Mets Game 154: Loss to Braves

Braves 4 Mets 2

Pedro Martinez wasn’t awful, but he wasn’t great, either, and he didn’t get enough offensive support to make up the difference.

The Mets managed just two runs on five hits against starter Jorge Campillo, and were shut out by three Atlanta relievers the rest of the way.

Ironically, Pedro drove in both of the Mets runs with a fifth-inning double. Go figure.


If this were 1960, the season would be over (154-game season back then) …. though, there wouldn’t be any divisions so they’d have finished in second place, behind the Cubs.

In a move that surprised everyone, Bobby Parnell made his second MLB appearance in this contest, spinning a perfect two-thirds of an inning. The Mets were down by only two — I’m going to guess that Jerry Manuel’s glasses fogged up in the Atlanta humidity and he thought the score was 8-2.

David Wright’s slump continued — he went only 2-for-4 with a double. Hopefully he’ll break out of this soon, as the Mets need 5-for-5 days from him.

Next Game

The rubber match will be played at 1:35 pm. Mike Pelfrey goes against James Parr.

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  1. isuzudude September 21, 2008 at 8:13 am
    “If this were 1960, the season would be over (154-game season back then) …. though, there wouldn’t be any divisions so they’d have finished in second place, behind the Cubs.” Actually, they’d have to settle for 3rd, behind the Cubs and Phillies.

    Joe, we’ve been doing a great deal of clammoring for Jerry to wise up and use his complete bullpen staff instead of the same 3 or 4 guys game in and game out. Well, 2 nights ago we saw Figueroa and Rincon protecting a 1-run lead, and last night we saw Parnell in a pretty tight contest. So I think it’s only fair that you give credit where credit is due and compliment Jerry for finally giving the “B” squad some action. It may be too little too late, but maybe it takes some people longer to catch on than others. Don’t misunderstand – I’m still an occupant in your boat that believes Jerry’s been getting way too much adoration for lamebrain bullpen management. I just think it’s the right thing to do to also point out the times when Jerry is passing the grade with the bullpen, and the last 2 nights are prime examples.

    I’m confident that “Big Pelf” can deliver a fine start this afternoon and clinch the series victory, continuing to put the heat on the Phillies and Marlins. It was around this time last year Pelfrey put up his best starting performance to that point, a 6-inning shutout affair that helped the Mets win in Atlanta.

  2. joe September 21, 2008 at 10:11 am
    I can’t give credit to someone who is in a reactionary mode. And I can’t give credit to a person who is making moves because he has no other alternatives. And I can’t give credit to Jerry Manuel for anything because it’s against my nature to go with the crowd, and the crowd has already crowned him as the messiah.

    There is plenty of “giving credit where credit is due” to JM every two minutes on an SNY broadcast, and in at least 75% of the postgame newspaper and web articles, so if I don’t praise him it’s no big loss.

    Geez, I’m not too stubborn, am I ? :-0