Monday, May 03, 2010

The Most Important Thing From... Mets v. Phillies, May 2nd

The Mets failed again to win the rubber game of a series.

Each of the previous three times the Mets went into a series finale with a 1-1 split, they have lost the final game[1]. I'm not sure whether you can read into this fact as anything other than statistical noise, but I find it disheartening.

One of the very few things that I took away as a positive from Willie Randolph's time with the Mets was the way that he broke down the season into small chunks. Even though he was not a very good manager (and maybe one of the worst) he always appeared to take the view that the "season" should not be viewed holistically.

No matter your place in the standings, if you were to view the season one series at a time, anything is manageable. It might be impossible to plan to go 40-15 in the second half of a season like the Bobby Valentine Mets did, but if you were to win 2 out of 3 in every series, and run into a little luck, you could do it.

As of right now, the Mets have dropped all of those games. That needs to change if we want to get anywhere this year.

[1] April 8th vs. Florida, April 11th vs. Washington, April 18th vs. St. Louis

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