The Air Keeps Rushing Out of the Mets Balloon

July 19, 2012 12:00 AM

The Air Keeps Rushing Out of the Mets Balloon

" There have been many points this season where we've wondered why Miguel Batista is on the Mets and the answer came on Wednesday night.

No, not his ability to hand over runs to the opposition as quickly as possible, which he did in the seventh inning against the Nats to turn a 2-1 game into a 4-1 game and rendering moot another ninth inning rally by the Mets. It's his ability to spit in the face of reality and maintain an indefensible point of view despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

"Right now [the Nationals] are playing good baseball, but I don't think they are better than us," Batista said after the sixth straight Mets loss. "I haven't seen a team better than us. I believe we are the best team in baseball. We just have to play like one."

After the 4-3 win on Wednesday, the Nationals are now eight games ahead of the Mets in the NL East. That doesn't happen because they are playing good baseball right now, it is because they have been better all season "

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