Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Big Inning Nemesis
Wednesday's loss marked the 16th time the Mets have given up 3 or more runs in an inning and ended up losing the game. That's 16 out of 17 losses with the one exception being a 2-1 loss to the Nationals.
It's time to admit this is a serious problem. It basically means that no lead is safe...ever. A 3-run lead in the 9th inning should be a lock regardless of the closer, but this habit is making any game have the potential of becoming a loss.
Starters and relievers alike are guilty of this and Dan Warthen has to be aware of this. Whether it means going out to the mound after 1 run is scored or pulling relievers after walking the leadoff batter or whatever the case may be the Mets need to do something about it soon to break this big inning trend.
The comeback kids make for exciting baseball, but at some point the inability to have a comfortable lead will wear these young players down.