Mets Game 72: Loss To Brewers

Brewers 3 Mets 2

The Mets finally reach .500. Oh, wait …

Mets Game Notes

Disclaimer: I didn’t watch every pitch of this game with my full attention, so I missed quite a bit. That’s usually the case, which is why I haven’t been writing post-game recaps — I don’t feel like I’ve seen enough of the game to discuss it. However, I’ve been inspired by to write more often thanks to this comment.

Jon Niese continued to look like a man pitching in pain, yet somehow found a way to wiggle through six innings and give the Mets a chance to win the game. Well, that’s assuming the Mets have a Major League Offense. Unfortunately, they don’t.

They also don’t regularly display Major League Defense. Yet again, it was the defense that did in the Mets. It’s glaring because they’re not scoring runs, which is what they were doing during that 11-game winning streak.

Also yet again, Ruben Tejada made the wrong decision on a bunt. This time, instead of charging, he was caught in-between. I know there are many who believe Tejada should “know what to do,” but I stand by my opinion that he’s playing out of position, and reading a bunt is not the easiest thing to do for someone who has almost zero experience at third base. It’s one of those things that are learned after years and years of repetition that starts at the youth level. What makes it more difficult is that, prior to very recently, teams didn’t bunt very often, so the experience just didn’t happen. Guess what, though? Opposing scouts are paying attention, and so we’re likely to see more and more bunts in the future.

So, the Mets can’t hit, can’t score, can’t play defense, and can’t shut out the opposition every game. Terry Collins may be nearing an epic meltdown similar to what ended his previous three managerial stints.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Brewers do it again at 8:10 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday night. Bartolo Colon is scheduled to face Jimmy Nelson.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.