Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mets lose in extra innings; Zephyrs win

I'm losing confidence in Steve Schoeneweis.

In last night's Mets loss he gave up the game-winning homer in the 11th inning to the Card's lead-off batter, rookie Brendan Ryan, who finished the game with a career 23 at bats. It was Ryan's first major league home run.

Schoeneweis' ERA is now 5.86.

As Ben Shpigel wrote in today's New York Times, "In the latest miserable moment in an increasingly discouraging season, Schoeneweis watched helplessly as Ryan, the No. 8 hitter, lofted his first major league home run over the fence in left field." When asked about it after the game, Schoeneweis told the questioner, "My mom could be up there right now and hit a home run, pretty much." Schoeneweis also said "Let’s go so I can go home and kill myself."

According to a Newsday report published earlier this month, Schoeneweis, 33, has been injured since last season when, while playing for Toronto he severed a tendon in his left leg while running in the outfield in the Blue Jays' ballpark. Despite the injury, he continued to pitch then and is still pitching now. Schoeneweis told the Newsday reporter that "I haven't been the same guy I was last season."

The Mets' problem is there doesn't appear to be a left-handed reliever in their farm system whom they can bring up. They traded the best reliever they had last year in the minors, Henry Owens, to the Marlins for Jason Vargas, who's having a so-so system pitching for the Met's Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Zephers, while Owens sports a 1.96 ERA closing for the Fish, who seem to outsmart the Mets every time they trade with them.

Speaking of the Zephyrs, they won yesterday, 7-4, upping their June record to 17-6. Vargas got the win, his sixth, with six innings of work during which he gave up two runs.

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