Mets Game 31: Loss to Braves
Braves 8 Mets 3
Start a new streak tomorrow.
The Mets’ seven-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Derek Lowe and the Braves, though you couldn’t fault Johan Santana. For the second time this season, the Mets lost a game in which Santana allowed ZERO earned runs. Ouch.
It was a classic pitcher’s duel through the first six frames, with each team scratching out a run. In the seventh, though, Johan blinked, Kelly Johnson singled, and next thing you know Bobby Parnell is on the mound. A few minutes, two more pitching changes, and a Jose Reyes error later, and the Mets were down 5-1. Poof.
Not much to say. Johan Santana was very good, once again, but couldn’t stay in the game long enough to win. The Mets’ offense was impotent against the sinkerballing Derek Lowe, against whom they’ve historically hit well. Maybe it’s the uniform.
Why wasn’t Gary Sheffield in the starting lineup? He’s pasted Lowe in his career, to the tune of .471 AVG. and 1.415 OPS. By himself he may not have made a difference … but maybe, just maybe, he would’ve driven in a run early in the game — which could have drastically changed the way the 7th inning was handled.
I did like seeing Jeremy Reed get a start, though, in right field. Reed went 2-for-3 with a walk and is hitting .353 in limited duty this season — not far off from the big numbers he put up during spring training.
Fernando Tatis also had two hits, scored twice, and drove in a run, filling in for the injured Carlos Delgado. He’s hitting .356.
The other two runs were driven in by Omir Santos, who refuses to fall down to Earth and is now hitting .302.
With Tatis and Reed in the lineup, where would you have put Sheffield? How about left field? How about not worrying about the lefty-righty thing for once and just going with the raw numbers?
By the way, it’s possible that Delgado is out until the weekend, or goes on the DL. His hip is barking.
The Mets were sloppy on the field, a carryover from the Pittsburgh series that wasn’t noticeable while scoring 7-10 runs a game against the Buccos. Both David Wright and Jose Reyes committed key errors, and the cutoff man was overthrown by Carlos Beltran and Danny Murphy.
The Braves used regular setup man Rafael Soriano in the 8th, but did not burn through their closer. In lieu of Mike Gonzalez, Bobby Cox had Buddy Carlyle finish the game.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Braves do it again at 7:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey faces Jair Jurrjens.