200 Miles From the Citi

May 11, 2010 7:15 AM

Could Have Been


Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th, a rally starts to form.

Angel Pagan, with one out, hits a solo homer to cut the lead to one.

After a Luis Castillo called strike three, Alex Cora singles.

Jason Bay steps to the plate, representing the winning run, against a fill-in closer for the Nationals.

Seems like the perfect scenario for a comeback win.

Maybe somewhere down the road we'll look back at this game and say, "Remember when Jason Bay couldn't hit a lick?"  Because maybe by then Jason Bay will start hitting.

Right now his bat is slow, he admits that he can't hit a fastball (despite the fact that the move of Jose Reyes to the three spot in the order was to get him to see more fastballs, and it has worked).

His bat was so slow Monday night he couldn't even make up his mind to swing as he struck out to end the game on a half-swing, instead of giving the Mets a third walk-off win in four games.

But he's not the only one who should get the blame.

Jose Reyes played David Wright Monday night, striking out to end the seventh inning with the game-tying run at second base (his second strikeout of the night), then threw a fit and got himself ejected (pictured, left).

As a team the Mets were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.  David Wright pulled a baserunning play out of the 2009 Mets' handbook - getting doubled off first base on a little bloop line drive that was caught on the infield grass.

The Mets have been playing some exciting baseball at Citi Field so far this season.  It's been inspired enough to make you think even Jason Bay was going to come through on Monday night.

Instead, the Mets find themselves looking up in the standings at Washington - a position that, if Jason Bay doesn't get it together, and the Mets keep making baserunning blunders, they might find themselves in not just in early May, but also later in the season.

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