But I have a hard time stomaching sloppy, poorly executed, consistent mental errors and repeated failures to preform as the reason my team loses games. When the better team wins, the better team wins and I do believe the Phillies and Rockies are a better team then the Mets but in at least 3 of their 4 loses, the Mets were the reason they lost not because the other team was better.
I can even live with the failures of the bullpen, chalk it up to attempting to find diamonds in the rough on a shoe string budget in which they have simply been out matched or unable to preform. With that said I want to see them get beat on their best pitch for a solid hit, not the never ending Congo line of walks around the bases.
What I have a problem with is players who can't throw twenty feet to get an easy out, players who clearly aren't thinking ahead to what scenarios they maybe faced with so they're mentally prepared for the next play, pitchers who pitch scared by nibbling at the strike zone the minute a runner is on base and hitters who go from looking like All-star caliber offensive players to overly aggressive flailing deer in the head lights with any type of pressure.
The Coaching staff is not immune to these mistakes as well; the positioning of players has been horrible at times, the substitutions or lack there of have been questionable and the execution of the offense has suddenly disappeared. In regard to the offense, I'm not just talking about taking a small lead and then resting on their laurels, but where has that running game gone. Why the heck aren't Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan and Willie Harris running everytime they get on base.
The Mets stole the series from the Marlins by playing the game the way it's expected to be played. Sound fundamental defense, first pitch strike aggressive in the zone pitching, plate discipline coupled with timely hitting, an aggressive approach on the base path and a coaching staff managing aggressively to win games.
Now this is the team that is being taken advantage of and they seem almost content to keep the game close but more then willing to lose in the end with the old "we tried" or even worse "we battled".
“Everybody is as frustrated in this room as I am, but we’ve been in every single game but one,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “The fight is still there, but we’ve got to stop making mistakes.” source WFAN
"If the pressure is too much," he said, "it's difficult to perform. If they want to play here, and pitch here, they've gotta make plays." source Daily News