Mets Game 69: Loss to Cardinals
Cardinals 3 Mets 0
If you were wondering what happens when a bad hitting team runs into a hot pitcher …
Joel Pineiro was magnificent, spinning a complete game, two-hit shutout, the second he’s thrown this season. Pineiro induced 22 ground balls — 21 for outs — and struck out one in completely paralyzing the Mets bats.
The Mets wasted a very good outing by Livan Hernandez, who hurled seven innings of 8-hit, 3-run (2 earned) ball.
Joel Pineiro has evolved into something of a Met killer. Super.
Pineiro scored the first run of the game on a throwing error by first baseman Danny Murphy. The other two runs scored on a single by Albert Pujols, who now leads MLB with 70 RBI. Wow … 70 RBI in 71 games played … crazy.
Elmer Dessens pitched the final two innings for the Mets, but I didn’t even notice. He held the Redbirds hitless.
The only Mets who hit safely were Luis Castillo and Jeremy Reed, both singles. Reed’s hit was of the pinch variety, and came with one out in the ninth. So he spoiled the one-hitter. Yee ha.
The game was delayed a few times due to rain. The grounds crew reminded me of the Keystone Cops, rolling the tarp on and off the field as the rain clouds came and went.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Cardinals play game three of four on Wednesday evening at 7:10 PM. Fernando Nieve faces Brad Thompson.
It’s just that he’s spectacular against the Mets and Fernando freakin’ Tatis is batting cleanup for this team. Ugh.
The entire Mets team? Well, thanks to Jeremy Reed in the 9th, they had two hits, as well.
Forgetting the fact that Pineiro needed 100 pitches, got 22 ground ball outs, allowed 2 hits and gave up one walk – the 30 year old pitcher sent Omar Minaya a message tonight stating, “you need a big bat in your lineup.”
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pineiro left his previous start early with cramps due to dehydration. He made up for the lost time tonight and left with his head held high.
Note to Omar: Get your Rolodex out.
To be fair, I don’t think all the whining on here is justified after the Mets grinded out 14 hits on Monday. So the lineup seemed just fine to everyone then, but a day later it’s garbage? I agree the lineup is not as imposing as it once earlier in the season, but I don’t understand what y’all what Omar to do. I mean, Billy Beane isn’t exactly begging the Mets to take Matt Holliday off his hands. And I’m sorry, but someone like Aubrey Huff or Adam Dunn is not going to single-handedly clean up this mess. Like I said before, it’s time to swallow some pride and accept the mediocrity for a while, because there are no better options on the table right now.
Agreed, we do need someone to bat cleanup and give Wright a break, he’s obviously struggling to run right now with his leg injury, so Tatis hitting behind him will be an automatic DP.
I also know that Huff and Dunn are leaps and bounds better than anyone the Mets currently have to bat cleanup and provide protection for Wright. But every GM in baseball knows the Mets are desperate, and will demand FMart and/or Niese in return for one of those rentals. Just because the Mets are struggling now doesn’t make it a wise decision to trade anybody and everybody for any kind of power bat. And there is no guarentee that if a power bat is imported that they will provide that immediate spark to the offense you’re looking for. So to bring in Adam Dunn, for example, to help the Mets finish the year 5 games over .500 instead of 2, is that worth sacrificing your 2 best propects? In my mind, that answer is HELL NO.
And if the Wilpons want to turn the Mets into a sideshow instead of a fundamentally sound, built-for-the-long-haul team with young talent raised from within just to get more ticket sales, they would have told Omar to make a splash a long time ago. Remember, there was a guy named Manny Ramirez available this offseason they failed to pursue. If they didn’t want to give up the goods (whether it be via trade or free agent contract) for him, what makes you think they’ll do it now for a far less attractive talent?