200 Miles From the Citi

May 3, 2010 6:18 AM

Gone Fourth


You'd hope that after Mike Pelfrey gave up six runs in the fourth inning on Saturday, that it would at least be in the back of Johan Santana's mind to give the Mets four solid innings on Sunday.

You know, just sort of erase the bad memories, get some team confidence back.

Santana didn't quite make it four full innings, and his fourth inning was even worse than Pelfrey's.

Pelfrey's line on Saturday:  6 runs in 4 IP, 8 hits, 1 walk, 2 K, 1 homer

All of the damage against him was done in the 4th.

Santana on Sunday:  3.2 IP, 10 runs, 8 hits, 2 walks, 1 K, 4 homers

Santana gave up 2 runs in the first inning, but got crushed in the fourth...even walking the pitcher with the bases loaded in that fourth inning.  That's Oliver Perez territory.

And so instead of bouncing back in a positive way on Sunday night from a demoralizing defeat on Saturday, the Mets saw their ace embarrassed on national television.

So now what?

The Mets go to Cincinnati, no longer in first place in the National League East.

They face rookie pitcher Mike Leake, and if history is any indication, look for the rookie to just baffle the Mets' hitters.

After a stretch where the Mets had to be feeling really good about themselves, they now have to be back to doubting themselves, having dropped two out of three to a team that has given them fits in recent years.

As I wrote about the other day - this is a stretch where the Mets can't really be caught doubting themselves - they're playing teams that will pounce on them if they sense weakness.

So for the Mets it's time to put Saturday and Sunday behind them and rediscover their winning ways.  

If they do, 2010 will still look promising.

If not, 2010 will be over before Memorial Day.

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