Friday, April 1, 2011

Extra Thoughts For Opening Day 2011

    In addition to my post-game comments on the New York Mets Audio Minute at Lexy, I will not push the panic button, by any means, after the Mets 6-2 Opening Day loss at the hands of the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Besdes, a lot of those buttons were pushed before the season ever began.

    I am not thrilled with the fact that the Mets were completely stymied by Josh Johnson for 6 no-hit innings. I wasn't thrilled with the one bad inning that cost Mike Pelfrey - which has burned him more than once. You can't be happy with the offensive output that came from this team.

    Having said all of that, it is only one game. For those brave souls who take the glass half-full approach, the season is far from over. However, you at least got to see some areas where the Mets will surely have to improve, if they are going to even think of contending in the National League East.

    One area that I do have concerns with, is the bullpen. You saw some mixed results there, which cannot continue. Pedro Beato was good, Taylor Buchholz was not. Outside of Francisco Rodriguez, there is no ever-solid presence in the pen. I'll be more convinced about Bobby Parnell, when he's able to consistenly get some outs.

    As Mets fans have probably observed, the Marlins, Phillies, and Braves will not be going away at any point this season. If the Mets want it, they are going to have to fight for it.

    To tell you the truth, it is only one game. If Mets fans want to hear the truth, can they make it through 162?

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