The Mets got rocked in this game even worse than the score indicates. They were down 10-0 going into the ninth inning. Ike Davis and Jason Pridie hit homers in the ninth to make it somewhat respectable. Mike Pelfrey looked decent after overcoming a nasty flu but lost it in the fourth and fifth innings and ended up allowing 4 runs in 4.1 innings.
Dillon Gee had a bad debut out of the bullpen too. Ryan Howard ripped a grand slam off Gee for his second homer of the game. It was ugly all the way around for the Mets tonight.
This week Kerel Cooper of On The Black and I talk about the Mets current four game winning streak. We talk about how we got here with strong starting pitching from Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, and Chris Capuano.
We also talk about Chris Young coming off the disabled list and the decision to keep Dillon Gee on the roster at the expense of D.J. Carrasco.
We update our thoughts on the Mets prospects for the season now that we’re nearly a month into the season.
Arizona Diamondbacks (8-10) at New York Mets (7-13) 1:10pm
Barry Enright (0-1 6.23) vs. Dillon Gee (1-0 1.59)
TV: WPIX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: If the weather holds out for the game today, the Mets will go for their third straight win. Gee is on the mound again for Chris Young after having a nice start in Atlanta. He went 5.2 innings against the Braves only allowing 1 run.
Enright hasn’t been very good in his three starts for the D-Backs this season as evidenced by his 6.23 ERA. He did have two good starts against the Mets last season though. He was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA last season against the Mets.
The Mets finally broke the seven game losing streak today and played this game like it was the seventh game of the World Series. It was all hands on deck as Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey even got into the action. I love the way Terry Collins played it. He wasn’t waiting around for someone to make plays or thinking it was still too early in the season to worry about a losing streak. He knew that he had to shorten the bench and get a win.
The lineup had a minor shuffle with Josh Thole hitting second and Angel Pagan moving down to sixth. Thole came through 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and looked very comfortable letting Jose Reyes do his thing on the bases.
Dillon Gee had an excellent spot start picking up right where he left off at the end of last season. He went 5.2 IP allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks. That’s a really solid start.
I wish the Mets would give him more serious consideration for the big league roster. Capuano hasn’t shown much and Gee has been so consistent at this level. I hope he gets a real shot soon in this rotation.
The Mets come home to an off day tomorrow and the Astros in town this week.
New York Mets (4-11) at Atlanta Braves (7-8) 1:35pm
Dillon Gee (0-0 NA) vs. Tommy Hanson (1-2 3.38)
TV: WPIX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets have now lost seven straight games and are relying on Dillon Gee to turn the tide. He’s making a spot start, called up from Triple-A Buffalo for the game today. He made two starts at Buffalo already, one very good against Pawtucket and the other really bad against Syracuse for a 1-1 record with a 4.63 ERA.
The Braves are looking to sweep the series behind Hanson. In his last start against the Marlins he threw 7 shutout innings to get the win.
New York Mets (74-79) at Philadelphia Phillies (93-61) 7:05pm
Dillon Gee (1-1 1.80) vs Kyle Kendrick (10-9 4.78)
TV: WPIX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets try to avoid their seventh straight loss as the Phillies go for their twelfth straight win and march into the playoffs again. Gee has made three very impressive starts this month but Kendrick has pitched well in his last two starts allowing 4 runs in 11 innings.
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The Mets jumped ahead early on an Ike Davis 3-run homer in the first inning. Overall, the Mets still only had 6 hits and 2 walks as a team continuing their putrid performance offensively this season.
The Mets even up the series in Washington and play an early rubber game tomorrow at 12:35.