The Mets lost a tough one behind a solid game by Mike Pelfrey. He went 7 innings and only allowed 2 runs. The Mets just couldn’t get anything going against Paul Maholm. He threw 7 scoreless innings. And when they did get something going, it was sabotaged like when Daniel Murphy got picked off second base. It always boggles my mind when guys with no speed wander too far off second base. It was another stupid play by Murphy.
The Mets bullpen didn’t look great either. Manny Acosta gave up 3 hits in 0.1 innings and Tim Byrdak walked in a run.
The Mets split the series with the Pirates and head to Atlanta for three games.
New York Mets (32-33) at Pittsburgh Pirates (31-33) 7:05pm
Mike Pelfrey (3-4 5.35) vs. Paul Maholm (2-7 3.39)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets can take three of four games in this series with a win tonight. Pelfrey is on the hill and has been very inconsistent over his last four starts. His last start in Milwaukee was a good one going 6 IP and allowing 2 runs. But he allowed the Pirates to score 7 in 5 innings at Citi Field in his prior start.
Maholm has been inconsistent recently too. The Mets tee’d off on him last week for 6 runs in 5.2 innings. But he came back in his last start to throw 6 shutout innings only allowing 1 hit.
The final score was a rout but it was a actually a pitchers dual that was scoreless until the seventh inning. The Mets beat up the Pirates pitching at the end with another huge game from Jose Reyes. He was 3 for 5 with a solo homer in the ninth inning. His average is up to .346 now and he’s playing better than ever in the final season of his Mets contract.
Chris Capuano also had a big game throwing 7 scoreless innings and getting the win. He only allowed 3 hits and 2 walks and was firmly in control throughout the game.
The Mets are up 2-1 in the series with one game left tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
New York Mets (31-33) at Pittsburgh Pirates (31-32) 1:35pm
Chris Capuano (4-6 4.86) vs. Kevin Correia (8-4 3.64)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets blew a winnable game yesterday on a bad play at third base by Daniel Murphy. I’d expect to see Justin Turner there today. Capuano lost a game to the Pirates last week at Citi Field. His record and ERA are pretty bad but he’s been a victim of bad defense and lack of run support this season.
Correia pitched a solid game against the Mets last week (6 IP, 2 ER) and then lost to the D-Backs in his next start (5 IP, 4 ER).
The Mets lost tonight despite a complete game from R.A. Dickey. He went 8 innings allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. It was another gutty performance on a bad foot. He didn’t deserve the loss and really didn’t deserve to give up all of the runs as earned. Andrew McCutchen doubled in the third inning on a play that should have been made by Daniel Murphy at third base. Two runs scored and that was the difference in the game. It was another example of how you can’t hide Murphy in the field and it cost the Mets a game.
The Mets were hitting well tonight with 10 hits and 4 walks in the game. Jose Reyes had 2 more hits raising his season average to .341. And Ruben Tejada was second in the order and went 2 for 4 raising his average to .338.
New York Mets (31-32) at Pittsburgh Pirates (30-32) 7:05pm
R.A. Dickey (3-6 4.04) vs. James McDonald (3-4 4.97)
TV: WPIX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets are going for their third straight win tonight and their sixth in seven games. They’ll do it behind Dickey who’s been pitching really well since the middle of May. He’s still got a bad foot but it doesn’t appear to be slowing him down anywhere but at the plate.
McDonald has also been pitching really well since mid-May for the Pirates. Over his last four starts he’s pitched 22.2 innings and allowed only 7 runs (2.84 ERA).
It’ll be interesting to see if Jason Bay is back in the lineup tonight. The lineup seems to be much more consistent without him.
New York Mets (30-32) at Pittsburgh Pirates (30-31) 7:05pm
Dillon Gee (6-0 3.33) vs. Charlie Morton (6-2 2.52)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets arrive in Pittsburgh coming off a big series win in Milwaukee. That isn’t easy to do. The Brewers have been nearly unbeatable at home this season. The Pirates have won three series in a row from the Mets, Phillies, and D-Backs.
Morton has been pitching really well for the Pirates. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in his last five starts. The Pirates are 6-5 in his 11 starts this year.
The Mets are 8-0 in Gee’s starts this year. He was fantastic in his last start against the Braves at home throwing 7 shutout innings and getting his sixth straight win.
Jason Bay will ride the pine again for the second straight game in an attempt to get his swing together.