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Mets Best Watched on Codeine

To address my lingering virus that developed in the wake of the day-night doubleheader against Philly, I was prescribed some cough syrup Wednesday. Some very good cough syrup. It's got some very good stuff in it. It makes you quite drowsy which is the way to watch the Mets these nights.

I took it a little before Capital One Pregame Live. As a result, I wasn't as in-game lively as I might have been otherwise. I didn't really have the wherewithal to cheer the two first-inning homers. In fact, I nodded off at Mets 2 Nats 0 and woke up from the longest 15-minute nap of my life with it Mets 7 Nats 1. My alertness waxed and waned until I began to have these visions of relief pitcher after relief pitcher marching in from the bullpen while Gary, Keith and Ron grew grimmer and grimmer. Next thing I knew, Jerry Manuel was cracking wise about the crowd not wanting to see him blazing a path from the dugout to the mound and Johan Santana having to throw a complete game Thursday, even if it takes 170 pitches. I guess he was being funny. It was hard to tell, legally medicated as I was.

It took seven relievers gritting their teeth across four innings to quell the Washington Nationals, but the Mets held on 9-7. I didn't feel a thing.

12 comments to Mets Best Watched on Codeine

  • Anonymous

    Consider yourself lucky to have missed an ugly, ugly showing from our pen. In particular, I think Heilman looked worse than he has all season.

  • Anonymous

    “To address my lingering virus that developed in the wake of the day-night doubleheader against Philly, ”
    Hi Greg,
    Sorry you're still not feeling any better – neither are we and it's now going on two weeks.
    But we must hold you personally responsible for our recent rash of losses. No doubt your sneezing carried infectious germs from the stands onto the field infecting half the team. Fortunately, when the Nationals were in town your aim must have been better.
    So please, please recupperate before the final Shea homestand. Our entire season depends upon it!

  • Anonymous

    Heilman should not pitch again this year. Period.

  • Anonymous

    Last week Jerry said Heilman's been hurt all year. If that's the case, then why the hell didn't they shut him down? Did he conceal his injury to be “tough”? Wha is wrong with these people?

  • Anonymous

    Can I have some of that?

  • Anonymous

    The heck with codeine – I don't think I can watch them anymore without a bottle of tequila!
    Feel better Greg!

  • Anonymous

    They brought this up on the broadcast, and I've been talking about it for a while. Jerry Manuel benefits from the 'deep' bullpen, but what's he going to do in the playoffs? Why is he managing like he doesn't think they can get there.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts to a tee, Ceetar. Let's say they do get by the Bata'an death march that is the Nats, Braves, Cubs and Marlins. Let's just say that they make it to October. Let's just say.
    How in the HELL are they going to do anything in the playoffs, when the rosters go back down to 25, and you can't trot seven relievers out there game after game? How in the HELL are they going to hold a lead against a playoff opponent, when they can't hold a six-run lead against a below-.500 team?
    Does it really matter if they make it into the post-season if they're just going to be ousted in the first round?

  • Anonymous

    um, yes. yes, it does.
    you manage to win the game, as herm edwards might say. then the next one, and the one after that.
    jerry's trying his best to get them into the playoffs, and with a bullpen that seems to think batting practice comes at the end of the game, not before it. he'll probably manage differently once the mets are in. but get them there first.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, there's no such thing as a good decision with this pen. Its just a matter of hoping they hang on and never, ever getting enough offense.

  • Anonymous

    As we saw in 2006, a crappy team with an injured closer can beat anyone in a 7-game series.

  • Anonymous

    Only if “anyone” is the underachieving Mets