Mets Game 116: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 4 Mets 0

You can’t blame Pat Misch for this one.

Misch made the most of his first MLB start in 2010, going six innings and allowing only one unearned run on 8 hits and 2 walks. It was far from a spectacular outing, but it was more than acceptable for a AAA journeyman spot starter going up against Roy Halladay.

Unfortunately for Misch, the Mets could neither play defense nor offense on this particular evening. They made three errors that led to three unearned runs, and could manage to reach base only four times in eight innings against Halladay.

Game Notes

Jose Reyes led off the fourth with his 7th triple, but could not be brought home. The Mets are hitting an anemic .212 in the month of August.

When Placido Polanco singled in Roy Halladay in the third, it was the first time the Phillies scored a run in Citi Field in 2010.

The return of Carlos Beltran after the All-Star exhibition was supposed to “spark” the Mets. Still waiting. Similarly, the promotions of Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez were supposed to “bring youthful energy” to the club. Again, still waiting.

Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch the 9th, making an immediate appearance on his first day back after his lengthy suspension. There were some boos upon his entrance, but it wasn’t overwhelming since the most disgruntled Mets fans left the game an inning before when they saw Elmer Dessens take the mound.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets mounted a mild rally against reliever Ryan Madson, loading the bases with two outs. Had the Mets come back and won, K-Rod would’ve been in line for the victory. As much as I’d prefer to see the Mets win, at this point in the season, and with the way I feel about this K-Rod situation, I don’t think I would’ve been able to stomach such an outcome.

By the way, K-Rod apologized to the owners, his teammates, and the fans in a brief press conference prior to the game. There was no apology issued to his common-law wife, her father, nor his children — I guess because doing so might cause him problems in court later on (?). Also no apology to his teammates’ wives and children and every other innocent bystander who had to be subjected to his lack of civility on Wednesday night, but maybe that will come soon.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match happens on Sunday night at 8:05 PM, with Mike Pelfrey going to the hill against Kyle Kendrick. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

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. gary s. August 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm
    do the wilpons realize how much money they could save on electricity and citifield employee payroll if they just ended the season?what is the purpose anymore this year to even play the watch a parade of non prospects get called up (carter,feliciano,hessman, misch) and do nothing or to watch our failed prospects (tejada and f mart) do nothing.meanwhile the 2 guys on buffalo that are putting up good numbers (turner and duda) remain in buffalo.jets vs giants monday.remind me to check in on the mets next february.thank the good lord for football
  2. tom August 15, 2010 at 12:35 am
    Didn’t know we signed Bill Buckner to play 3rd base…
  3. TheDZA August 15, 2010 at 5:21 am
    Thank God the Wil-pony’s didn’t cut any of the coaching staff who do such an incredible job galvanising a team with a huge payroll.

    God is there REALLY another 6 wks of this?
    How can no-one lift a sac fly, or punch a ball through the infield with no outs, and a guy on 3rd…a guy who runs quicker than anyone else on the team?!
    Still it was Roy Halladay I guess…

    Oh and what’s the odds that Omar lets RA Dickey go at the end of the year?Probably won’t fit in with the direction of the team for 2011.

    God it’s 10am on sunday and I have used up all my sarcasm…

    • Harry C August 15, 2010 at 11:02 am
      If they get a new GM I would hope he would have full control and be able to really build a team. I would hope he waould trade the only two cheap players who could bring in young talent. Pagan and Dickey. The rich guys, all you can do is dumop and get little in return and do that too. And really build. I’d say re-build but isicne there was no foundation in Queens its a build. As for the guy above sad that some hot Buffalo guys weren’t brought up. I think that was correct. They stay in Buffalo they aren’t subjected to the poisonous atmosphere in Queens. What happened to that great clubhouse led by that fraud Francower? Oh yeah he is now a troublemaker demanding a rade ust like the hated Castillo. We all knew it was a lie from the start didn
      ‘t we.
  4. wohjr August 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Ugh. Just ugh.

    Hey– speaking of which, where is the guy who was saying that DWright was a surefire 1st ballot Hall of Famer!!!