Mets Game 110: Loss to Padres

Padres 3 Mets 1

Bobby Parnell started his first MLB game, but fell far short of finishing it. In fact, he couldn’t finish the third inning.

Parnell allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings, but it felt a lot longer and a lot worse than that. In some ways, the game as a whole resembled a Steve Trachsel episode — it just dragged on and on. And on.

Parnell’s outing would not have been so bad if the Mets mounted a rally at any point in the contest. But, like the evening previous, they shot their load in the first frame — scoring all of one run, on an improbable homer by Alex Cora. The Mets mustered only five hits all night, with Cora’s aberration the only extra-base effort.

Remarkably it could’ve been worse, as the Padres left 13 men on base. The Mets were lucky it was a two-run game.

Oh, and to twist that knife just a bit more … Heath Bell — last night’s winning pitcher — earned his 28th save. For those counting, that’s four more than Frankie Rodriguez. And the Padres have only 47 wins all year.


Parnell threw a total of 68 pitches, two shy of his “limit” of 70 — and double the amount he pitched on any one day previously this season. I remain absolutely stunned that an organization with so few personnel as talented and youthful as Parnell can be so incredibly irresponsible.

But it gets better. According to Jerry Manuel during the SNY postgame, Parnell is expected to go to 85 PITCHES in his next start !!! Who is the genius making these illogical decisions?

Heck, why not make K-Rod a starter? He should be able to hurl a good 75-80 pitches. And he’s not getting many save opportunities, so it will be a great way to get him work. And like Parnell, Frankie Fantastic was a starter in the minors, so he can do it.

BTW, people made fun of me when I joked about “reversing the game” in a post at MetsBlog last year. But with this game the Mets have executed it. Is it any surprise a joke became reality in this comedy of errors we call the Mets’ season?

The Mets are now 51-59. They have not been 8 games under .500 since 2004 — in the days when Art Howe “lit up a room”.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the four-game series will be played at 4:05 PM on Sunday afternoon. Johan Santana goes to the mound against former Saratoga Springs prep star Tim Stauffer.

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. isuzudude August 9, 2009 at 10:30 am
    I can’t even believe Parnell is getting another start. What did he do over the course of the 2.1 innings he threw last night that made the Mets believe he earned another start, or that he’ll be able to make the transition into the rotation? Seriously, if you have a reliever who can let it all hang out coming out of the bullpen and throw in upwards of 100 MPH an inning at a time, why would you piss that away by putting him into the rotation where he will routinely ring up 100 pitches by the 4th inning and max out at 93-95 MPH? Why do the Mets constantly feel the need to shoot themselves in the foot with every decision they make?

    So the Mets have 51 wins. There are 52 games to go. They are 9-14 since the all-star break, which is a .391 winning percentage. If this current pace continues, the Mets will be 20-32 the rest of the season. That puts them at 71 wins. So we are likely looking at a 71-91 season. Yet, with 6 losses in their last 7 games, and clear signs of season forfeiture and concession, 20 more wins even seems quite lofty at this juncture. Especially considering Maine, Beltran, Niese, and Reyes all but certainly aren’t coming back, and Delgado, Putz, Wagner, Sheffield, and Castillo aren’t going to be at 100% when they do come back. That’s also not taking into consideration that more players are bound to get hurt between now and season’s end. And also not taking into account that the Mets will be playing teams in the playoff hunt (a.k.a. teams that are much better than them) from August 14 thru September 17. So I say there is a very solid chance the Mets win less than 71 games this year. In fact, I think they’ll win less than 66 games, which would be even more futile than the duldrums of 2003.

    In other words, if you haven’t counted the Mets out of contention yet, it’s time to do so. And it’s probably time to find a new activity to do, as well, rather than throwing 3 hours a day down the drain watching this sorry excuse of a baseball team.

    But for those of you who want some fantasy baseball advice, here’s some free of charge: find any available pitcher who is scheduled to face the Mets and pick him up. It’s an easy win and probably a solid 6-7 inning, 2-3 run performance every time.

  2. Mike August 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm
    At this point SNY should just show BMets’ and Cyclones’ games so I can see Ike Davis develop plate discipline and power and watch this year’s draft class in Brooklyn.
  3. Jim August 10, 2009 at 10:59 am
    Whenever I’ve watched or listened to the mets this year, I could only think of Mets fans in the role of Kevin Bacon in his Animal House “Frat Paddling” scene. Every time we try to enjoy a moment of joy, it’s quickly followed by another spank. No Victor Martinez, no Halladay, nop Cliff Lee, no Alex Rijo…. “Thank You sir, may I have another.” Unfortunately, the more I’ve followed our comedy kings this season, the more I’m convinced I’m watching a peculiar, perverse sports version of Animal House, only the fans are taking the beatings. I’ll watch the Arizona series, and I suppose more often than not, it will feel like I am saying, “Thank You, Sir. May I have another.” So, if you are ready fans, assume the position!