Thank You, Brewers
I’m not really certain how the Mets won today. Miguel Batista wasn’t great but the Brewers hitters were worse. Frank Frank barely held on, too. But overall, this game was lost by the Brewers instead of being won by the Mets.
In the 2nd inning, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke decided to squeeze, with Taylor Green at third and Cesar Izturis at the plate. Izturis’ horrible bunt kept Green from scoring, and Batista got out of it. In the 6th, the Mets squeezed with Murphy on third and Ronny Cedeno at the plate. I can’t remember the last time I saw the Mets squeeze. Then in the 8th, with Wright on third, Murphy grounded to second and Brooks Conrad threw home. It looked like Wright was caught in a rundown until Aramis Ramirez incredulously dropped the ball.
Frank Frank was lucky to get out of the 9th. Not only was he shaky, but it now appears that the umps are going to squeeze him for a while after his blow-up the other night. I’m all for having confidence in your players and not overreacting, but I admit to worrying if Frank might be heading towards Doug Sisk territory. Yes, that’s a gross over-reaction. But common sense doesn’t always prevail in the heat of the moment.
A win is a win. Here’s hoping for one tomorrow. And robot umpires.