Mets Game 29: Loss to Giants

Giants 7 Mets 6

Another one-run game, another loss.

Mets Game Notes

R.A. Dickey didn’t pitch all that well, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk in 6 innings. Even though he walked only one, he didn’t have great control of the knuckler; it was all over the place, and Josh Thole was having trouble catching it. To counteract the issue, Dickey threw his fastball about 25% of the time; when he has good command of the knuckler, that number is usually around 10%. The biggest problem was that a few knuckleballs floated high and in the middle of the plate — and a few is too many against MLB hitters.

It was nice to see the Mets fight back with two runs in the bottom of the third to re-take the lead after Dickey allowed 4 in the top half, and fight back again in the 6th to tie it up. Though they didn’t win the game, at least the Mets kept the game interesting.

After seeing Mike Fontenot hitting in the three-spot, I was not expecting the Giants to score 7 runs.

Jose Reyes had three hits, walked three times, stole a base, scored a run, and drove in a run. He was also eaten alive by a sharp grounder off the bat of Nate Schierholtz that was ruled a hit. Schierholtz stole second, went to third when Josh Thole’s throw veered into right field, and scored on a swinging bunt by Emmanuel Burriss. Little things …

Carlos Beltran also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a walk. His three-run homer to give the Mets an early lead was nice to see. He got a pitch at the knees over the heart of the plate and he jerked it into the right-field seats.

Ike Davis also hit another homerun — it was just short of Shea Bridge. Who does he think he is, Adam Dunn?

The Mets have 18 homers at 14 games in Citi Field and 7 homers in 15 games on the road this year. I don’t know that we can expect that ratio to continue throughout the year.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Giants do it again at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Chris Capuano pitches against Tim Lincecum. Why don’t I feel good about that matchup?

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  1. Izzy May 4, 2011 at 10:24 am
    Dickey caught Tulo and the Rocks off guard with the fastball. Now he thinks its his salvation. Just like the wheel play. Collins used it a couple times effectively and now doesn’t comprehend that its not effective when guys are looking for it and ready to butcher boy. This whole team from top to bottom thinks one game is everything.
    • Joe May 4, 2011 at 10:27 am
      Well, one time comes to mind, and Reyes threw wildly at first. Now, it was foreseen (pretty obviously, given that little talk the pitcher was given), and resulted in a run. So, not sure how useful the wheel play has been at all. I might have missed the time it actually totally worked, I admit.
      • Walnutz15 May 4, 2011 at 10:58 am
        The one time they actually used it, Reyes “pulled a Wright” – and fired the ball into RF.
  2. Joe May 4, 2011 at 10:25 am
    Dickey made it hard to win the game. When you have to score seven, even if you were given a cookie to do just that in the 9th, it is a hard hill to climb. Especially after K-Rod’s Houdini act.

    Dickey coming to ground this season is not exactly shocking but it isn’t actually helpful. I’m still not enthused at Gee being in the pen, but he basically did what he had to. That is, given them some outs at a key part of the game.

    Going 1-4 after a winning streak is also not helpful.

  3. Walnutz15 May 4, 2011 at 10:34 am
    1. Handful of strange decisions by Collins last night, capped off by seeing Ike Davis “squaring to bunt” — in quotation marks, because it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen; and can’t truly call it that.

    2. Thole looks awful behind the plate lately, and I hope he gets himself together. The struggles with the stick (few hits last night, sure) — coupled with tough times behind the dish = a lot on the brain.

    Would have been nice to see him do anything but what he did with the sacks full in the 9th.

    3. Not gonna KILL Reyes, but I don’t love him standing idly at 1st in that 10th inning. Huge lead to the cut-out, good chance to swipe the bag the second he saw Wilson’s left foot make any kind of movement whatsoever — not sure why he was still there. (That kind of cat-mouse game….will he/won’t he run plays havoc with the hitter at the plate….and the Mets needed to get something going there with 2 outs.)

