Up to a certain point yesterday’s game looked eerily similar to this one.
And that game was the first (and still only) game I actually watched at Citi Field. It’s kind of weird looking at the box score and seeing Mike Pelfrey went 7 strong innings on that day, a gorgeous October afternoon. (Insert: wouldn’t that make a funny trivia question? When was the last time the Mets played october baseball?). Though that game was against a very limited Washington Nationals team which ended up losing 93 games, which netted them Anthony Rendon, by the way. And then a bunch of relievers, among them Ryota Igarashi and Hisanori Takahashi, kept the game scoreless. There were a lot less runners in scoring position back then, but, well, you get the picture.
And then came Ollie Perez. And the bases loaded walk. And that was the ballgame.
Now I’m not saying that both Mets’ teams can be compared just by that game. There are a lot of differences, and it’s not just because the 2013 version has Matt Harvey. This year’s Mets look like they have a future. Maybe not a great one, but they have a future. The 2010 team had a future, too. I mean, you had Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada on the field. And nobody could have imagined what Angel Pagan would turn into.
But yesterday’s game looked like the team was spent. Extra inning games, rain delays, all of that played into it, I think. Gary and Keith were mentioning that players were starting to wear down, when Murphy made a rather errand throw to first. So there’s no complaining from my side. Sure, the Diamondbacks had the same problems, but that’s how it goes. Sure the Mets had their comebacks. But they really look like they need a break.