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2-1 Odds Don't Favor Mets

Last Sunday evening at Shea Stadium, jockey Kent Desormeaux threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Willie Randolph. Saturday each shared a problem: They had no horse.

No Triple Crown for Desormeaux's mount. Three consecutive 2-1 losses for the Randolph's stallions. Big Brown finished last. The Mets are running well out of the money and the remainder of their course looms longer than that at Belmont.

Do the Mets appear capable of pulling from the back of the pack to nose ahead of those Phillies at the wire? What is it horses say again? Oh yeah…


I know nothing about horse racing except that a horse with a crack in his hoof probably isn't poised to win the most challenging race of his life. That and every time they tell us this is the year there'll be a Triple Crown, it means it won't happen.

I'd like to think I know a few things about baseball, but I have no idea when the Mets are going to start scoring some runs again. None at all.

I might have bet on Wright in the third at Petco, galloping as he was when that old nag Delgado set a fast pace by doubling to the right of the right field jury box. Wright could have cantered home given Brian Giles' throw from the pole position. Alas, Sandy Alomar was as cautious as Kent Desormeaux and pulled the reins in on David. Fernando Tatis then put the inning — and the Mets' offense — out of its misery for the rest of the night.

The Mets trotted into San Diego winners in seven of their previous nine starts knowing they wouldn't have to face Maddux or Peavy or Young. They've scored one run every night anyway. What were the odds of that happening?

Short, apparently.

2 comments to 2-1 Odds Don't Favor Mets

  • Anonymous

    Greg, avoid the game today and enjoy your Sunday afternoon..never mind about Pedro..Eventually the wins will come-but that might not be until next year!!

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Big Brown. I don't pay much attention to horse racing, and it's tough to hate a horse, but I hated what that horse represented. He's owned by a freaking hedge fund–International Equine Acquisition Holdings. How gross is that? And, the trainer, Richard Dutrow has been suspended and fined for shooting up like, half of the other horses he races with steroids. I'm glad Big Brown came in last and the longshot won Belmont.