Mets Game 151: Loss to Braves

Braves 11 Mets 3

Thank goodness this game was played on the same night as the premiere of House MD. And thanks to Patrick Misch for allowing the score to get out of hand with minutes to spare before the 8 PM start time for House.

Unfortunately, the first episode of House MD was nearly as bad as the game. So it was a tough night all around. The good news for Dr. Gregory House is, he’s out of the mental hospital. The bad news for the Mets is, there are still 11 games to play in 2009.

Misch was blasted in his 1 1/3 innings. Three of the first dozen batters he faced hit homeruns. I won’t get into the gory details.

Meanwhile Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami combined to allow three runs on seven hits in nine innings, walking none and striking out eight. It took the Mets six pitchers to give the Braves eleven runs.


Even my wife wanted to know why it took so many Mets pitchers to finish this laugher. No one could play the role of sacrificial lamb? The only surprise was that we saw neither Sean Green nor Pedro Feliciano.

It’s games like this when I wonder, “where the heck is Adam Bostick, and if he’s not here now, why is he taking up a spot on the 40-man roster?”

The one bright spot of the ballgame was Daniel Murphy, who is on fire. He hit another double — his 36th — and another homer (11th). He is now the Mets’ most ferocious slugger and maybe all those nasty bloggers need to pipe down about his perceived lack of power. Oh wait, that includes me, doesn’t it?

Though Murphy jacked one, no other Mets did. Hmm … every other team can hit balls over the fence at Citi Field …

I feel like every time Bobby Parnell takes the mound, Ron Darling can’t prevent himself from saying “the kid’s got GREAT stuff”. Ron, please elaborate. I see a “live arm”, meaning, he can throw the ball in excess of 95 MPH. Otherwise, I’m not seeing much at all in the way of “stuff”. No sharp breaking ball, no hellacious change-up, no outstanding movement (nor command) on the fastball — nothing that I would define as “great stuff”. Great arm, yes. Great stuff, no.

Brian Stokes is doing this strange extra-rotation thing when he lifts his leg, which I’ve never noticed before. I guess he’s trying to get a little extra on the ball, since he’s no longer hitting 97-98. Or maybe it’s been a while since I’ve seen him on the mound. He’s thrown 62 pitches in the last two days — which is like a K-Rod four-out save attempt.

The Mets have now lost 14 of their 20 games in September. That’s exactly 70% of their ballgames. But here’s one way to look at it: they’re failing as often as the best hitters in the game.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Braves do it again at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. Nelson Figueroa faces Jair Jurrjens.

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. PT&S September 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm
    C’mon, you must know better than to put up House spoilers.
  2. Walnutz15 September 22, 2009 at 8:20 am
    Adam Bostick has actually taken on the position of team-photographer. (eye-roll)

    Whattawaste……he actually pitched well this year at Buffalo, and has gotten nothing to show for it.

    More Met-mysteries. No shortage with this bunch.

    What do you think of Reyes, still trying to come back for a game or two? That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, no?

  3. jay Lund September 22, 2009 at 9:43 am
    says Bostick is not on the 40-man on the mets’ website. was 3-3 with a strikeout per inning. doesn’t say why he’s not here. but at 26, is he our future #2 starter? no. go get a man!

    Millwood, (boras client) will opt out for another deal or demand trade?
    Josh Johnson (met killer)
    halladay (though we have nothing to bargain with)
    Aroldis Chapman (the cuban)
    Zambrano (no, not that one!)

    By Tim Dierkes [September 21 at 9:48am CST]
    There is no indication the Cubs and Mets have discussed swapping disappointing free agent signings Milton Bradley and Oliver Perez. It makes for interesting discussion, however. Joel Sherman of the New York Post even wonders if an expanded deal could include Carlos Zambrano or Luis Castillo.

  4. Walnutz15 September 22, 2009 at 9:51 am
    Point being: Bostick was a guy that was targeted and traded for (Lindstrom/Owens deal) — and he hasn’t even sniffed the Big League team in 2 seasons.

    Granted, he was injured last year…but he pitched well in his 2009 return.

    …..and with a guy like Feliciano starting to talk about a multi-year extension — when his arm will be falling off w/80+ appearances the last 2 seasons: it might be smart to get a good look at a guy like Bostick.

    Again, no foresight with this organization.

  5. isuzudude September 22, 2009 at 9:59 am
    Oh yeah, Milton Bradley is the cure to the Mets’ troubles.

    There are two potential reasons why Bostick isn’t with the Mets now, but they are both entirely speculation. First, maybe he’s hurt. Second, maybe the Mets don’t want to carry him on their 40-man roster because he’d become a free agent at season’s end if they did, whereas if they wait until next year to add him they can retain his rights. Again, it’s all speculation, but I’m grasping for straws in the dark here because no one who has access to this information is shedding any light on the subject, and with how Bostick performed in the minors, and knowing how badly the Mets need a 2nd lefty in the bullpen, it is extremely perplexing as to why Bostick hasn’t made an appearance as of yet.

  6. Mike September 22, 2009 at 10:13 am
    If the Mets were smart they’d let Perpetual Pedro go and use Bostik in the same role. Save money, fresh arm, smart move… so we know it won’t happen.

    More to the point he needs to be looked at here! FA or not he’ll be much cheaper than Pedro so he HAS TO be looked at. I hate this franchise right now.

    Oh and Joe some of us are House fans and have DVRs, please hush with spoilers.

  7. joejanish September 22, 2009 at 10:41 am
    Strange … I would’ve sworn I saw Bostick on the 40-man earlier this season. I’m firing my fact-checker, pronto.

    Jay – Bostick is no difference-maker, but as long as 40-year-olds Elmer Dessens and Ken Takahashi are getting auditions, it might be nice to see another arm under the age of 30 get a look.

    But ‘dude, you might be on to something with the free agent thing. Someone needs to dig deeper into this.

    Funny, this time last year no one would touch Luis Castillo, and now there’s buzz of him being traded for Carlos Zambrano. Wonders never cease.

    Sorry to the House fans. But what are you doing here instead of watching House, anyway???

    Maybe I should take over and write spoilers about the Mets games. Oh wait, no one cares …