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The Mets are imploding

Jul 21, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

The losses are bad enough — New York has dropped nine of twelve games and have gone from a half-game down on June 27th to 6.5 down as of this morning — but now the clubhouse is starting to get ugly:

Alex Cora is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

The veteran utilityman, miffed by the laughter inside the Mets’ clubhouse after last night’s 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, fired venom in the direction of Mike Pelfrey and reporters who were joking at the pitcher’s locker.

Cora spouted an expletive in Spanish and raised his voice in the direction of Pelfrey and re porters as he de parted the clubhouse at Chase Field.

“A little respect, please!” Cora snapped. “They stuck it up our [butts].”

I imagine that, in light of this little outburst, people will start saying that the Mets’ chemistry was somehow disrupted recently, be it because Carlos Beltran came back or Oliver Perez is hanging around or Jeff Francoeur was benched or whatever.  Don’t buy it.

Cora’s little outburst is about a team that probably only figured to be .500 to begin with crashing back to Earth, not about some disruption in The Force or bad eggs or anything else.  It’s textbook “only winning teams have good chemistry” stuff, and it wouldn’t be rearing its head right now if the team were still winning.

Pelfrey’s laughter isn’t the problem. It’s his dead arm.  Bad chemistry isn’t hurting this team. Bad play is.  It’s that simple.

  1. lar @ wezen-ball - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Did you see Linda Cohn’s twitter (here and here)?

  2. BC - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Figured this would happen to my Mets. Just thought it would happen sooner. Hello, 78-84. At least tickets will be cheaper in September.

  3. Jonny5 - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Finally, some good news this morning,
    Ahhh, part of the universe has begun to get back in order, I mean we can’t have a summer baseball season without a Mets collapse. Now for the rest of the NL east to realign itself… I hope Craig was right at this point. A neck and neck battle for 1st between the Phills and Braves is the best I can hope for now.

  4. CJ - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    The Mets? Imploding?
    Wow, I didn’t realize it was September already!

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Wright + Reyes + Beltran…the Three Chokes-keteers. Let’s face it…the Mutts blew it after the 2008 season by keeping these guys together. They are the core of a team that choked not once, not twice, but THREE times. First, they blew the 2006 NLCS when they were the favorites over the 83 win Cardinals. Second, they HISTORICALLY blew a 7 game lead with 17 games to play. Then the NEXT YEAR, they blew a 3 1/2 game lead with 17 games to play. And the management kept the core together. Terrible decision by Omar. That team needed to be blown up, especially after the 2007 COLLAPSE.

  6. King Ding-A-Ling - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Good. Screw the Mets.

  7. Simon DelMonte - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    I actually like that Cora had an outburst. I doubt it will light a fire under the club, but it’s good that someone is willing to say the truth every now and then.
    The Mets’ run at something more than being .500 was fun while it lasted. And I think that they will rebound at home more often than not. But I said in the spring that they are a .500 club. Can’t say that I can be too disappointed that they are playing to their level.
    I just hope that Omar and Jerry and Jeff see the truth, too, and that they don’t make a single move to “improve” the team in exchange for prospects.

  8. Old Gator - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Hey, that’s nothing. Back in 1982 and 83 when I still had my season box at Shea (in the name of the fictitious Consolidated Coprolite Corpse), it was one of the few places in New York you could go for a little privacy. Before I went on principled strike against Scrooge McLoria’s bloodsucking payroll policy and stopped going to Feesh games altogether, I used to get a weird feeling of deja vu sitting alone, a speck of teal t-shirt and cap, in a vast Sargasso Sea of orange at Joeprodol( later joeprodolsharklife) Stadium. But the truth is, no matter how bad it gets at Citified, it will look like a Soylent Green riot compared to the postapocalyptic silence in the stands in Macondo.

  9. Paper Lions - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Those are embarrassing, not unexpected, but still embarrassing.

  10. Joe - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    That Alex Cora, all that veteran presence wrapped in a .561 OPS bow!

  11. BC - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    I firmly believe that if Reyes and Beltran hadn’t had injury issues, one or both of them would be gone by now.

  12. ChiSoxFanPurdue - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    How about them mets signing Chad Cordero? That is a big name reliever for help.

  13. Glenn - Jul 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    How can someone who is supposed to know sports for a living believe in such voodoo. She threw every mindless cliche short of “mojo” in there. Doesn’t she know that the Mets problems are lack of MOMENTUM (a scientific term, see).

  14. jde - Jul 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Cohn’s views on the Mets and Carlos Beltran are borderline insane. She might actually have a mental handicap, maybe ESPN hired her as part of an outreach program.

  15. john j pileggi - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    This is a make or break moment for the Mets. 3 1/2 out of the Wild Card means there is plenty of time left to get things right. But, as Cora said, they are getting their tails kicked. Jason Bay still looks uncomfortable, Beltran has been out all year, KRod looks increasingly shaky and the starters are wearing down. Throw in the Ollie Perez mess and the lack of bench strength and you have a team on the precipice. If they can pull out of the nose dive, then they have to have some pride and righteous anger. If they get comfortable with losing and fractious in the clubhouse, this can be a car with the wheels coming off by mid-August.

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