Mets Game 89: Loss to Giants
Giants 2 Mets 0
It was a tough loss for
Johan Santana Mike Pelfrey R.A. Dickey and the Mets.
Dickey pitched his heart out, allowing one measly run on five hits in seven innings of work — proving beyond argument that it didn’t matter it was he and not Santana or Pelfrey pitching the first game after the All Star Gimmick, because the offense wasn’t going to score against Tim Lincecum no matter who was pitching for the Mets.
R.A. Dickey is making it very difficult to remain skeptical of his success. Is it possible that he simply has finally figured out how to tame the knuckler? Do knuckleballers get better with age, as a direct result of experience and rote? Or is he still riding that element of mystery vs. the National League? Keep on rolling, R.A.
Carlos Beltran made his first appearance of 2010 and managed a single in four at-bats. Naturally, Jose Reyes was out of the lineup with his lingering oblique injury. Beltran looked maybe a touch aggressive and rusty, but not remarkably different from what we expect. He faced Tim Lincecum after seeing A-ball pitching for a month, so I’m not concerned and not going to rush judgment. In the field he was only mildly tested … and no news is good news. Hopefully he can make his transition back to MLB without any major problems.
The Mets collected a total of six singles on the evening against Lincecum.
The other run scored was charged to Elmer Dessens. I have a funny feeling that his luck is quickly running out.
Chris Carter had a pinch-hit single in the eighth. However the Mets needed a pinch-hit homerun in that spot. Oh well .
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Giants play again on Friday night at 10:35 PM EST. Hey, why not just start the game at midnight? These game times drive me nuts … why can’t they start at 6 PM PST? The Left Coasters get out of work by 3 PM / 4 PM, don’t they?
Jonathon Niese is scheduled to face Barry Zito. Luckily most of us can sleep in on Saturday morning.
Last night was a tough night, so a predictable loss. I think that is, in part, why Jerry put Dickey out there against Lincecum. I like the Mets matchups the next 3 days. I would be disappointed if they didn’t split this series.
– Why not sit CB today and let pagan patrol CF. Let CB work his way up to everyday.