Mets Game 62: Loss to Dodgers

Dodgers 5 Mets 3

In seven of the last eight games, the Mets have lost in every way possible.

They’ve had games where they received good pitching without offensive support. There have been games where they hit well but the pitching was battered. They’ve been on the wrong end of laughers and lost close games. And last night they simply, flat-out, lost.

El Duque dominated the Dodgers the first time through the lineup, then struggled a bit. In the end he gave up all five runs on seven hits and three walks in five and two-thirds innings. Not a great performance by any means, but considering how well he’s pitched this year, he was bound to have a poor outing. Though, his timing was terrible.

Meantime, Randy Wolf allowed two quick runs in the first inning, but only gave up one more the rest of the way. He didn’t exactly pitch well — the Mets hit bullets all over the place — but the Mets could not push runners across the plate. A number of hard line drives were hit right at people, often in key situations.

The Mets’ best chance for a big inning came in the top of the fifth, when Shawn Green had a one-out infield single and Carlos Beltran followed with another that bounced off Wolf. David Wright blasted a line drive to leftfield that might have scored both runners, but it was speared by Luis Gonzalez for the second out. After that, the Mets could muster only one more hit in the game, a single by Paul LoDuca


Nothing notable, other than the fact the Mets suddenly stink.

Next Game

The Mets will find a way to lose against Hong-Chih Kuo in another 10:10 PM start (it may as well start at 2 AM). John Maine will be the sacrificial lamb of the Mets.

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.