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Parallelism to a Point

Pedro Martinez looked ragged. Brandon Backe looked ragged.

The Mets had a promising inning immediately snuffed by a somewhat unlikely double play. The Astros had a promising inning immediately snuffed by a somewhat unlikely double play.

The Mets loaded the bases with nobody out. It looked like they might get nothing from such endeavors, but then with two out Carlos Delgado smashed a ball to left … and into Carlos Lee's glove. The Astros loaded the bases with nobody out. It looked like they might get nothing from such endeavors, but then with one out Mark Loretta hit a grand slam.

I liked it better when the parallel was holding.

The Marlins and Phillies lost, so we didn't lose any ground — but neither did we make any up. Is this a dip? A blip? A rut? A slide? You never know till later, when Good King Hindsight has ruled and the dots have been connected. Let's hope they're continuing to head up the mountain, rather than back into the valley.

3 comments to Parallelism to a Point

  • Anonymous

    6-7 since the ten-game winning streak. But who's counting?

  • Anonymous

    I had really low expectations going into last night's game. Pedro actually looked a little better than I thought he would. His curveball was right on. But, the bullpen's been slumping a bit lately, and everyone knew Pedro wasn't going to throw more than 75 pitches or so.
    Anyway, I'd noticed the sub-.500 record since the streak, too, but I'm not worried. The team's still looking worlds better than they did in April and May. And look at our starting pitching–other than the hiccup against the Marlins, Pelfrey is starting to look fantastic. Perez is looking consistent and fantastic. Santana has always been consistent and fantastic, and Maine, if he stays healthy, will be fantastic again. It's crazy that the Mets have a pitching staff now where Pedro Martinez is the icing and not the whole cake, you know?

  • Anonymous

    Hey, where'd this valley come from?