Mets Game 126: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 2 Mess 1

After a whirlwind of news, moves, and another appearance by Mushmouth, the Mets game against the Marlins was something of a denouement. What the Mets needed was a deus ex machina.

(Why all the literary references? Why not? If the Mets can’t provide any entertainment, at least we can provide some education … the kiddies will be on their way back to school shortly, after all.)

Nelson Figueroa did a workmanlike, respectable job in the ace’s hole, allowing one earned run on four hits in five innings. About the best as could be expected, considering that he’d thrown 6 innings in the previous seven days and was sent to the mound on short notice. However, his best wasn’t good enough on this evening, as the Mets offense could muster only one run against the Fish.

Two key moments of the game: Dan Murphy’s two errors on one play in the fourth that led to the Marlins’ tying run, and the Mets’ inability to score any runs in the top of the fifth, despite loading the bases and having Jeff Francoeur at the plate with a 3-0 count. Francoeur eventually popped out, and Fernando Tatis followed with a strikeout to end the inning and the only semblance of a rally for the Mets on the evening.


Sean Green threw 50 pitches over two innings of scoreless relief; he allowed five baserunners but none crossed the plate.

Francoeur was the only Met to collect more hits than Nelson Figueroa.

Dan Murphy’s ten-game hitting streak came to an end; he was 0-for-4, seeing 10 pitches in his four plate appearances.

Former Met Matt Lindstrom made an appearance, striking out one and looking dominating with a 98-MPH fastball. Good thing the Mets traded that guy.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Marlins do it again at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Mike Pelfrey faces Josh Johnson in a battle of giants.

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.