It never ceases to amaze me how one team can own another so consistently for years on end. Think about it. The Braves have owned the Mets in Atlanta for the last 15 years or more. Players have come and gone, styles have changed, but one thing remains the same: the Mets can't beat the Braves in Atlanta.
Last night was a game the Mets should have won. There was really no excuse. Oliver Perez pitched a great game making only 2 bad pitches the whole night which ended up being back to back home runs. But after that he settled in and the Mets even produced some runs for him.
But it was not to be.
The Braves were able to tie up the game thanks to a not-so-swift Gary Sheffield, and then take the lead thanks to a plummeting Bobby Parnell.
I still can't understand why the Mets ever pitch to Chipper Jones in a crucial spot in the game. Just hit him in the head. In the 7th inning with runners on the corners and two outs, Bobby Parnell pitched to Chipper Jones instead of walking him to load the bases.
No man has inflicted more pain and suffering on this team than Chipper Jones. Why let him do it again? Makes no sense. So of course Chipper drove in what would be the winning run of the game.
But as if that wasn't enough the Braves had to throw another little item in the Mets face. After a single in the 8th by Garrett Anderson, Bobby Cox sends in the fleet-footed Ryan Church to pinch run. Now Church isn't exactly a speed demon out there, but there he was on first base and a few seconds later scored an insurance run.
And so you arise this morning finding the Mets 7.5 games out of first. I requested that the Mets either sink or swim earlier than usual this year to save us the pain and suffering. Looks like they're willing to accommodate.