Game 11: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 9 Mets 7

It was three hours and 45 minutes of pure agony.

The Brewers jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first thanks to another dinger by Gabe Kapler, but the Mets stormed right back with a run in the bottom of the first, two runs in the bottom of the second, and another three in the bottom of the third inning, to take a four-run lead.

However, Oliver Perez did not have his “A” game, and lost the lead as quickly as he got it. The Brew Crew tied it up, and it remained 6-6 until the sixth, when Milwaukee scored two more off Perez and reliever Jorge Sosa to grab the lead. They added an extra insurance run in the seventh, thanks to a dropped third out by Carlos Delgado on a grounder by Rickie Weeks. Weeks proceed to steal second and score on a base hit by — who else — Gabe Kapler. Where was Kapler when the Mets were looking for a RH-hitting outfielder this winter?

Beside O-Pea crapping the bed, the Mets were the victim of bad luck, hitting into double plays in each inning from the fourth through the eighth. That last one in the eighth stung especially, as it was a grounder right to Prince Fielder with Brady Clark charging home from third. All fat boy Fielder had to do was step on the first base bag and toss the ball home. If that ball was hit anywhere else — anywhere — it would have been either or a run or only one out. Still, the Mets had old friend Guillermo Mota on the ropes, eventually loading the bases that same inning, before Carlos “runners on base break my concentration” Delgado popped up weakly to end the threat.

Fielder got in the way of another ball earlier in the game — a rip by Carlos Beltran — that he also turned into a DP. Strangely, it wasn’t Prince’s birthday. My theory is that he’s so damn obese, it’s hard for him not to be near any ball hit in fair territory. Either that or there’s something in cellulite that attracts horsehide like a magnet.


Why in god’s name was Aaron Heilman on the mound in the ninth? Billy Wagner will be lucky to get into 30 games this year, while Aaron appears in over 100.

Corey Hart was 4-for-4 by the sixth inning, but did not wear his sunglasses (it was a day game). The sixth and seventh hitters in Milwaukee’s lineup reached base seven times in ten plate appearances.

Good to see Damion Easley purposefully looking to go the other way in the second inning with no outs and men on second and third. Easley tends to pull the ball with his long, loopy swing, but in this particular situation, he shortened up an inch on the bat and was using an inside-out swing to punch the ball on the ground to the right side. He inside-outed the first pitch to him foul, but eventually got another ball that he rolled to the second baseman, scoring Carlos Delgado and moving Ryan Church to third. It seems like a little thing, but it was a heady play by a winning ballplayer. Well done.

Luis Castillo is the only player I know who can hit a broken-bat double.

Before his three hits today, Brian Schneider grounded out to the right side every time up, yet he’s hitting over .320. Go figure.

Endy Chavez has become a double play machine. Go figure.

Jason Kendall is batting over .400 this year but follows the pitcher in the lineup. Go figure. (Ned Yost is an idiot).

The Shea crowd did not get on Guillermo Mota nearly as hard as I hoped. Other than an initial “boo” when he was introduced, the fans weren’t too vehement. Guess I was looking for the vile scorn issued to Braden Looper way back when.

Next Game

Our lovable losers have WELLLLLLL deserved day off on Monday, then come back to work on Tuesday, tax day … oh, I’m sorry, Jackie Robinson Day … to face the Nationals. The entire Mets team will be wearing #42, so if it’s your first Mets game ever the scorecard won’t help you identify who’s who. Mike “The Stopper” Pelfrey takes the mound against Odalis “On This Team I’m an Ace” Perez. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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.
  1. harveybee April 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm
    perhaps there is some leftover disappointment from last year, but i’m not feeling very good about these guys. i dont think this is an injury issue. these guys do not have any fire right now, and it concerns me. of course it is early, but something just isnt right…
  2. julie April 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm
    I agree. It feels dead!
  3. sincekindergarten April 13, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    I don’t necessarly think it’s “dead.”

    What I do think is that they’re consistently inconsistent. The worst part of that is that they’re unpredictably consistently inconsistent. You don’t know which Mets’ squad, or even which Mets’ pitcher, you’re getting. Case in point is Ollie today. We saw flashes of the Ollie of the 15 wins today (and the first game this season), then we saw flashes of the Ollie of the 10 losses in the same at bat. So, from one moment to the next, we don’t really know who is throwing pitches for us.

    Johan would not be an example of this, because it’s no secret that he is shaky at the beginning of the season, then comes roaring along at the end of the season. Case in point–in ’06, when Johan won his second Cy Young, he was 10-1 with two NDs after the All-Star Break. We, as Mets fans, want Johan to be the savior right now. Guess what? Even Our Lord Jesus Christ didn’t perform a miracle until He was 30. Johan’s 29, so he’s got a year’s “grace period.” (Hey, I’m trying. Give me a break.) Johan’s going to absolutely go ape manure after the ASB. It’s up to Ollie, Figgy, Pelf, and Maine to keep us in the hunt until then.

  4. joe April 14, 2008 at 12:26 am
    I’m not sure what it is … I don’t know if the Mets are “dead”, but they don’t seem to be a ball of fire, either.

    Beltran is hitting the ball like a man possessed — even his outs are laser beams. He and Wright will have to carry this team, and they appear to be poised to do just that. Angel Pagan is also doing everything imaginable … but other than those three, there isn’t much to be excited about.

    I’m crossing my fingers and hoping it’s simply an early season lull, the product of guys learning each other. Or maybe they miss their greenies.

  5. sincekindergarten April 14, 2008 at 4:22 am
    And in other news, Tom Glavine threw 16 pitches before coming out of his start against the Nationals, and got the loss. Plus, in Phillthidelphia, a throwing error by Chase Utley let the Cubs knock off the Phillthies in 10.

    Put another way–we’re not the only team having problems. I know that this doesn’t make ours better; but we’re not the only fan set going through this crap. Once again (with feeling), we will be alright. The pendulum always swings back. We’ve got Pelf, who pitched pretty good last start, going Tuesday night; then Maine, who will come around, on Wednesday; then Figgy on Thursday. And, it’s against the Nats, at Shea. The Astros go into CBP and the Braves go to Florida.

  6. Timo April 14, 2008 at 8:31 am
    Poor outing by the mets. Very disappointing! Good thing is the Mets can’t lose on your birthday (today April, 14) Joe.
    Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day!
  7. harveybee April 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm
    ok one thing has been on my mind a bit about that prince fielder double play to end the late rally, and im not sure if i’ve heard it adressed (i was watching a brewers telecast of the game and they werent really talking much baseball– perhaps they dont care about sports now that farve is retired) but,

    why was clark running home? was he sent home? ? did alomar send him? what the hell happened?

    (oh and one of the brewers commentators compared david wright’s throwing problem to that of chck knoblauch and steve sax. i couldnt stop laughing…)

  8. joe April 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm
    Brady went on his own, and realized halfway down the line that he made a mistake. Willie threw him under the bus for it during the postgame.

    Bad decision? Yes. But how often does a play like that happen? Once every 600 games? To me a mix of bad decision making and bad luck.