Mets Game 42: Loss to Braves
Braves 6 Mets 1
Let’s see … Mets didn’t hit well, they didn’t pitch well … yeah, that usually results in a loss.
At the beginning of the game, it looked like Tom Glavine might have a deja vu from his last start of 2007, as Luis Castillo hit a solo homer and the Mets then loaded the bases. However, Moises Alou and Carlos Delgado both hit absolute rockets right at people to end the inning. It was also the end of the excitement from the Mets for the remainder of the game.
Glavine held the Mets in check through six innings, and the Braves’ bullpen coasted through the last three frames. At one point, the Mets made 22 consecutive outs.
Meantime, John Maine had an atypically terrible day, lasting only four innings and change. Scott Schoeneweis came on and did a good job holding the fort for two innings, and Matt Wise finished the game without allowing a run. Unfortunately, the guy in the middle was not so hot, and that guy was Aaron Heilman. Heilman had not pitched in six days, and gave up a walk on a good at-bat by Mark Teixeira followed by a Brian McCann two-run homer. The McCann blast took all the air out of the Mets, though they did appear to have a little life in the ninth — too little, too late.
Jose Reyes attempted a bunt on the first pitch in the game but the ball died in front of home plate, making for an easy assist by McCann. Not a bad idea, but I don’t like it to lead off the game against the soft-tossing Glavine. Better to take a strike — it’s not like Glavine is going to throw the ball by anyone, and isn’t going to throw anything unhittable. There is no fear in allowing Glavine to get ahead — in fact, he throws “backward” and therefore can be more effective when the batter is ahead on the count. (Pitching backward means he throws offspeed pitches in “fastball counts”; i.e., 2-0, 2-1, 3-1.)
They’ll try again at 7:05 pm tonight. Claudio Vargas against Jorge Campillo.