    4. Bunt attempt aside, I still like Ike.

    5. Amazing that this team is getting so much out of Beltran, yet still can’t find a way to win. Can’t truly complain about the health of the starting lineup yet — and they’re still 5 games under .500.

    Getting over that Bi-Polar streak where some Met fans get fooled into thinking good things — it’s still gonna be a long season, folks.

  4. Walnutz15 May 4, 2011 at 10:36 am
    P.S. – Take a look at what’s going on these days, and you’ll quickly notice. . . .last year’s “success” on the hill was nothing more than an anomaly.

    Takahashi’s getting his tits lit.

    Dickey’s coming back down to earth at a rapid rate of speed.

    Newsflash: Dan Warthen’s no miracle worker.

  5. Anthony May 4, 2011 at 11:52 am
    Here’s hoping that the Giants were so impressed by Reyes that they’ll offer the Mets a huge package of propsects and young major league players.

    Let’s trade Reyes, Beltran, and K-Rod and get the rebuilding plan in full swing.

    If Pelfrey can pull it together and anyone wants him, let’s ship him out too.

  6. mic May 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    seen the blogsphere? MANY are calling for Thole to be BENCHED?

    1. 9th inning, I had Paulino up to hit for Thole in that situation. With intent to have Paulino catch in xtras. That said I think paulino probably drives in that run.

    2. The pitching needs a break. I think the game calling, pitch calling and pitch coaching needs changes.

    • Joe May 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm
      1. Paulino was up in the 8th and failed to drive in Thole, who had just hit (his third; and was sacrificed over to second). If you left Paulino in for Thole, who’s to say he would not ground out to the shortstop again? DP possible that way too.

      2. What sort of “break” are you talking about? Dickey gave up six runs, not his first suspect outing. How would you change that? Or, is he just pitching to his true journeyman (a perfectly okay but flawed part of good teams) abilities?

  7. Walnutz15 May 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    These are – more or less – the exact reservations I’ve had the past couple of seasons, where Met fans were so quick to fork-over the starting position to Thole. (No questions asked, naturally.)

    While I do feel that this is the time to let Thole wet his beak, and get familiar with our pitching staff/grab as many AB’s as he possibly can — you just hope he rights the ship at some point.

    Another thing so many fans were quick to “observe” about Thole in ST? His “developing power”. . . . .

    One thing you learned really quickly about coming back North after a Floridian spring was. . . .friendly jet-streams down there, where the ball jumped out of the yard.

    That doesn’t happen very much during the first few months of the season in the Northeast; especially for guys that don’t have much power to begin with.

    Definitely should have pinch-hit Paulino last night, regardless of the hindsight — a few innings more after a full day off wasn’t going to kill anyone.

  8. Walnutz15 May 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    Have to correct myself there on the pinch-hit Paulino for Thole angle — not that he was available [he batted for Izzy in the 8th], however:

    Tons of “burnin’ the bench” goin’ on with Collins last night. He couldn’t PH for Duda fast enough in the 5th inning (Hairston). . . . .then again for Hairston (with Harris) in the 7th.

    Paulio pinch hits for Izzy in the 8th, and you’re left with. . . . .Chin-Lung Hu (surprise, surprise) to hit in the 10th inning.

    Weak bench to begin with.

    5-5 game in the 5th. . . . .why the hell is Duda being pinch-hit for there?

    Guess it’s along the lines of what I was thinking, in seeing Ike Davis sky a foul infield pop-up on a bunt attempt.

    Smarten up, Terry!

  9. mic May 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    1. Note: Buster Posey has been said to be struggling too. too much too young?

  10. gary s. May 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    The Ike bunt was absurd..WHY ARE U BUNTING THE BEST RBI BATTER ON THE TEAM??29 games into the season and we still don’t have a second baseman much better thab castillo.The more murphy plays the more he is exposed as a .260 hitter with a little pop without a position.The more Collins manages the more he reminds me of Jerry Manuel except for the lack of f jokes in the postgame which i don’t miss