HEY, IT'S ONLY 3 GAMES, RIGHT? by Tom Brennan
With the parent club in Queens embarrassing itself mightily while being at times gutless, witless, and hapless offensively, I went searching for offense. I looked southward towards Brooklyn...I should have looks in Vegas (.293) instead.
After a brief, solid offensive start, the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones' offense was...well, pretty offensive if you are a lover of offense. I get offended easily, and so am quite familiar with offenses. I hope what I write here won't offend you. Frankly, if you are, I'll be offended.
The 2015 squad ended up hitting .220 with a mere 26 homers in 76 games.
Well, that was Ruthian compared to the first 3 games of 2016. The 2015 hitters should have been Cloned, I guess.
Seven hits in 20 innings in a first game yawner. Then a 10 inning loss where the Cyclones were unable to scrounge up a hit. No hitter!!
Then game 3, where a late inning 2 run explosion keyed by 3 singles allowed the Brooklynites to climb to 5 hits in total for the night. Seven hits over 39 innings. Sweet.
The composite of that has been a 12 for 123 (.098) team start, leaving me longing for last year's .220 boys. Emmanuel Zabala has led the 2016 squad with 3 for 13, including its sole homer. It was EZ's 2nd career shot in 591 at bats. Brandon Brosher lifted the team average, going 2 for 12 (.167) with 7 Ks over the first 3 contests.
As almost always seems to be the case, when one looks for a silver lining, it is usually found in the METS farm's pitching staff. The Gonzalez boys (Merandy and Harol) started 2 of the first 3 tilts and allowed only 1 run in a combined 10.1 IP, with 13 Ks. Several relief pitchers acquitted themselves well also. Three games in, a team 1.41 ERA. NICE.
Three games does not a season make, but a question Brooklynites and Mets fans could ask is, "can any of dese here hitters play dis here game?" 73 games to go, we will find out.
Next time, bring bats. The ones without doughnut holes in them.