Well, we almost won this one on the Mets’ ineptitude instead of our own for once.
Except we didn’t because we lost. Yeah.
I’m not sure what I have to say about this entire series on the whole, because the Orioles struggled throughout most of it until they finally started putting things together in the very end there. They were completely shut down by the Mets’ pitching staff (a thing I never thought I’d say a year ago) and only managed to scrape across three runs in three games. Two of those runs came on a Wilson Betemit homer – when he hits it, he hits it an awfully long way – and one came on Frank Francisco’s lack of ability to pitch.
Like, he’s Kevin Gregg-bad when he’s not on his game, like he was tonight. He lucked out and got out of it, partially because of the Orioles’ own ineptitude (J.J. Hardy managed to get himself out by hitting a ball and running down the line only to have the ball hit him), but he’s not the best pitcher in the world, so the fact that the Orioles were still unable to capitalize fully on his lack of skill tonight…not really that good.
The funny thing is that I watch both of these teams pretty much every night and I was expecting this series to be a lot closer, but the Orioles simply chose not to perform – either that, or the Mets’ pitching staff really is just that good. The Orioles did have to face Santana and Dickey in this series, with Dickey especially anchoring the staff as of late, but they’ve faced incredible pitchers before and have somehow come out victorious (usually by winning their wars of attrition, i.e. going into extras and jumping all over the opposing team after regulation). There must’ve been something more going on that led this team to struggle, especially since they’ve been successful in this situation before and somehow weren’t here.
Maybe they need tomorrow off
to watch my baby brother graduate high school to recharge and prepare for the best team in the NL East, which is, surprisingly, the Nationals, which has pretty much stunned anyone who wasn’t paying attention in the off-season. To be fair, given the heat expected tomorrow, everyone should just take tomorrow off.