Mets Game 94: Loss to Diamondbacks

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For the eleventh straight game, the Mets have been held to four runs or less.

And for the fifth time in six tries since the All-Star exhibition, the Mets lost — despite having Carlos Beltran starting in centerfield.

In fact, the Mets have yet to win a game with Beltran in the lineup; their one “win” came when Phil Cuzzi blew the call at home plate that should’ve given the Giants the victory.

What made this loss more painful was the fact the Mets were held to one run on five hits through eight innings by a lounge singer from the 1970s. Didn’t Barry Enright open for Tom Jones or Engelbert Humperdinck at a Vegas club back in the day?

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey pitched seven strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, but walked away with a loss. The Mets offense is really messing up Disney’s script.

The only Mets to cross the plate were Josh Thole — who hit his first MLB homer — and Angel Pagan, who blasted a solo shot of his own to make things interesting in the top of the ninth.

Pagan and Jose Reyes combined to go 4-for-8 to set the table at the top of the lineup. Unfortunately, no one sat down to dinner nor did anyone clean up.

At the beginning of the game, SNY experienced “transmission issues” and there was no video broadcast. My thought was that the Mets have been so bad lately, SNY felt none of us could bear to watch. As it turned out, Emmy-award-winning producer Bill Webb was arrested by Arizona immigration officers, who had profiled him as a result of his spending too much time in the sun earlier in the day (Webb also reportedly answered “gracias” when handed a cup of coffee moments before the arrest). Kevin Burkhardt posted bail and Webb returned in time to get the Mets back on TV screens around the fourth inning.

Next Mets Game

The Mets will try to salvage at least one game in the series finale on Wednesday night in Arizona. Jonathon Niese faces Dan Haren in a contest that begins at 9:40 PM EST.

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  1. Bill July 21, 2010 at 10:36 am
    This team is an embarrassment. Seriously, 1-5 on this road trip, after getting Beltran back? 4 runs or less in 11 games? Everyone wants a pitcher, but “maybe” we need a bat too. The problem is, where do you put the bat? 2b? Who are you going to get?

    This team is in serious trouble, and I say this as a fairly optimistic Mets fan. 6.5 out of the division, 3.5 out of the wild card and 5 more on the road to go. The Braves won’t lose, the Phillies could take off at any minute, and the Mets couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. Sorry to vent, just needed to get that off my chest.

  2. gary s. July 21, 2010 at 11:17 am
    The team is lifeless, much like the manager.We can’t score runs because other than wright, pagan and davis (the jury’s out on beltran) everyone else in this lineup is an out machine.We lose all the close games because manuel is clueless about how to make moves that help the team in a close game. Plus the BAD KARMA of perez and castillo joining the team on the same day!!!!We have to hope all the losing will kill attendence the rest of the year and the wilpons will sell or get desparate and actually get a gm and a manager that have a clue,Don’t hold your breath..
  3. wohjr July 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    Pretty depressing loss– I was watching the arizona feed… did anyone else catch a little tiff between thole and RA after that third run scored?

    All I could think of was Costanza yelling “Mrs. Enright!!!” in that episode where he eats that eclair out of the trash

  4. Bill July 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    I was watching the Arizona feed too, on DirecTV….those announcers were terrible. Mark Grace should stick to signing autographs.

    You are right, the loss last night was terrible, the offense is terrible right now. The Mets are on very thin ice in regards to the playoffs at this point. They need to turn it around quickly before it’s too late…and it may already be.
    Don’t worry though, b/c if this team doesn’t make the playoffs, Jerry and probably Omar will both be gone at the end of the year.

    Bay needs to snap out of his power struggles. Beltran needs to move to right field. Thole needs to get more playing time.