Mets Game 39: Loss to Astros
Astros 7 Mets 3
A day after showing us why the Astros are a last-place team, the Mets showed us why they remain a last-place team.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey was not good. He was bad, actually. Dickey allowed 6 runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out 2, against an offense that is average at best. Though, maybe the Astros are simply really good knuckleball hitters. Dickey’s knuckler varied between being far out of the strike zone and tumbling over the middle of the plate as a fat, easy-to-hit pitch.
Billy Hall had two hits, including a solo homer. After seeing him hit about 8 times so far, I’m stunned he ever hits safely. He is completely clueless at that plate and when he does make contact, it’s usually a foul popup. Except when he hits knuckleballs over the fence, of course.
Ryota Igarashi threw 34 pitches in 1 2/3 innings, and was hit hard. On the surface, he appears to have “good stuff”, but in reality, he misses the strike zone too often with his breaking pitches and then is forced to throw his fastball, which is generally high, straight, and usually gets too much of the middle of the plate.
Is it me or does Brett Wallace look perpetually miserable? C’mon man, at least pretend you’re having a good time out there.
OK, let’s focus on the positives. Justin Turner made a great diving play at second base to save a run in the bottom of the fifth, and also did a great job of plunking a tough two-strike pitch into short right field to drive in a run in the third. Also good to see: Dan Murphy blasting a homer and Fernando Martinez lashing a double. F-Mart looks locked in.
Speaking of Martinez, there was talk from Terry Collins suggesting that Jason Bay could move over to centerfield to give F-Mart playing time in left. Um … huh? I’ve seen Bay in CF and he is adequate. But what’s puzzling is why wouldn’t F-Mart go to CF? Isn’t Martinez supposed to be a centerfielder? Maybe not … what do I know?
Next Mets Game
The rubber match begins at 2:05 PM EST on Sunday afternoon. Chris Capuano goes against 23-year-old righthander Aneury Rodriguez. I like the Mets’ chances in this matchup, considering that Rule 5 pick Rodriguez has thus far been ineffective as a starter; he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings against the Reds on May 9th.