The last few games have been shades of 2002 for this New York team, with bad defense (8 errors in 9 games) and dormant bats. David Weathers threw away a pick-off attempt, and Roger Cedeño dove for a fly ball in center field, but it went past Cedeño and rolled all the way to the wall, resulting in an Andy Fox triple.
The lone bright spot was the Mets' starting pitching, which held them in the game again, with Tom Glavine working out of jams to go six strong innings, giving up only 5 hits. After Glavine was removed for pinch hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo in the top of the seventh, manager Art Howe went back to the bullpen, calling on Dave Weathers and Armando Benitez to close out the game in an ill-fated effort. Weathers surrendered one run while on the mound, and another run was charged to Weathers while Benitez was on the mound.
The story of the game was another night of putrid Met hitting, especially with runners in scoring position. Just like last night, the Mets could not continue any rallies with men on. With the bases loaded and no outs in the 4th inning, Tom Glavine, Roger Cedeño and Roberto Alomar all were struck out by young flamethrower Josh Beckett, who went five innings and allowed two runs.
The Mets did their scoring via the home run from Ty Wigginton in the second inning and Cliff Floyd in the 8th, and an RBI single by Timo Perez, who was playing right field for Jeromy Burnitz.
The Mets, who have lost three of their last four, travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico tomorrow night to take on the Montreal Expos in the first of the Expos' 22 "home" games on the island.
If the Mets expect to win they must start hitting in the clutch. They have one hit with runners in scoring position in the last two games. Not only that, but Art Howe needs to stop taxing the bullpen so much. Tom Glavine could have easily gone another inning in tonight's game. Weathers, Benitez and Mike Stanton all seemed fatigued already.