Mets Game 48: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 7 Mets 3

This one was over before it started.

Jerry Manuel threw up the white flag during the pre-game lineup exchange at home plate, handing over a card left over from a split-squad Grapefruit League game. Carlos Beltran in the third spot was the only recognizable part of the lineup.

Similar to his last start, Tim Redding struggled in the first inning, allowing two runs. Unlike his last start, Redding didn’t get any better from there. By the time he hit the showers, the Fish touched him for 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4 frames.

The fatal blow came off the bat of Jeremy Hermida, who hit a 3-run homer in the fourth to put the game away.

Meantime, Marlins starter Josh Johnson continued his dominance of the Mets, going 7 innings and allowing just two runs on five hits.

The B-Mets staged a mini-rally in the ninth off “closer” Matt Lindstrom, but it was too little, too late.

Notes

Not only is Wilson Valdez the best-fielding shortstop since Ozzie Smith retired, but he has a sweet short stroke, as evidenced by his base hit off flamethrower Matt Lindstrom in the ninth inning. His presence could push Jose Reyes to the bench — or AAA — when he comes off the DL.

Fernandog Martinez collected his first MLB hit in the third, a ground ball to the right of second base. He also collected his second later in the game. He and leadoff hitter Angel Pagan went a combined 4-for-8 with a walk, a run scored, and 2 RBI.

Hermida, a career .500 hitter vs. Redding, had three hits and five RBI on the afternoon.

It can’t be fun to be Fredi Gonzalez. Even with a five-run lead in the ninth inning against a Mets club that is playing its second team, AND has the bottom of the lineup coming to the plate, he has to go to his closer to insure a victory — and even then, the closer can’t get three outs!

Next Mets Game

The rubber match takes place at 1:10 PM on Sunday. John Maine pitches (really, he does this time) against Chris Volstad.

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. sincekindergarten May 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm
    Ya know, I wonder who would receive the loudest boos at CitiField right now–Tim Redding or Ollie Perez. My thought is that it would be Ollie, by virtue of the $36 mil he’s owed over the next three years.

    Your sarcasm about Wilson (Juan) Valdez is duly noted, Joe.

  2. Seth Berkowitz May 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    I hate days like this. There was a similar one that stuck in my craw a couple years back, I think it was against the Reds, where Randolph trotted out the irregulars for game three of an away series where they had a chance to sweep. Maine was on the hill, and there was that dark cloud hanging over the proceedings where you knew he was going to have to be perfect, because they sure weren’t going to slug their way to a win that day. They lost.
  3. mic May 30, 2009 at 8:04 pm
    -CB played but probably shouldnt have.
    -hopefully fmart has settled down
    -technically, this should have been a 12-0 whitewash.
  4. Sebastian Sanders July 21, 2010 at 1:17 am
    we always use grapefruit on our dessert and this is a fruit that is full of antioxidants too.”..