Duda’s Bombs Soften Loss

If a loss includes an inspirational performance from one of our guys than I can live with it. 

And Lucas Duda destroying 2 pitches to snap his power drought qualifies as inspirational. I’ll trade this loss for a kickstart of Duda’s bat in a heartbeat. 

People around baseball don’t realize how dangerous Lucas Duda really is and if he just started clicking June could be the month he blossoms into the national star BMF is. Convinced he’s gonna be. 

Quick Hits:

•  Bullpen is weary and it showed last night. 

• Why was Torres playing so shallow ok Schneider’s fly ball??? There has to have been a miscommunication there… I think…

• Thanks to Dudas 2 blasts Hairston no longer leads the team in HR’s with 6

11 Responses to “Duda’s Bombs Soften Loss”

  1. Irish Mike Says:

    As always TC was just itching yank his starter as soon as one ball was hit kinda hard (and if Torres wasn’t playing 10 feet behind 2nd base he could have caught the ball) and bring in his succession of crappy relievers. Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again but but hoping for a different outcome? Oh and if you insist on yanking the starter, who has pitched great, with a man on 1st, the Phils best/hottest hitter coming to the plate and the top of the order to follow then you have to bring in your best reliever. Who in theory and in recent practice is Frank Franc. The game was hanging in the balance! Bring him in and ask him to get 5 outs. But no - FF only comes in for “save” situations. So twice this week he sat on his hands while the Mets bullpen imploded and lost games they could have won (and in last night’s case should have won). But he was utilized Tuesday night to hold a three run lead and retire the six, seven and eight hitters - something I might have been able to do.

  2. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    I concur completely with IM on this one.

  3. USMF Says:

    IM, I’d agree with you if FF was a good reliever and not the 2nd coming of Armando “Gas Can” Benitez.

    Was I the only one thinking that Kick would have caught that Fly Ball?

    Sorry Torres, I wasn’t a fan of yours when the trade was made, but I was happy to get rid of Pagan and I knew you were keeping the position warm for Kirk…while Kick is ready…time for you to go.

    And what the hell is up with the pen?…either they all kick ass or they all suck. If Parnell gives up that HR and the rest of the pen buckles down, then we can win that game…but instead the pen gives up eight runs?

  4. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    It’s a good thing we spent all our money this winter to shore up our bullpen.

    Are you kidding me?….Really?

    All starting pitchers must go eight innings or if their arm falls off, which ever comes first.

    Get rid of those stiff in the pen and let’s grow tomatoes out there and give the bullpen a real purpose.

    What a waste.

  5. USMF Says:

    FMFR-That’s what kills me…All these people love Alderson and blindly applaud everything he does…

    But has he done? He won in Oakland when the team spent money…but when they cut his budget, the team sucked hard…San Diego was winning before he showed up, then they didn’t improve and then completely sucked under him.

    So far here, the team has mostly been winning because of players that Omar brought in.

    Our Pen was pretty good last year up until he traded away K-Rod…once he did that, we had no closer and the pen feel apart and demoralized the team.

    Now he brought in a bunch of casts offs who are inconsistent are aren’t that good.

    Listen, I give Alderson credit for doing what he can to get the Mets past their finical problems…but his additions are not good and he’s not building a winner for now…he’s cutting costs and buying cheep hoping that it will work out in a few years.

  6. BlondiesJake Says:

    Didn’t see game so not sure about yanking Gee at that point, but no problem bringing in Parnell. He’s been very good most outings and have to trust he can get Ruiz.

    As to the bullpen in general, they’ve been pretty good. Every time they blow a game people go crazy and start screaming about how Alderson didn’t do anything that improved the pen, but for the most part, Parnell, Byrdak, Rauch and Francisco have been good.

    Exactly what team went out and brought in lights out setup men and closers? Oh yeah, no team did because they are all a crapshoot. But those guys are certainly part of the reason the Mets have already won 28 games.

  7. USMF Says:

    B-Jake, I love a, but you’re way off on this one…The Mets Pen has…

    …blown 10 Saves good for 2nd worst in the majors…

    …an ERA of 5.45 good for worst in the majors and almost a full point worst than the 2nd worst team…

    …93 Earned Runs! That’s worst in the majors and 14 more than the 2nd worst team…

    …and they are tied with the Cubs for the most loses in the majors! Being tied with the Cubs in anyway is always a bad thing.

    If you really think this sh!t on a St!ck Pen has been good for the most part, then damn…I don’t know what to say…

    Listen, I know that Bull Pens are difficult to build and the Mets had no money…but almost all the money spent was to “fix” the bull pen and it’s failed…why did anyone think that signing two castoffs who’ve lost their jobs as closers would be the solution? What really gets me worked up is that as soon as Alderson made those moves (shocking the same day Reyes signed with Miami) and everyone was getting in line to suck Sandy off because of this fantastic pen he put together! And that’s my big problem I have with this whole mess.

    But hey, lets’ keep calling up Schwinden…he sucked every time he’s pitched…but sooner or latter he’ll have a good game.

  8. Howard Says:

    I totally agree with Irish Mike. The culture in MLB is to only bring in your closer in the 9th. But sometimes winning and losing can occur in the 7th or 8th. Why not disband from the way all managers use closers and bring in the guy when you really need him. For all we know. FF could have controlled the Phils batting order, and by time the 9th we theory wise could have a 5 run lead, not needing the closer anymore. I do not understand this absurd managerial style to only use the closer in the 9th. Games are won and lost in previous innings. Get the best pitcher in there when we really need him.

  9. JoMama Says:

    I’m not sure how anyone could argue that the pen isn’t that bad. THEY ARE HORRID. Thanks USMF for the #’s - they don’t lie. Sure we have 28 wins (more than I would have expected at this point) but come on, we could easily have 30+ if it wasn’t for poor managing and just a s**tty pen all together. Thank GOD Acosta was sent down - the dude seems to always be up in a tight spot - only to give up HR’s like they were candy. Do you realize that between Acosta (29), Bautista (12) and Ramirez (14) they’ve given up 55 runs in only 75 innings? That’s insane.

  10. Irish Mike Says:

    Just got handed a good ticket for the game tonight. To answer the burning question - I am going to stand and cheer when Beltran comes to the plate.

  11. USMF Says:

    Good for you I-Mike. Cheer him today…boo him tomorrow.

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