Mets Game 75: Loss to Mariners

Mariners 5 Mets 1

Soooo …. Johan Santana pitches seven innings, allows one earned run, and Felix Hernandez leaves the game in the fifth due to an injury. If you were to guess, which team would win?

Most likely, you’d have guessed wrong.

Because in the second inning, with two outs, David Wright booted a routine grounder to load the bases, bringing up the opposing pitcher. An American League pitcher. An AL pitcher with one career hit in eight career at-bats. The error should have been no big deal, right? Except, King Felix jumped all over Santana’s first offering and delivered it beyond the right field fence, for a grand salami. There had to be at least a little bit of emotion and adrenaline behind that at-bat, since it was one countryman vs. another (both Hernandez and Santana hail from Venezuela).

And just like that, the Mariners went up 4-zip.

They tacked on a fifth run in the fifth, just before Hernandez left the game after spraining his left ankle in a collision at home plate with Carlos Beltran. Not that they needed it, as the Mets were only able to muster one lousy run, against a parade of non-entities with names such as Corcoran, Rowland-Smith (isn’t he a news anchor?), Green, and Rhodes. The Mets batters were limited to four hits and three walks, leading new manager Jerry Manuel to the obvious proclamation that the offense needs to “attack”. Uh huh.


Carlos Delgado dirtied his uniform for the second time this year, though not on purpose. He reached a little too far down toward the ground while backhanding a grounder a foot to his right and lost his balance, falling to the ground. A patch of clay almost eight inches in length scarred his shiny white pants leg, just below the hip. Luckily, he was able to recover from such an obscene meeting with soil and get the out at first. Kudos to Carlos for staying with the play under such filthy circumstances.

Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran had two hits apiece, with Beltran stealing third and scoring the Mets’ only run on a wild pitch by King Felix. That was the extent of the Mets’ offense.

David Wright had a terrible game, going oh-fer-three with a walk and committing two errors — after going 27 consecutive games without a miscue. After the game, Jerry Manuel announced that Wright looked “tired” and would not play in Tuesday’s contest.

There was no announcement regarding Mets fans, who are also tired.

Next Game

The Wrightless Mets play the Mariners in another 7:10 pm start. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey goes to the mound against knucklehead Oliver Perez. The world records for combined walks and wild pitches could be threatened.

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. julie June 24, 2008 at 4:11 am
    I’m not sure why Delgado has been in the lineup the last couple games, he isn’t doing anything. I guess we don’t have anyone else.
    Maybe this just insures that Manuel isn’t our manager next year and that’s fine with me.
  2. murph June 24, 2008 at 6:45 am
    Re: resting Wright.

    While I am sure Wright needs a day off, just like anybody else, didn’t Manuel just recently say he was going to rest his starters on the road, not at home?

  3. David W. June 24, 2008 at 9:23 am
    Knuckleballer vs. Knucklehead = Priceless!
    Painful loss, and on the day my seven-year old met Lastings Milledge at his baseball camp and began expressing interest in following the Nats. Of course the younger generation knows nothing about suffering….
  4. joe June 24, 2008 at 9:29 am
    Julie, you better watch what you blog about …. that gangsta Jerry Manuel might be reading and send one of his posse out after you! 🙂

    Murph, Manuel has SAID a lot of things … much of which I haven’t understood ….

    David, you get what you deserve. What in the world were you thinking sending your kid to meet, of all people, Lastings Milledge ??? 😉