Mets Game 126: Loss to Marlins

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So close … but it was a case of too little, too late. And a shame, too, because the Mets had an opportunity to gain another game on BOTH the Braves and the Phillies.

And we DO want the Mets to continue fighting for a playoff spot, don’t we?

Game Notes

Starter Pat Misch was not outstanding, but he wasn’t awful, either … he was about what you’d expect from a fill-in fifth starter who has spent most of the year in AAA: 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, 4 K. In other words, better than what Oliver Perez might’ve accomplished.

What DOES Perez do these days, by the way? He was seen shadow-boxing in the bullpen, which may be preparation for a new career. Maybe he can fight Mike Tyson, who can also use some work. Or maybe Chuck Wepner, aka the “Bayonne Bleeder”, who would then parlay the event into a Rocky 7 movie. Or perhaps into a “Real Rocky” movie, where Ollie stands on stilts and plays the role of Andre the Giant (and Ryota Igarashi can play Antonio Inoki).

Sorry, I digress …

Back to the issue that is irrelevant to game 126, Perez hasn’t pitched since August 1 — it’s been a full 24 days. Even Aaron Sele would’ve made an appearance by now. Heck, Wepner would’ve thrown an inning by now, even at age 71. But, the Mets are still in the race. Right.

Wait, why am I talking about Oliver Perez when David Wright went 2-for-4 with 3 runs and a homer, Josh Thole and Jeff Francoeur each had two hits, and Ike Davis hit his first MLB triple? Because that was the absolute, complete extent of the Mets offense, that’s why. Ain’t much more story to tell, unfortunately.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match occurs at 7:10 PM in Flushing on Thursday evening. Jonathon Niese faces Anibal Sanchez.

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.