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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18:  New York Mets manager Terry Collins watches Miguel Batista #47 throw a pitch during a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)


Miguel Batista Is an Excellent Baseball Analyst

So, matters aren't going so well for the Mets. After last night's 4–3 loss to the Nationals, they've lost six in a row, and eight of their last nine. They've fallen eight games out of first place, five games out of the wild card and only one game over .500. Their playoff odds are down to under 20 percent. We'll confess to feeling somewhat personally responsible.

Some people involved with the Mets, or, you know, their fans, might be discouraged by this losing streak. They might think that this is a sign that the Mets should not be buyers at the trading deadline. They might recognize that this was always supposed to be a transitional year and just be pleased by the happy times provided. Or they can claim that, nope, the Mets are actually the best team in baseball.

Speak, Miguel Batista!

I told Terry two months ago I haven’t seen a team better than us. We just have to believe how good we are and just go out there and perform. I believe we are the best team in baseball. We just have to play like one. That’s what we’re not doing.

Now, one shouldn't be too hard on Batista. He's just trying to pump up his team and talking in a perhaps overly casual way to a reporter. More to the point, he is extremely old and perhaps thinks he is talking about the 1986 Mets. Of course, he might be omitting himself from the roster in the "best team" assessment. He gave up two more runs in 2/3 innings last night, inspiring Faith and Fear in Flushing's Jason Fry to say about the notoriously positive clubhouse presence, "Batista’s intangibles have to be pretty much off the charts to come anywhere near the metronome of suck that are his tangibles. I’d send him packing in a heartbeat for a reliever who was an enormous asshole with nothing to teach anybody and whom nobody liked, provided he could actually pitch."

This sort of analysis is gonna get him on "Baseball Tonight" next year, you watch. He'll fit right in. Anyway, the Mets play the Nationals at 12:30 today to finish up their series and try to avoid their seventh straight loss. Even if you're feeling down, hey, R.A. Dickey's pitching.

Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images