Mets Game 34: Loss to Dodgers

Dodgers 4 Mets 2

A weekend sweep wasn’t in the cards for the Mets, but at least they finished their homestand with an even 3-3 record. And yes, going .500 is something to be pleased about when you are in last place with a 15-19 overall record.

Mets Game Notes

R.A. Dickey put forth an admirable effort, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings. The score might’ve been a lot worse had he not miraculously escaped a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fifth. It looked as though it would be a long, destructive inning, as the bases were juiced and the heart of the Dodgers’ order was coming to the plate. But Matt Kemp had terrible at-bat, concluding it with a weak grounder right back to Dickey, who easily started a 1-2-3 double play. Juan Uribe followed with a groundout and that was the end of the inning.

Uribe, by the way, looked absolutely awful for the entire series. He usually puts up good numbers that include some power so I guess he’s in a slump.

The top three hitters in the Dodgers lineup went a combined 7-for-13 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Those three included Jamey Carroll, Aaron Miles, and Andre Ethier.

Jose Reyes had two hits including another triple — his sixth of the season. He’s on pace to hit 28 triples before the year is over.

Ronny Paulino had two hits and an RBI and other than one passed ball, did a fairly good job of catching Dickey’s knuckleball.

Scott Hairston, who was signed because he — like Paulino — kills lefties, lived up to the billing by going 2-for-3.

The Mets were 1-for-9 with RISP and left 10 runners on base.

I can’t decide who looks younger: Chin-lung Hu or Michael O’Connor. But they both look like they were plucked from a junior high school cafeteria.

The deciding blow of the game was a two-run homer by Ethier with one out in the seventh and O’Connor warmed up and ready to come in from the bullpen. I’m not sure why Terry Collins changed his mind about replacing Dickey in that situation, but I guess he had a hunch.

Next Mets Game

The Mets travel to Colorado for a 3-game set with the Rockies. Game one begins on Monday night at 8:40 PM EST and pits Chris Capuano vs. Jhoulys Chacin.

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. Gray May 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm
    Why are Wright and Bay standing so far away from the plate? It is incredibly frustrating. They both don’t have a chance on any balls to the outside of the plate. I don’t understand that if it is so obvious to the viewer, why the player or hitting coach can’t make the adjustment. Am I crazy?
  2. Joe May 9, 2011 at 6:53 am
    Unearned run and Bay not being able to get a hit with the bases loaded did it.
  3. Walnutz15 May 9, 2011 at 7:16 am
    I take a great amount of comfort in remembering “this is David Wright’s team” — so much more re-assuring than when it was Delgado’s team.

    Glad he left, and passed the torch to our “Captain”.

  4. Izzy May 9, 2011 at 7:58 am
    Hmm, i thought Jerry, whoops I guess it was Terry who pronounced a platoon except when Dickey was pitching. Same old same old. Why did we dump the last regime?