Mets Game 159: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 7 Mets 4

The season cannot end soon enough.

The Mets had a two-zip lead early, the Nats fought back with a run, the Met answered with an insurance run, the Nats got another run, and the Mets answered yet again with an insurance run. So in the bottom of the ninth, Francisco Rodriguez stepped on the mound to protect a 4-2 lead.

Fifteen minutes and 37 pitches later, Justin Maxwell was mobbed by his teammates at home plate, in celebration of his two-out, full-count, game-winning, walk-off grand slam and the Nationals’ 7-4 victory.

The most horrifying part of it all? I was not one bit surprised. In fact, I almost expected Maxwell to bang one over the wall.


Tim Redding pitched well yet again, tossing 6 innings of one-run, four-hit ball. He’s gone 6+ innings in six of his last seven starts, allowing 16 earned runs. But how do you measure this late-season streak against a contract for next year, when he looked so inadequate in the ten starts previous? Tough call.

In contrast, K-Rod has been performing poorly as the season wears on. He’s now 1-4 with 19 earned runs allowed in 25 innings since the All-Star Break. Ouch.

Jeff Francoeur, Fernando Tatis, and Omir Santos accounted for six of the Mets’ seven hits.

In the top of the ninth, the Mets had three hits and the Nats made an error but only one run scored.

The Nationals’ Josh Bard had only one official plate appearance yet saw 27 pitches (he walked 3 times).

Next Mets Game

Thankfully for us fans, there will not be another game until Friday night at 7:10 PM in Flushing. John Maine heads to the mound against Wandy Rodriguez.

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. wohjr September 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm
    I’ll take 3 more of these kind of losses against the stros if its the end of Jerry
  2. murph September 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm
    “The most horrifying part of it all? I was not one bit surprised.”

    Exactly, Joe.
    If it was any team other than the 2009 Mets, it would be a devastating loss. But for this bunch, it’s business as usual.

  3. isuzudude October 1, 2009 at 10:18 am
    I officially cannot stand Francisco Rodriguez any more. This guy is worse than Braden Looper. To think we have 2 more years of watching him walk the bases loaded and blow save after save while pointing fingers of blame at his teammates makes me shudder. If he’s ever called “Frankie Fantastic” again I’m gonna lose it.

    And I gotta say, I’m right on the brink of just dropping this team from my life altogether. They just do so many things wrong, ass-backwards, illogical, nonsensical. They covet pansies and backstabbers and lamebrains. They are losers by every sense of the word, and they don’t have a clue how to shed that label. The camel’s back needs just one more straw for me to give up. I just can’t take anymore of watching the Yankees and Phillies do everything right, and the Mets do everything wrong. It’s not funny, it’s not fun. So why bother?

  4. Mike October 1, 2009 at 11:01 am
    I’ve never been so happy to be a Jets fan. Just End The Season… please!!!
  5. Walnutz15 October 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    ‘dude….it might very well be another 3 seasons of The Artist Formerly Known As “K”-Rod.

    He’s got some very easily attainable incentive-clauses, based on performance — which all but assures that 4th year to kick in.

    Unless he gets hurt before then….which has become a staple of any of our acquisitions.

    Stay tuned!