Mets Game 45: Loss To Yankees

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Chris Capuano gave up 4 home runs to 4 different Yankee batters in 5 1/3 innings pitched as the Mets got blasted out of Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series with their crosstown-rival Yankees. A.J. Burnett held the Met lineup in check for 6 1/3 innings to get the win.

Mets Game Notes

Justin Turner continued his consecutive games with a rbi streak to 7 but he remained basically the only Met to get a hit with runners in scoring position. The team left 14 men on base (ouch) throughout the game and as they have done the whole season, barely got any clutch hits with 2 outs in an inning. The other 2 runs were scored on a Jason Bay sacrifice fly in a 2-run 1st and on a Carlos Beltran single in the 5th.

The normally reliable Chris Capuano was blitzed by the Yankee hitters and suffered from the incredibly close fences at the new Yankee Stadium. Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez all hit home runs off of the Met lefty as all 6 of the runs he gave up in his start came off of home runs. Capuano dropped to 3-5 on the season.

A.J. Burnett wasn’t dominating by any sense of the word but after a bases-loaded rally in the first which plated two Met runs, he held the injury-depleted Mets in check for 5+ more innings. Burnett improved to 5-3 on the year.

Pedro Beato made his first appearance since May 1st and threw 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief to keep his season era at 0.00. He just came off of the 15-day DL a couple of days ago. In the 8th, Taylor Buchholz gave up a run increasing his era on the year to 1.99. I guess he is human after all.

Josh Thole continued to show Terry Collins why Ronny Paulino should be starting over him behind the plate everyday with another 0-4 night. That effort dropped his batting average to .205 on the season, just mere percentage points above the dreaded Mendoza line.

Jason Bay continues to look out of place at the plate this season as he still didn’t get a hit tonight and his average dropped to .222 this year. When watching the games, it looks like Bay is extremely far off of the plate when getting ready to swing which is why he seemingly can’t extend his bat to hit pitches on the outside corner.

Next Mets Game

The Mets’ Mike Pelfrey takes on Yankees’ Ivan Nova tomorrow at 1:05 pm at the new Yankee Stadium in the rubber match of this installment of the subway series. A win in this series would give the Mets 5 series wins in their last 6 series a far cry from the 5-13 start of the season.

Josh Burton is a student at Lynbrook High School on Long Island in New York. He enjoys writing about his favorite sports teams like the Mets, New Jersey Nets, and others. Josh has been a Mets fan since birth and has stuck with the team through the highs of the Bobby Valentine and Willie Randolph managerialships and the lows of the Art Howe and Jerry Manuel managerialships; of course the jury is still out on Terry Collins. His one dream with the New York Mets is to personally witness a World Series Championship in his lifetime. Ya Gotta Believe!
  1. AC Wayne May 22, 2011 at 11:40 am
    On Thole, I agree with you, Paulino needs to be the starting catcher until Josh can get his bat going, he looks overwhelmed at the plate, I think the responsibility of being the everyday catcher is starting to wear on him, having Collins relinquish him from catching Pelfrey doesn’t help matters either. It’s definitely mental at this point. Sometimes you can give praise to a catcher’s defense if he’s not hitting, unfortunately, this is not the case here. Although, Paulino has cooled off since his 5-hit debut at CBP. His last game, Wed., he went 0-for-3 w/3K.
  2. izzy May 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    Thole has lessened his choke swing on the bat obviously he feels for some wrong reason he needs to drive the ball more. He was a total failure in the minors until he found his Luis Castillo approach. He won’t make it with a conventional approach in the bigs. He was also orematurelty annointed as an everyday catcher. He did much better with an advisor like Blanco for a back up. Blanco could mentor him., Pauloino wants to be a starter. He’s not helping Thole. And you will be very sorry to see Paulino play everyday. He proved his mediocrity in multiple stops already.
  3. Mic May 24, 2011 at 10:46 am
    Thole. I like him. I really do but he has been rushed. This should be his AAA season. Nickeas I think needs to be up, and thole down at least for now.