bases with one out in the first but failed to score when David Wright and Chris Woodward struck out. That was all Florida ace, Dontrelle Willis, needed as he pitched a complete game shutout, scattering three hits.

The Mets now travel to Washington for a crucial four game set with the Nationals. Halfway through the season, the Mets are one game under .500 and ten games in back of first place. If they are going to make a move, they will have to do so now.

2004_06_syankees.jpgThe Yankees started the weekend in disastrous fashion. Supposed ace, Randy Johnson was shelled by the Tigers Friday in a 10-2 defeat. Before they had even taken the field on Saturday, the Yankees learned that their other high-priced pitching import, Carl Pavano had a sore shoulder and would miss his start on Sunday. The Yankees promptly fell behind Detroit 4-1 before rallying back for an 8-4 victory. On Sunday, the Yankees only scored one run, but managed to make it stand up as Chien-Ming Wang, Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera shutout the Tigers 1-0.

The Yankees now come home to face the Orioles and then the Indians before the All-Star Break. Despite long stretches of atrocious play, they sit only five games out of first and still have a chance to turn their season around.