Mets Game 25: Loss To Pirates

Pirates 13 Mets 1

OK, so, I watch Xavier Nady lead off the second with a walk, I go to the kitchen to fix a sandwich and a glass of Ovaltine, I come back to the TV and it’s 7-zip. I shake my head, consider dumping the Ovaltine for tall glass of vodka, but decide instead to go forth with the original plan and hope for the best. After all, just because the Mets have completely demolished any possibility for productivity so early in the day, doesn’t mean I should do the same.

Nelson Figueroa came on in the second inning and pitched three decent innings, but the game got uglier in the sixth, when Jorge Sosa gave up another five runs (one earned). Like Ollie, Sosa was victimized by errors, but, again, he also didn’t do much to “pick up” his teammates, allowing four hits — three of them doubles.

The lone run scored by the Mets came on an RBI double by April’s MVP Ryan Church in the bottom of the sixth.


Oliver Perez’s line: 1.2 IP | 2 H | 5 BB | 2 K | 2 ER | 7 R

Angel Pagan struggled with the wind and sun in leftfield all day. He was charged with only one error but it appeared as though he

In reality Ollie was lucky to be charged with only two earned runs. Yes, Luis Castillo made a key error early in the inning, then later flubbed a rundown, but Perez did nothing at all to stop the bleeding. Five walks in less than two innings is inexcusable.

Aaron Heilman threw two perfect innings. Hallelujah.

Church and Carlos Delgado collected the two Mets hits on the day. The Pirates pitchers did, however, walk nine Mets.

Next Game

Thankfully, the Mets are granted mercy tomorrow, given the day off to think about this awful game and to travel to Arizona. Next game is in Phoenix on Friday at 9:40 PM EST against the Diamondbacks. John Maine faces Micah Owings.

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. isuzudude April 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    — We’ve seen the last of Jorge Sosa.

    — Angel Pagan has played himself out of the LF starter’s job.

    — Oliver Perez will be skipped in the rotation, not Nelson Figueroa, with any more starts like today’s.

    — The Mets are getting swept in Arizona and will win only 1 game on the upcoming West Coast road trip.

  2. joe April 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm
    Hey, easy now … the Mets had a fun time beating up on the D-Backs in their own park last year. Maybe they will feel just as good this year in Phoenix.
  3. julie April 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    Bring back Davey Johnson.
  4. sincekindergarten May 1, 2008 at 4:17 am
    ID, I’m going the other way on the D’Backs series. Mets take at least two of three–Saturday and Sunday, as Pelfrey does a lot better when he’s had 5+ days rest, and how many of the D’Backs hitters have ever seen Santana?

    I don’t think Ollie would get skipped. As I said earlier in the season, there are times where we see flashes of the Ollie that won 15 games for us last year, and there are times that we see the Ollie that lost 10 games last year get dredged abck up. The problem is, a l,ot of times, we see those two Ollies in the same at-bat, oftern on successive pitches. Figgy, Ollie, and Maine for the Dodgers series, and Willie takes two of three from his mentor Joe.

    They got the ass-kicking out of their systems.