Mets Game 67: Loss to Rangers

Rangers 8 Mets 7

It was a tough loss, but a good loss. Unlike the Mets of April and May, these Mets did not give up after they were down by six, but continued fighting and very nearly came out with a dramatic, come-from-behind win.

In fact, had Sandy Alomar waved Brian Schneider around on a base hit in the eighth, the game might have been tied and the outcome a different story. Instead, Alomar tried to make up for his mistake by sending Schneider on a fly ball a few moments later — another terrible move, considering Schneider’s speed, Milton Bradley’s arm, and the fact that the Mets’ best hitter with men in scoring position (Luis Castillo) hitting next.

As it was, the inning ended with the Mets down 8-5 instead of 8-2, and they continued to fight in the ninth, coming very close to pulling out a win.

In all honesty, I’d be fine with the Mets losing 100 games this year, if they lost them this way. Give me a 100% effort over nine innings, every night — that’s all I ask to see as a fan.

Notes

The two Carloses hit homeruns — for Delgado his 9th, for Beltran his 8th. Delgado went 2-for-5 and is nearing the .250 mark. Isuzudude’s job is to let me know when that figure is reached, so keep an eye peeled.

John Maine pitched better than his line suggested. He had given up three runs in six innings, then ran into trouble with one out in the seventh. Willie Randolph removed him with runners on the corners, but you could see that Maine wanted to stay in and work his way out of the jam. But having thrown 105 pitches, Willie chose to bring in Pedro Feliciano, who proceeded to let both inherited runners score. The bullpen was awful, with only Aaron Heilman pitching a shutout inning.

Dirtdog Trot Nixon had a grand debut as a New York Met, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored. Pedal to the metal, baby!

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.