By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater August 27, 2008 at 10:33AM
After their monumental collapse out of playoff contention the final three weeks of last year, it's hard to fathom that this team could continue bringing the pain. Tuesday night the NY Mets actually blew a 7-0 lead on the road to their biggest rival, Philadelphia, and ended up losing the game in 13 innings. Guess who's no longer in first place? By my count that's over 20 times this season already that the Mets' bullpen has stunk up the joint and blown games that should have been "W"s (costing Johan Santana at least 6 more wins and a shot at another Cy Young). Apparently the aging-but-not-quite-washed up Pedro Martinez, yesterday's starting pitcher/victim, was 47 - 0 lifetime when staked to a 7 run lead--that record is no longer unscathed.
While I root for the Mets in the NL and picked them to win their division in the "World's Greatest Baseball Pool," I am thankful that I don't bleed orange and blue like my sister Jolie, who's a die-hard fan even though she lives in Oregon. I'm having a hard enough time dealing with my beloved Twins' 14-game road trip (their longest in 40 years due to the Republican national convention in Minneapolis--yet another reason to be disgusted) that's off to a disappointing start with four straight losses after winning the first two in LA. It's definitely crunch time, and they simply have to play better on the road or the surging White Sox will make their 3-game series in Minny the final week of the season a moot point.