Mets Game 64: Loss to Orioles

Orioles 5 Mets 4

Not even Frankie Rodriguez is immune to the failure disease permeating the New York Mets.

Given a one-run lead to hold, K-Rod allowed two hits, walked two batters, and allowed two runs to hand the victory to the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the ninth.

The tying run scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the winning run scampered home on an Aubrey Huff line drive single to right field.

K-Rod’s second blown save of the week wasted a brilliant outing by Livan Hernandez, who had thrown 7 solid innings of two-run ball.


I’ve decided to view Mets games in the same way I do college basketball — which is, don’t bother watching until the final minutes, when the game is ultimately decided.

Was it me, or was Carlos Beltran loafing on a ground ball to shortstop before Robert Andino threw the ball away, allowing Beltran to proceed to second base? I could swear he let up about halfway down the line. But, I nitpick. Beltran WAS running hard on his two stolen bases, after all.

David Wright went 0 for 4, snapping an 11-game hitting streak. He was taking some very big swings and producing a lot of cool breezes.

Alex Cora was 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot. His OBP is now .387. His career OBP in 11 years of MLB service is .315, which begs the question: is this a fluke, or is he simply a really, really late bloomer?

Aubrey Huff was 3-for-5 with a run and the game-winning RBI in his final audition for Omar Minaya. However, his glovework at 1B was less than mediocre.

Pedro Feliciano was brought in to face the lefties in the 8th. He got a groundout from Nick Markakis but Huff ripped a double off of him. Huff eventually scored with Sean Green on the mound.

Next Mets Game

The Mets come home to host the Tampa Bay No Longer Devilish Rays. Flamethrower Fernando Nieve faces Andy Sonnanstine in his Flushing hideaway on Friday. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

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. gary s June 18, 2009 at 11:43 pm
    joe, me and u are on the same wavelength when it comes to this team..last 3 games i watched from the 7th inning on..this team is too depressing to watch for 3 hours..i have a ticket for next tuesday.i guess i’ll hang out by the food stands till the seventh inning starts.they desparately need another bat..
  2. joejanish June 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm
    Gary, on my visits to Citi Field I could not comprehend people standing on line for 45+ minutes for the Shake Shack while a game was going on.

    Well, now it seems like a logical diversion.

  3. murph June 19, 2009 at 12:17 am
    When I read that:
    – The Mets lost
    – Carlos Beltan was loafing it on a ground ball, and
    – David Wright was taking some very big swings and producing a lot of cool breezes,

    I first thought that tonight’s game was rained out, and I was reading a re-cap of Wednesday’s game.

  4. John Fitzgerald June 19, 2009 at 4:45 am
    I blame this loss entirely on injuries. Wagner should be back in 6-8 weeks!


  5. Walnutz15 June 19, 2009 at 7:20 am
    Games like last night define this team.

    Chance to make up a game in the standings — snoozefest a majority of the game, glimmer of hope at some point during the middle innings, piss it away at the end.

    *Rinse and Repeat*

    Ahh, the Peacocks….guy in my office the other day started talking about Pavonia (within the wonderful confines of Jersey City) and how it means “Peacock” — it all suddenly made sense to me, Janish….why St. Pete’s mascot is what it is.

    Didn’t occur to me to ever look it up while in school or playing against them. It did strike me as odd, however.

    T G I F !

  6. The Coop June 19, 2009 at 9:45 am
    Joe, you are a better person than I am. I consider myself a philosopher in the vein of Kevin Mcreynolds. Either way I win – if they lose, meh. It’s the D List that lost. If they win, woo hoo! The D List won!
  7. Wendy June 19, 2009 at 9:56 am
    We need reinforcements now if not sooner. These guys are treading water each game, not knowing where they are playing or where they are hitting and its ridiculous.

    Beltran and Wright are showing that they are human after all, both had a hard time in Baltimore, but hopefully they can regroup and take 2 of 3 from Tampa, but i’m not holding my breath.

  8. TheDZA June 19, 2009 at 10:17 am
    what a missed opportunity…Toronto did their bit: heading in and sweeping up the Phils…Jeez this is depressing.
  9. Wendy June 19, 2009 at 10:42 am
    and who would have thought that the Nats would beat up on the Yanks? so we have to keep things in perspective because overall losing two of three to O’s, all games coming down to 9th is not nearly as embarrassing.
  10. joejanish June 19, 2009 at 10:45 am
    ‘nutz – I was wondering when someone would finally piece together the mystery. Well done. Funny thing is, I recently found out there is another school on the planet using the Peacock as a mascot. Have to say it didn’t do much to intimidate the opposition.

    Reinforcements … hmmm … not sure if it would matter … who could have come in and saved the day for K-Rod last night? There’s more wrong with this team than the personnel, IMHO.

  11. scottbbfm June 19, 2009 at 11:08 am
    Huff wasn’t playing first last night.
  12. joejanish June 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    scott – thanks for clarifying. By “audition” I was referring to the entire series. My bad.