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The Mets aren’t happy about having to play another doubleheader

Apr 16, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

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Last night’s game between the Mets and Braves was washed out, but the clubs will make up the game as part of a doubleheader this afternoon.

The Mets just got their clocks cleaned during a doubleheader against the Rockies on Thursday, so they aren’t thrilled with having to play another doubleheader in the space of three days, especially considering they’ll make two more trips to Atlanta this season. It’s ultimately the home team’s call in these situations, so you’d have to think the Braves ultimately saw this as a situation where they could take advantage. Tough luck, right?

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets called the commissioner’s office to lodge a complaint, but the games will be played as scheduled. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco declined to criticize the Braves publicly, but it’s clear they aren’t happy with the decision.

“I’m not going to go there,” Ricco said. “It is what it is. It just puts us in a tough position.”

The Mets sit at 4-9 on the young season and have lost five consecutive games.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 16, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Why does it put them in a tougher position than the Braves? Ricco’s attitude is an embarrassment to his ballplayers – who I’m hoping are professional enough themselves to understand how bad his comments and actions make them look. Both teams have to play the same 18 innings. I feel for my old home team in their current travails – granted we’re going way back here – but I have no sympathy for “lodging a complaint” because you don’t want to face another asswhuppin’. If you’re that scared of losing again, John, especially after you’ve just had an unscheduled day off, why not concede one of the games and make life easy on yourselves, right?

    • screename529 - Apr 16, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      It’s tougher than the Braves because the Braves didn’t play a doubleheader on Thursday.

      • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:08 PM

        Oh give me a break. They got yesterday off. How long does it take those poor, worn out, overpaid prima donnas to rest up from yet another three hours’ work, roughly half of which time is spent sitting on their duffs on a bench? My landscaper works eight busting hours in the sun in tropical Macondo five days a week for less than their per diem and I ain’t heard him bellyache about it yet. Ricco’s puelling reminds me of what Kareem Jabbar said to that mealy mouthed little brat in Airplane: try letting them play basketball for fifty minures two nights running instead. Give them some vitamins. They’ll be fine.

  2. purdueman - Apr 16, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Awww…. poor babies! Are the poor Mets too tired to roll out of bed to perform their jobs? Or is it more a case of a doubleheader cutting into their night life and ability to hit the strip clubs?

  3. 3greenowls - Apr 16, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    I believe the issue would be having to play two doubleheaders in the course of 3 days. So it’s not an issue of the Mets not wanting to play “a” doubleheader, but play two so closely together…something the Braves didn’t have to.

    I don’t know how to respond to the individual who made the second comment. I have no knowledge of how frequently the Mets partake in nightlife, head to the stripclubs, or lay down with ladies. Perhaps this person is a Deadspin informant so they have the inside scoop.

    • nps6724 - Apr 16, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      “So it’s not an issue of the Mets not wanting to play “a” doubleheader, but play two so closely together…something the Braves didn’t have to. ”

      Is that any different than what would’ve happened without last night’s rainout? The Mets would’ve had to play a DH while the Braves wouldn’t have. Either way, the Mets had to play 1 more DH than the Braves.

      It sucks for them, but crap happens. Their biggest problem is they are having to go with 3 lackluster pitchers in the series.

      • purdueman - Apr 16, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        good post. you have to make up the game sometime during the season, and by not making it up now, all you do is postpone the inevitable by having t make it up later at which time injuries and mid-late season fatigue could be a bigger factor than it is now.

        I watch and chart early season rainouts that aren’t immediately made up, because they then become ticking time bombs later during the season and usually face undesirable roster moves (such as being forced to expose a player who’s out of options in order to bring up a spot starter from the minor leagues and/or then losing the ability to bring the player right back up due to the required waiting time after sending him down).

        In this case we are also talking about Atlanta, which usually has a mid-late summer monsoon season, so there’s no guarantee that the games would be able to squeezed in on subsequent trips there either.

        This is why I strongly favor Selig’s proposal to implement the DH in the NL and then expand active rosters to 26 full time players as a “give back” to the NL teams for finally getting out of the horse and buggy days and implement the DH rule.

      • 3greenowls - Apr 16, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Yes, it is. In sports, when you play multiple games back to back on the same day it tires players out at a greater rate than single games on consecutive days. Thus, the Mets, despite being able to rest an extra day, already have the cumulative exhaustion of one doubleheader hanging over there heads while having to play another within a short time frame.

        Doubleheaders also mess with your pitching rotation, relief situation, position player rest timetables etc.

