Mets Game 76: Loss to Brewers

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One for the thumb … the Mets have now lost five in a row.

Career minor leaguer Mike Burns held the Mets to two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 to earn his first MLB victory in his second MLB start, while ace Johan Santana struggled with his command and his composure through six lacluster innings, as the Mets found yet another new way to lose.

The Mets actually jumped ahead 2-0 in the first frame thanks to David Wright’s two-run homer, but that was the extent of the offensive output for the evening.

The turning point in the game came in the bottom of the fourth. It all began when Santana walked opposing pitcher Mike Burns. Then, a Corey Hart fly ball dropped safely as Fernando Martinez slipped and fell flat on his face (no error charged), putting men on second and third. J.J. Hardy followed with another walk to load the bases. Supermensch Ryan Braun ripped a double to left to clear the bases, and advanced to third on the throw to home. The throw home went past catcher Omir Santos, and Santana –backing up the play — fired the ball to third in an attempt to nab the overly aggressive Braun. However the ball sailed over David Wright’s head and into left field, allowing Braun to score easily. It was an ugly, demoralizing ten seconds that ended the Mets’ hopes for the contest. Unfortunately, we as fans had to endure five more lifeless frames before being put out of our misery.


Santana finishes with a 6.19 ERA for the month of June. In case you’re wondering, it’s the worst month of his MLB career as a starting pitcher.

As Ron Darling pointed out in the postgame, Santana has walked the opposing pitcher SIX TIMES this season. That’s inexcusable.

Hank Hill … er, Dan Warthen … was thrown out of the game for jawing with home plate umpire Jim Wolf. Apparently the two men had contrasting interpretations of the strike zone.

Am I the only one growing tired of Johan Santana’s attitude toward his teammates? He glared at F-Mart after the infamous fly ball off Hart’s bat … but it was Santana who walked the pitcher to set up the inning (and Hardy a few minutes later). For those who forgot, it was Santana who threw Daniel Murphy under the bus earlier in the season for a dropped fly ball. Leaders don’t get down on teammates who are making an honest effort … no one is perfect (as evidenced by Santana’s walks).

Bright spots, bright spots … hmm … well, Fernando Martinez clubbed his first MLB homer in the top of the ninth, when the game was long gone. David Wright went 3-for-4. Ryan Church had another two hits. Nick Evans made a few nice plays at first and slashed a double. That’s about it.

Since my father-in-law refuses to watch any more Mets games with me, I have a quote instead from my wife, which came after witnessing the debacle also known as the bottom of the fourth inning:

“At least the Mets are entertaining, and isn’t that what baseball is about? Entertainment?”

Next Mets Game

The series finale will begin at 2:05 PM, with Mike Pelfrey facing Yovani Gallardo.

Another quote from my wife, in regard to the afternoon start time:

“So less people will see us lose?”

Um, yeah.

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 30, 2009 at 11:59 pm
    joe, another game, another celebration of the 1962 mets.tonite’s 1962 moment being the bottom of the fourth.can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.than after the game, manuel appeared to be suffering from some kind of delusional behavior by saying the team “has enough talent to win”.win what??can’t be ballgames.if they don’t win a game on this trip, he’s got to be sent packing by monday.even the clueless wilpons can’t subject the fans to this nonsense much longer..
  2. joejanish July 1, 2009 at 12:19 am
    If only colorful characters such as Marv Throneberry, Rod Kanehl, and Choo Choo Coleman were on the team. This group of misfits doesn’t even have one player with a nickname!

    Hmm … one day it’s “we’re a below average team”, the next day it’s “we have enough here to get it done”. Either someone is bi-polar or full of you-know-what.

  3. adrock July 1, 2009 at 1:08 am
    joe, you’re right on about johan. he’s always being praised for what a leader he supposedly is, but i’ve seen numerous incidents during his time with the mets in which he has acted like a damn spoiled little bitch. that’s not the kind of guy i ever considered a leader on any of my teams. leaders pick up teammates after honest mistakes, they don’t glare at them or throw tantrums in the dugout when things aren’t going their way.
  4. Walnutz15 July 1, 2009 at 8:27 am
    For the record, Michael Kay was blabbing incessantly on ESPN Radio yesterday afternoon — that someone high up on the Met executive ladder gave Jerry a talking-to, saying that they didn’t appreciate him saying what he’s been saying in the media.

    No shock that he’s not saying it anymore.

    The Mets are even worse than a bunch of suckers….they blow at every aspect of team-baseball.

    Nothing left to see here.


  5. TheDZA July 1, 2009 at 9:03 am
    Loving the family quotes Joe! I try to find someone to sum it all up and the only one left is the dog, and she gave up caring in ’07…
  6. Wendy July 1, 2009 at 9:12 am
    Santana was dead wrong for carrying on the way he did in the dugout, if he pitched perfectly every day and made minimum wage that’s one thing but for the money he makes, he has no business throwing anyone under the bus.
  7. Eli From Brooklyn July 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    These quotes from your wife are unverified. I can’t believe anything I hear these days. Sorry, Joe.