Mets Game 52: Loss to Padres

Padres 18 Mets 6

You know things aren’t going well when Oliver Perez’s presence on the mound is a sight for sore eyes.

But that in fact was the case, after watching Hisanori Takahashi allow 6 runs in 4 innings, Raul Valdes allow 4 runs (half of which came on bases-loaded walks) without registering an out, and Ryota Igarashi give up 6 runs in 1/3 of an inning.

That’s right — Takahashi, Valdes, and Igarashi all shat the bed. Meantime, a pumpkin waited in the Petco Park parking lot to take the three of them home.

Game Notes

The only positive to be taken away is that the Mets offense scored 6 runs against a team that has pitched very well this season.

Oh, wait, there’s another: the Mets turned four double plays. Funny, I don’t remember any of them.

To put this embarrassing laugher in perspective: coming into the contest, the Padres were averaging 4 runs per game — and were 24th in MLB in runs scored (204 in 50 games). Did that not hit home? OK, consider that Nick Hundley and Chris Denorfia bat 5th and 6th in the lineup.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Padres face each other again at 10:05 PM EST on Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey faces Wade LeBlanc.

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 June 1, 2010 at 11:23 am
    All of a sudden that 5-1 homestand feels like months ago. I believe the real Met team is now standing up.
  2. AlexSVK June 1, 2010 at 11:44 am
    Oh, c'mon, 'dude. Every team in every sport has games likes this over the course of a long season. It happens. In fact, it's good to have three or four pitchers getting rocked in the same game as opposed to having meltdowns in different games. If you think 'real Mets team' is supposed to lose 6-18, you're exaggerating. The Mets are what they are, but still they are at least an 85-win team with a manager who makes them a .500 team. Sure, Manuel did not cost the Mets this game, but why the hell was Nieve stretching out in the 8th inning? Why was Castillo pinch-hitting in the 9th?

    On the other hand, I'm starting to be worried about Igarashi. The Mets desperately need that one reliable 8th inning arm. The Nieve experiment failed due to overuse and Nieve being a mediocre pitcher to begin with. Now, with Iggy ineffective, Manuel will give the Nieve treatment to Dessens.

  3. Mic June 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm
    recent results from Nieve and Ig suggest Meija is the newest candidate for set-up. Enter text right here!