Mets Game 21: Loss to Braves
Braves 6 Mets 3
The Mets garnered TWO hits all night — one from Marlon Anderson, the other from Raul Casanova, both coming in the third inning — as they were beaten to a pulp by the mighty Braves.
Jair Jurrjens — who began the season as the Braves’ #5 starter — shut down the Mets lineup through six innings, his only struggle coming in the third inning when he walked four straight batters. Although, from my seat, it looked as though the home plate umpire may have been squeezing him during that four-walk episode; in any case, he wasn’t far away from the strike zone.
The Mets were only able to score because of Jurrjens’ temporary control issues. The bats were feeble and lifeless.
Mike Pelfrey was not great, but I’m not going to get on him for a poor outing. This kid has no business being at the MLB level right now, his most recent two starts notwithstanding. Considering that he is a fifth starter who throws one speed, we can’t expect him to pitch seven innings of shutout ball every time out. It’s not fair. Big Pelf should be at AAA right now honing his command and working on a legitimate offspeed pitch.
We could detail the Braves’ scoring here but I don’t have the energy nor desire to do so. If you missed the game, here is the boxscore and play-by-play.
Pelfrey did not look good from the first batter of the game (Kelly Johnson walked). There was something amiss about Big Pelf’s face and body language — he appeared, to my instincts, to be unsure about himself.
Willie Randolph looks like he’s aged a few years in the last few weeks. I wonder if he’s starting to worry about his job, despite what he says to the contrary.
Not clear on why Duaner Sanchez was brought into this game, down three runs and the bats asleep. Did Willie Randolph really believe the hitters would miraculously wake up and score three runs in the ninth?
Carlos Delgado was given a day off, and Marlon Anderson was spectacular in that he had half of the Mets’ hits.
What’s with Harold Reynolds on the SNY postgame? I’ve never been much of a fan, although I was happy to see him a bit more calm and controlled than the hyped up caricature ESPN made him be. Also happy to see that SNY put an african-american on the postgame show for once. Lee Mazzilli’s George Hamilton tan and Sicilian background didn’t quite fill that void.
I keep telling myself it’s very early in the season, it’s not even May yet, but the initial “feeling” of this year’s Mets has my stomach queasy.
After losing the opening game of the series, the Mets will now face Tim Hudson and John Smoltz over the weekend. Talk about an uphill battle.
John Maine goes against Tim Hudson at 1pm. The highlight of the day might be the bloggers roundtable on Mets Weekly prior to the game.