      • nps6724 - Apr 16, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        But again, the Mets were going to be at a disadvantage NO MATTER WHAT. Either they were going to play 2 DHs compared to the Braves’ 1 or they were going to play 1 to the Braves’ 0. It’s the exact same disadvantage either way.

      • 3greenowls - Apr 16, 2011 at 3:58 PM

        It’s not the same, it’s a greater disadvantage.

        Look at this way…why doesn’t MLB have doubleheaders all the time? They could shorten the season, move the playoffs back, increase the amount of playoff times, etc. (do all the things they’d ever contemplate doing).

        It’s because DHs are brutal on player’s bodies and the coaching staffs plans for a 162 game season. The Mets would have issues dealing with a DH early in the season, but 2 this close together is unforeseeable and a management nightmare.

      • nps6724 - Apr 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

        They used to have DH every weekend back in the day and those players survived just fine. And since the Braves also have to play in this DH, there isn’t a bigger disadvantage.

        Only 1 Met reliever pitched twice in Thursday’s DH (2 total innings) so with yesterday off, their pen should be in fine shape for today. And while playing 4 games in a 3-day span is rough, A) they all had yesterday off and B) it’s still the first month of the season so fatigue shouldn’t be an issue.

        And really, unfair or not I imagine every team would use this to their advantage if they had the chance. I mean, Philly didn’t turn down the chance to have an away series at home, did they? If it’s within the rules, you’d be stupid to not take it.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I don’t see the designated hitter as any kind of “advance.” It empties the game of strategic exigencies and destroys its symmetry. That’s like the scumbag governor of Wisconsin Scott Crawler calling his attack on workers’ rights “progressive.” The designated hitter is a last redoubt for one-tool players and marginal gimps who would have been cleansed from the rosters and opened up space for more younger players if it didn’t exist; it’s boring.

    • purdueman - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      You want boring? Try watching NL pitchers swing the bat like fat middle aged secretaries in a women’s softball beer league… THAT’S boring, but it does provide several potty breaks for the fans attending the games! (zzzzz-zzzzz)

      WHAT strategy exactly goes away with the DH? The over hyped, over rated “La Russa double switch”. I could do without see Aaron Miles hit just as I can do just fine without seeing 99% of the pitchers try to hit too.

      You want strategy? Become a fan and participant in a chess league.

      • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2011 at 11:39 PM

        I play Go regularly at a local sushi bar. We’ve got some pretty good players – much better than me, for sure, and I’ve been playing for years and years. That’s more than enough strategy. Yeah, drama goes away with Caveman Ball, pathos goes away with it, hard choices go away with it, the tension of praying the eighth guy drives in runs so the pitcher won’t have to – all the varieties of tragicomic and exhilarating tension that hinge on anything except the same old “how far can he hit it” stuff. Every at-bat becomes the same old shit. If you find excitement in monotony, more power to you. Buddha knows you’ve got plenty of it to choose from elsewhere in this sorry excuse for a culture of ours.

  5. jamie54 - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Sucks sure, but then again life happens so deal with it. Purdueman says, “I watch and chart early season rainouts……..” Dude, get a freaking life. You ain’t got anything better to do, feel sorry for you. There’s a world out there man, get on with it.

    • purdueman - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      jamie, answer this question… do you play in a roto/fantasy league? Now THAT’S a total waste of time and your life. Nothing like grown men playing make believe baseball and devoting countless hours a week to it as well.

      Pal, it takes me about 30 seconds a day to chart rainouts on my calendar. That’s it. Now I realize for someone apparently as mentally challenged as your post makes you appear to be that might be an all day endeavorer for you, but it isn’t for me.

  6. derpdederpdederp - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    title should just read “The Mets aren’t happy about having to play” and leave it at that for the season

    • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2011 at 11:44 PM

      And after what happened tonight – another doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Braves – you can hardly blame them. But again, it was the assistant GM who did the kvetching, not the players, as far as I know. They need to look inside themselves, and not to the front office, to account for how badly they’re doing afield these days. I really don’t think fatigue has all that much to do with it this early in the season – unless they needed more rest between all the other games that they’ve lost.

  7. barklikeadog - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Me thinks old gator has been in the sun too long! Wisconsin’s governor is Scott WALKER. shame on you for bringing politics into this story anyway! I think it’s time for your meds, Gator.

  8. BC - Apr 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    I think the Mets should be playing doubleheaders every day. If they play 324 games, they might just get to 100 wins!

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