Mets Game 89: Loss to Reds

Reds 8 Mets 4

Perhaps the reason for John Maine’s loss was that he had no losing streak to stop.

The Big Red Machine jumped on John for four runs in the first inning — courtesy of a grand slam by cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips — and added another four before it was all over to topple the Mets in front of a Friday night crowd of over 51,300 fans in Shea Stadium. In short, it was not a good day for John Maine.

It was, however, a splendid evening for Phillips, who finished 3-for-5 with 6 RBI. Cincinnati starter and human eclipse Aaron Harang had a decent night himself, going six innings, allowing three runs, and striking out eight en route to his tenth victory of the season.

The lone bright spot for the Mets was the first homerun of the season for Lastings Milledge, who appears to have brought his hot bat with him from the minors.


Mike Pelfrey came on to relieve Maine in the fifth. Is it possible someone among the Mets’ brass read my article on Flushing University regarding moving Pelfrey to the bullpen? (Most likely …. NOT!) Pelf allowed two hits, a walk, and a run in one and a third in his debut as a reliever. Not so hot, but on the bright side, there’s plenty of room for improvement!

Ruben Gotay went 2-for-5, including a double and another RBI. If he keeps this up Willie might be forced to start him on a regular basis. However, Gotay did make two errors on one play so maybe now he can’t be trusted in the field.

Carlos Delgado continues to swing a hot bat, also hitting a double and collecting two hits in three tries and driving in a run. His buddy Shawn Green finally broke out of his own slump, with two hits and a stolen base, his seventh of the season.

After Pelfrey was removed, the Mets bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to finish the game — one each by Guillermo Mota, Scott Schoeneweis, and Aaron Heilman. The Show is really proving his worth as a man you can count on in games that are out of hand.

Next Game

The Mets and Reds do it again at 7:10 PM on Saturday night at Shea. Tom Glavine goes for number 298 against Matt Belisle. IMHO, it’s a “must win” for the Mets and for Glavine — not because they have to fend off the surging second-place Braves as much as the Reds are a team they MUST take at least two, and preferably three, from. The Mets will be facing some tough teams in the West next week, and therefore need to take advantage of last-place squads such as Cincinnati.

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. sincekindergarten July 14, 2007 at 10:39 am
    Joe, you and Jimmy . . . Hell, all of you, and I apologize for not remembering your names . . . might jump on me for this . . . but so be it. If “The Schow” pitches in games that are out of hand, then maybe a reliever that we can trust doesn’t have to pitch, and they can rest for another day . . . when they’re needed to bail the Mets out of a tight spot.
  2. Micalpalyn July 14, 2007 at 1:03 pm
    Time to get off Sho: Sho debuted as a longman but (injury not helping) that bombed. Then he made him a set up man. ((????) Now he is LOOGY which is where he should have been. Bradford was a one batter specialist too.

    G. Mota: He needs to hang out with Feliciano and NOT Tommy G. he keeps slinging that slider to the outside hoping someone wiill swing at it, and they never do. Good news is the slider inside is working.

    Gotay: now he is up to .350 under adversity. I did not see the defensive gaff so I cant talk about it.

    Lastings: HR was nice but he could have brought the mets back with clutch hits in earlier at bats. Then again Double play-soon to be FA LoDuca killed two EXCELLENT rallies singlehanded. Loduca could find his pink slip REAL early if there is a FA catcher out there. Heck PIAZZA would be an upgrade right now!!!

    I like Pelfrey in the BP. You neglacted to give kudos on this move because here he can sling FB after FB to his hearts content. plus he with his righty 95mph FB gives a different look than ANY other BP arm. NOTE: pelfrey struck out (?) with 2 men on. Yes he gave up a run but it was a great start. Next up Humber.

    shawn Green is still slumping dont be fooled. Ledee should have been retained over Green, because Ledee can play defense, & remembers the art of the extra base hit.

  3. joe July 14, 2007 at 6:29 pm
    re: The Show – yes i’m glad he’s able to preserve arms in mopup duty. Unfortunately for him he must be the victim of my sardonic wit.

    re: Mota – outside is where the slider belongs.

    re: Gotay – hurray! I still think he’s our Robinson Cano

    re: Lastings – i’m trying real hard to be nice to this guy, for whom I reserve a prejudice due to personal reasons.

    re: LoDuca – he won’t be a Met in ’08 – guaranteed.

    re: Pelfrey – why would i pat myself on the back? clearly Omar reads FlushingU

    re: Ledee / Green – please stop the madness. Ledee never was, never will be a starter. Green at least has a resume, and has played well in the past, and even a shell of his former self is still twice as valuable as Ledee at his best. Plus I like Green a whole lot more — so I’ll never be able to agree with any rational or logical statements to the contrary. 🙂