Mets Game 43: Loss to Red Sox

Red Sox 12 Mets 5

A sweep would’ve been nice, but beating the Red Sox in Boston two out of three is nothing to sneeze at — particularly the way the Mets took their two.

As it was, a sweep looked like a real possibility in the early innings, as Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball was flat and Tim Redding was doing a decent if inefficient job of setting down the Bosox sluggers. Through the first four innings, the Mets enjoyed a 4-3 lead and looked like they would be tacking on more, as Wakefield had walked four and wasn’t fooling anyone with his knuckler. Then, in the fifth frame, the floater started fluttering, Redding faltered, and before you could blink the Bosox blasted nine runs in three innings to salvage one win from the series.

Redding left the game in the fifth with two outs and a 5-4 lead, but one pitch from reliever Sean Green turned him from potential victor to loser, as non-brother Nick Green ripped a two-run single. Nick Green was caught in a rundown between first and second to end the inning, but not before the go-ahead run scored. From there, the Mets’ bullpen was battered for six runs and the Omir Santosless lineup never had a chance to make up that kind of deficit against the likes of Manny Delcarmen and Takashi Saito.

Notes

Danny Murphy played another sharp game at first base, but was 1-for-4. His average has now dipped below .250, to .248. Perhaps as he gets more comfortable (i.e., can think less) at the position, he can get his “hitting mind” back on track. And, facing a knuckleballer is rarely a way to work out of a slump.

Fernando Tatis played the last inning of the game at shortstop and successfully handled one ground ball. Since Jose Reyes is expected to start in the opener against the Nationals, the experiment of Tatis at SS may be an indication that Ramon Martinez’s days are numbered. After a week of watching him, I can’t believe the Mets think Martinez is a better option for the Alex Cora role than picking up Alex Cintron, or making a deal for a minor leaguer such as Chris Woodward or Angel Berroa. Easier said than done, of course, but you don’t necessarily have to give up a prospect for a veteran like that — sometimes you can outright purchase a player (as the Mets did with Trot Nixon a few years back) or pull the old “player to be named later” out of your hat.

Curious, would Andy Green have been given this much of an opportunity in the Reyes / bench role? Meaning, would he still be on the 25-man roster after going 2-for-23 with four errors in five games? I realize he’s not really a shortstop and he’s hitting under .200 in AAA, but he was super in spring training — doesn’t that count for something? I know Martinez has hundreds of games of experience at the position, but gee whiz, you promote a 36-year-old like him after appearing in only 9 minor league games? Why not hunt down Jose Valentin if you’re that desperate? I’ll take him after nine fungoes in his backyard.

Next Mets Game

Mets come home to play the Nationals for a three-game set beginning on Memorial Day at 7:10 PM. John Maine faces John Lannan.

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  1. Eli From Brooklyn May 25, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    He’s alive!
  2. nwaldrop May 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    Did anyone else see the “foul ball” from Youklis that was clearly a home run? It took awhile for Francona to convince Joe West to look at a replay but when he finally did they came back with it still being a foul ball. The evidence was pretty convincing to me that it was a home run but if the Mets had won this one they would’ve had Joe West to thank.
    I haven’t seen this being brought up anywhere. I thought homeruns would never be called wrong again with instant replay. But as we know from football, when an official is convinced of something going into the booth, even seeing the play in slow motion might not convince him.
  3. wally May 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    dude, it’s Memorial Day weekend — go have a margarita for crissakes!
  4. isuzudude May 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm
    nwaldrop: the umps got it right. The replay they showed on SNY was shot from a weird angle that created the illusion that the ball was fair, passing in front of the foul poll in fair territory. But there were other angles that showed the ball clearly being foul, most of which can be found in the highlight section of the game on mlb.com. Both the SNY and NESN broadcasts said the ball looked foul from their first-person viewpoints, and I’m sure if the ball really was fair Youkilis and Francona would have put up bigger stinks than they did. All in all, the right call was made. It’s pretty difficult to screw up a call using instant replay, after all.

    I’d like to know if Bob Klapisch will come out of hiding and profess the Mets exceeded his expectations by going 5-5 on the road trip. Although I’m sure he’d point to the sweep in LA and say that’s more the rule while the 2 wins in Boston was the exception. But with the Mets relatively successful road trip, and his beloved Yankees losing 2 of 3 to Philly at home, I doubt we’ll hear much of anything from the Klapper anytime soon.

    Joe – you often opine how the rest of the NL must really bite if the rag-tag Mets and the pitchingless Phillies can dominate as much as they do, but perhaps you aren’t giving these 2 teams enough credit. After all, both teams just won 2 out of 3 on the road against arguably the AL’s two best teams, the Red Sox and Yankees. Is it possible the NL East (which also featured the Braves sweeping the 1st place Blue Jays) contains the 3 best teams in baseball? This past weekend’s results would lend creedance to that theory.

  5. joe May 26, 2009 at 1:40 am
    ‘dude, no sorry, can’t buy into the idea that the Mets are a solid team just yet. The Boston wins were both flukes, similar to some of their victories over the Braves. In other words, if the Mets played 15 games instead of three against Boston, I’d be extremely surprised if the Mets won 10 of them.

    These Mets are the same as they’ve been the last three years — a ton of talent, poor fundamentals, no attention to the details/small things, and one pitching injury away from disaster.

    I didn’t watch the Phillies-Yanks games so can’t comment on them.

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