The old saying goes “Good pitching beats good hitting.” The Giants rode that motto to a World Series championship last year, and the Phillies could do the same this year. But the Mets are learning that you have to at least have good hitting to go along with your good pitching, and eventually, great hitting will beat your good pitching.
Dillon Gee, a good pitcher, was cruising along Saturday afternoon against the Yankees until he gave up four runs in the sixth inning. Going through a lineup a third time that features such great hitters as Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano proved too much for Gee.
It wouldn’t have been so bad if the Mets were able to score some runs, but a lineup that features only Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay and his Luis Castillo-style power and a bunch of role players came up empty against Bartolo Colon, a good pitcher going up against mediocre hitting.
So the Mets went down 5-2, losing Jose Reyes in the process. He left the game with tightness in his left hamstring in the third inning beating out a first inning single (above) and is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday. Apparently this is not the hamstring on which Reyes had surgery in 2009. I don’t know of that’s a good sign or a bad sign.
Let’s hope and pray this is nothing serious. If it is, we can end the Mets season right here. Without David Wright and Ike Davis, Reyes was keeping the Mets lineup respectable. As well as Carlos Beltran is playing, he will learn what we all learned in 2009 when Beltran, Reyes and Carlos Delgado went down, leaving David Wright alone in the lineup — one player cannot carry an entire baseball team.