Mets Game 93: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 4 Mets 0

Apparently, the Nationals did not get the memo.

The Mets were supposed to steamroll over the reeling Nats, come out of the District of Columbia with a three-game win streak, poised to continue their roll against the ho-hum NL West also-rans, and give the Flushing fans hope that, indeed, the team would be in pole position when the cavalry arrived.

Instead, Long Beach, NY native John Lannan paralyzed the previously potent Mets offense, spinning a seven-hit shutout and earning his seventh win of the season (against seven losses).

Oliver Perez was … well, Oliver Perez. He allowed only 4 hits, but that was mainly because he didn’t give the Nationals many pitches to hack at. In addition to the four hits, Perez also walked 6 and hit a batter in his 6-inning stint. Two of the walked batters came around to score, as did the hit batter. So there you go.

In contrast, Lannan did not walk anyone, nor hit anyone.

Notes

Perez has now walked 17 in his 17 innings pitched since coming off the DL.

Remarkably, Jerry Manuel harped on the fact that the Mets need to “play better defense”. Really? Is that the problem? Huh. I didn’t know you could score runs while in the field.

Manuel was incredibly motivating during the postgame, by the way. After hearing his sob story, I was motivated to down a bottle of cheap whiskey and slit my wrists.

Also during the SNY postgame show, Gary Apple and the other numnuts / loudmouths / whatever they’re called suggested that these Mets might “give up” when they’re behind late in games. Um, is that any different from the resigned attitude demonstrated by the “other” Mets after falling behind — the Mets that included the Carloses, Reyes, etc.? Only the faces have changed, folks — the song remains the same!

The last time John Lannan faced the Mets, he threw his first MLB complete game. This time, he threw his first MLB shutout. The next time? His first MLB no-hitter?

Rumor has it that John Ricco is working the phones trying to get Mark David Chapman released from Attica before the Mets play the Nats again in September — with the hopes that Chapman confuses John Lannan with John Lennon.

The Mets hit 17 ground balls during the contest. Keith Hernandez suggested that would not have been the case had Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes been in the lineup. Really? Based on what? And does that mean there would’ve been more popups or strikeouts? And how does this affect the price of tea in China?

For those unaware, Ollie Perez is one of the guys whose DL stint was considered a “blow” to the Mets’ chances — one of the “cavalry”. Be careful what you wish for.

Jeff Francoeur had two of the Mets hits and an outfield assist. Somehow I missed all of that excitement. I must’ve blinked three times. Crap.

Bobby Ojeda keeps saying that “small ball gets shut down”. No Bobby, it doesn’t. What gets shut down is a team built to wait for 3-run homers that suddenly tries to play small ball. Ojeda should know better, having faced the KC Royals, Oakland A’s, and St. Louis Cardinals of the early 1980s. Teams that know how to play small ball, and execute it consistently, DO NOT GET SHUT DOWN — that’s the whole point. Teams that rely on sluggers tend to run hot and cold, but teams that win based on speed, defense, pitching, situational hitting, and fundamentals, are less prone to cold streaks.

You know things are bad when Gary Cohen moves away from reporting the play by play, and instead offers an ear to Keith Hernandez, as “Mex” chats about his days as a high school pitcher, his non-feud with Don Mattingly, and the fact that “…if I was a righthander, my dad would’ve made me a shortstop, because I was quick and athletic — unlike my brother, who was tall and lanky and not as coordinated — and that’s the fastest way to the big leagues …”

Though, as long as you mention it Keith, I always thought being a catcher was the fastest way to the bigs. Whatever … we can argue about it tomorrow evening, instead of paying attention to the game.

The Mets have now been shut out 7 times in their last 17 ballgames. What is this, 1974? Where is Eddie Kranepool?

Next Mets Game

The rubber match occurs at 7:05 PM on Wednesday night in Washington. Mike Pelfrey pitches against Craig Stammen. I can’t believe it’s Pelf’s turn to pitch again already … it seems like he just pitched yesterday. That can’t be a good sign.

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 July 22, 2009 at 5:01 am
    I went to bed after the fifth. No, not “a fifth,” but that would have been better.

    If losing big buck$ to Madoff hasn’t motivated the Wilpons to sell the Mets, we’re closer to five-to-seven years before the Mets are even in contention again, much less play in the postseason. Face it–our team, with the exception of Johan Santana, sucks.

  2. Stephen Greene July 22, 2009 at 5:39 am
    Time to get rid of these so call stars and start over. They had the best chance in 2006 except Beltran choked with the base loaded. The whole team took his clue and have choked the next 3 years. With the Yankess gettting ready to run away with thier divsion I hope the Wilpons look at the stadiums and wonder how Yankeee staduim will be full every night and nobody will be at Citi field even though its cheaper. Maye the Wilpons will wake up when nobody is walking around Jackie Robinson or seating in thier seats!
  3. Stephen Greene July 22, 2009 at 7:24 am
    Tony Bernazard losing his cool in a minor-league clubhouse, as reported by Daily News beat writer Adam Rubin.

    Bernazard, already notorious for his alleged influence in the firing of Willie Randolph and Rick Peterson a year ago, apparently was so incensed on a trip to observe the Mets’ Double-A Binghamton team that he ripped off his shirt in the clubhouse after a game and challenged the players to a fight.
    ——————-

    If the Mets had any guts they would fire Tony now.
    Its bad when he is news and his team is not.
    I hope the Mets are a team that loses money even though they have a new staduim!

  4. Wendy July 22, 2009 at 9:09 am
    Morgan robbed Wright for the only exciting play of the game, not good at all when its your players getting robbed of hits and RBIs.

    Keith Hernandez is the king of senseless and insulting rants, no guarantee with any of these games that Beltran, Delgado and Reyes in the lineup would have changed the outcome.

  5. CatchDog July 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    Joe; the Chapman/Lannan/Lennon was a bit over the line. I know you’re frustrated like the rest of us but please; insinuating killing someone is in very poor taste.
  6. wally July 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    lighten up, catchdog … it’s obviously a joke
  7. CatchDog July 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    wally; Mark Chapman shot and killed John Lennon in cold blood. The coward shot him four times in the back in the presence of John’s wife Yoko and others.

    I happened to be one of those “others”.

    Perhaps some of us that knew John don’t care for the most uncool reference. So, NO –I will not lighten up.

  8. joejanish July 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm
    CatchDog – my apologies. I was not insinuating that anyone get killed. It was a joke. A joke in bad taste, but a joke nonetheless. Part of the risk of attempting humor is going too far and touching on the sensitivities of some individuals or groups — and you’ve been visiting long enough to know I sometimes push the envelope a little too far. My bad.