200 Miles From the Citi

July 3, 2010 8:40 PM

Mets-Strasburg Regular (Not Live) Blog


On the one hand, I'm disappointed I looked so forward to Saturday's game and ended up not being able to watch it.

On the other hand, we narrowly avoided Mets Live Blog Disaster Number 3.

A day that began with the focus on Stephen Strasburg's first start against the Mets ends with a new theme:

Not only are the Mets struggling to win on the road - but it's the way they're losing that's forming a pattern.

First, let's get this out of the way - Strasburg was pretty pedestrian.  He pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, along with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.

But neither Strasburg nor his counterpart, R.A. Dickey (who again pitched very well), factored into the decision.  Francisco Rodriguez gave up three hits and three walks in the ninth to blow a 5-3 Mets lead and turn it into a 6-5 loss to the Nationals.

And that's where the pattern is developing - the loss was the Mets' 10th walk-off loss on the road (I guess they can only lose in a walk-off fashion on the road), and I'm pretty sure I saw that they lead the league in such losses.  (They just recorded their ninth on Thursday...and the eighth on Tuesday.)

Now, this is a team that has 36 losses overall - 24 of them on the road.  And 10 of those 24 road losses have come in the team's final at-bat.  It's a little amazing that they haven't completely given up on themselves on the road.

Hard to say if it's encouraging that on their current 7-game road trip, on which they're 2-4 right now, they could be 5-1 but for a few breaks.  Or if it's devastating that they have such a 3-game swing not falling in their favor.

I'll go with the encouraging view - the fact that three of these losses have come in less than a week has to mean they're close to turning it around.  Doesn't it?

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