Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mets melt down; apocalypse next?

Only kidding about the second part of the headline.

Right now, Willie Randolph and the New York Mets should send one big thank you card to the Bronx to thank the Yankees for putting a ton of heat on the Boston Red Sox. Otherwise, we'd all be watching the Mets melt down with greater speed than their Boston counterparts.

It happened again Thursday night. As Philadelphia rallied from a 6-2 deficit to beat Washington, the Mets blew a pair of three-run leads at Florida.

The first is understandable as New York took a 3-0 lead early in the game. The second was completely befuddling and another example of why Willie Randolph's seat is, fairly or not, getting hotter by the second.

The Mets scored four times in the ninth to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 lead. So who does Randolph send out to pitch the ninth?

All-Star closer Billy Wagner? Nope. Instead, Randolph calls on Devil Rays/Braves/Cardinals reject Jorge Sosa. Net result: Three runs and extra innings.

Then, amazingly, Randolph sticks with Sosa in the 10th inning. The 10th lasted all of two batters as Dan Uggla knocked home Hanley Ramirez, who led off with a single.

Another Mets meltdown must have this team shaking its collective head. I know I am.


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