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.

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. Joe May 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    One positive was that after giving up four in the first, Dickey fairly cruised until the sixth. If Hu turned out to pinch hit for him in the fifth, the Mets would have been 4-2 and it would be left to the bullpen. He, as with some others, were left in a bit too long, and gave up more runs.

    I’m not quite sure why Misch was sent in to get one out with the team down 7-2.

    I don’t think this shows why they are a last place team. Spot a team four runs in the first, it’s hard to win. The bullpen also only gave up one in 2.2 inning. Astros stink, but we are talking the back end of the pen here too.

    Anyway, what did Dickey tell Collins in the tunnel?

  2. Midwestern Met May 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    When you’re a knuckleball pitcher, you need the knuckler to dance. If the knuckler refuses to dance, you’ve got a problem. R.A. Dickey’s got himself a problem.

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  3. Professor Longnose May 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    You had a link to a post about the anniversary of the trade that brought Willie Mays to the Mets, but today is the anniversary of Mays’ first game as a Met. I was at Shea for the game. I went to baseball-reference.com to see if my m emories of the game matched what actually happened. I wasn’t far off. I had remembered Mays as batting third, when he hit leadoff, but I correctly remembered that the first 3 Mets walked, and Rusty Staub, batting cleanup, then hit a grand slam. Mays later hit a solo homer, and the Mets won, 5-4.
    • Joe Janish May 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm
      Thanks for the memories! That must have been quite a thrill to see Willie in his first game as a Met. Thanks again.
  4. CatchDog May 15, 2011 at 9:36 am
    A win today and the Mets go 4-2 on this roadtrip. Play a game over .500 on the road and win 3 out of 5 at home (which they almost did last season 47-34) and you’ve got a 90 win season.

    Good things happen when Bay & Wright actually hit the ball.

  5. The King May 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    Joe,

    Collins said recently that Martinez will probably never play CF because the position increases the wear and tear on his arthritic knee.

  6. The King May 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    Actually Joe, Collins didn’t say that – Steve Popper did in an article interviewing F-Mart and Collins. Here is a link, pal:

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/baseball/121849724_Popper__Time_to_cut_bait_with_Fernando_Martinez_.html

  7. The King May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    Maybe Popper got this info from someone in the organization although it possible that it’s mere conjecture on his part.