After seeing Tom Glavine pitch to his contract against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, the Mets would have hoped the weekend turned out better. The Mets dropped two games and the weekend series to St. Louis, slipping to .500 in the process. Gothamist wouldn’t be surprised if they flutter near that mark for the entire season.
Saturday’s loss must have stung more than Sunday’s. Neither Pedro Martinez nor Mark Mulder was dominant, and the Mets rallied to take a one-run lead into the 8th. Even struggling Kazuo Matsui pitched in with a three-run triple. But Roberto Hernandez, perhaps the most consistent Mets’ reliever this season, gave up two runs in the eighth, and the Mets lost 7-6. On Sunday, the Mets’ line-up ran into Matt Morris, managing just two runs on 6 hits in a 4-2 loss.
Fans have greeted Matsui’s outs with a chorus of boos lately, and Gothamist can’t blame them. Like Jose Reyes, he has been an offensive black hole. Matsui hits an empty .228, and no matter how fielding is measured, he comes up as a below average second baseman. No-hit, no-glove second basemen provide little utility to major league clubs, especially at over $7 million a year. The Mets look to avenge the early season sweep by the Cincinnati Reds with a three game series starting Monday.
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