The Mets lost a terrible game in the late innings again after a solid start by Chris Capuano although his line doesn’t show it. The Mets were up 2-0 after six innings. In the seventh, the Pirates strung together an inconceivable number of infield hits. They scored 5 runs in the inning. It was compounded by a couple of bad plays at third base by Willie Harris. Granted, he’s not an everyday third baseman. But he looked like it was the first game he’s ever played there tonight.
On offense the Mets had 10 hits and 2 walks but they left 7 runners on base. They’ve had a lot of trouble scoring lately and that didn’t change tonight. Although Justin Turner hit a garbage time home run in the eighth inning to break the Mets 10 game homerless drought. Jason Bay and Willie Harris were hearing the boo’s tonight too. Bay was 0 for 4 with 2 K’s. Harris was 1 for 4 with 3 K’s.
The Pirates are 2-1 in the series and the Mets need a win to split the series tomorrow afternoon.
In this week’s episode of the Mets Weekly Report, Kerel Cooper of On The Black and I discuss this week in Mets baseball. Specifically, we get into the Phillies series and the bullpen blowing leads in the first two games. The bullpen has been great all year, overachieving actually, until this week.
Kerel also brings up the Jason Bay situation and how he’s been an automatic out for more than a season now. I’m not sure what to do with the guy other than to wait it out. He’s completely untradeable (if that’s a word) and there’s nothing the Mets can do other than try to get him hitting again.
We also talk about the only consistent offense this season is coming from Jose Reyes and, more recently, Justin Turner.
The Phillies took the series with the win tonight and sent the Mets to their third straight loss and sixth in seven games. The only saving grace is that Mike Pelfrey escaped taking the loss because he had a huge game going 7.2 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He lowered his season ERA to 5.00. It looked like he was in trouble in the fourth inning but he got out of the inning only allowing 1 run. Typically, Pelfrey falls apart at any sign of trouble but he worked out of it and kept it together until the eighth inning.
The bullpen has been a strength of the Mets all season couldn’t get one out in the eighth inning to bail out Pelfrey. Mike O’Connor, Jason Isringhausen, and Tim Byrdak struggled to get one out and gave up the lead and more to the Phillies, who are clearly in another class than the Mets in terms of performance.
The Mets didn’t do much on offense only getting 7 hits and no walks as a team. Of course, Justin Turner got things started again with an RBI single in the first inning after Jose Reyes doubled and stole third. They did have 5 steals in the game but it wasn’t enough to get a win against Cole Hamels and the Phillies.
The Mets were playing from behind for most of the game but they managed to get the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, only to give it back in the top of the eighth. This game was characterized by a nice start by Chris Capuano and some sloppy play in the field. Capuano went 6 innings and only allowed 1 earned run on 78 pitches. He was efficient and had 8 strikeouts and only 1 walk.
The Mets offense had 14 hits and 2 walks but they left 10 runners on base. Once again, Justin Turner was on fire going 4 for 5 with an RBI and he’s just hitting shots from line to line.
The sloppy play in the field was capped by Daniel Murphy allowing a ground ball to get past him in the ninth inning. It would have been the second out and prevented the lead run from scoring. It wasn’t scored an error but Murphy should have made the play. It seemed to open the flood gates for the rest of the inning.
In this week’s installment of the Mets Weekly Report with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. We recap the Yankees series when the Mets lost two of three but I took some positives out of it. R.A. Dickey and Justin Turner had good series’ there and the Mets are on their way to Chicago this week. We also talk about the upcoming series’ in Chicago and back home against Philly.
Kerel brings up the idea that Jason Bay may have taken over the mantle of “Most Hated Met” from Luis Castillo. It’s tough to like Bay the way he’s played as a Met and the $16 million he’s making this season.
There was some celebrating going on last night by Mets fans after the 2-1 win over the Yankees in the Bronx. It was only one game but beating the Yankees in their stadium and finally getting back to .500 was something to enjoy for one night. As Mets fans, we’ve had to find small victories in recent years.
Justin Turner had another big night and R.A. Dickey finally got his first win since his season debut nearly two months ago. Here’s some post-game audio from the team regarding the win last night.
The Mets finally got the kind of start from R.A. Dickey that they’ve been looking for. He still didn’t look as sharp as he did last season but he certainly pitched well enough to get the job done. He went 6 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks. It was a great job against a solid Yankees lineup.
The Mets offense was pretty weak except for you know who… Justin Turner. This guy is on fire going 3 for 4 tonight with a big RBI double in the fourth inning. He’s hitting .364 and has an RBI in 6 straight games. Daniel Murphy chipped in with a solo homer in the sixth inning from the two hole to cap the scoring for the win.
The Mets looked pretty impressive against a good Yankees team. It’s great that this team with six guys that could be in Buffalo right now are playing some decent ball.