Mets Game 151: Loss to Marlins

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The battle for third place did not go well for the Mets.

Wow, how sad is that? The Mets are “battling” for third place — and losing thus far. That’s what this season has come to, with less than a dozen games left. The hot stove season can’t come soon enough.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey pitched well, but couldn’t hang around long enough to earn his first win vs. the Fish since his MLB debut. Big Pelf went 7 full innings, allowing only one earned run on 5 hits and no walks, striking out 4. He exuded a confidence we haven’t seen in a while, and was fairly sharp in spotting the fastball. To me, his mechanics looked the best they’ve been since before the All-Star exhibition, particularly in staying upright and using his height and gravity to his advantage — i.e., the “tall and fall” style of delivery. The hunch-over that we spotted a long time ago was less obvious, and he also did a good job of driving momentum toward the plate instead of side-to-side. Honestly, I have not seen such clean and efficient mechanics from Pelfrey since June. And what do you know? He pitched well. It’s like the two might be related or something.

Unfortunately for Pelfrey, Adalberto Mendez (who?) was just as effective against the Mets lineup, also going seven frames and allowing only one earned run. So the ballgame became a battle of the bullpens, and in the end, the Mets were on the short end of the stick. But when Elmer Dessens is the best guy you can send to the mound in the 8th inning of a tie ballgame on the road … well, what do you expect?

Lucas Duda hit his second big-league homer and went 2-for-4. Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada also had two hits apiece, with Tejada hitting a double.

David Wright went 3-for-4, including his 25th homer of the year.

Next Mets Game

The final game of this quick two-game set occurs at 7:10 PM in Miami. Jonathon Niese faces Alex Sanabia.

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.