Mets Game 55: Loss to Pirates

Pirates 9 Mets 3

Though many runs were scored in the game, it was far from a slugfest; mearly all the scoring occurred on infield singles and bloop hits.

Mets Game Notes

Chris Capuano pitched well through the first six, but was victimized by a barrage of singles in the seventh. The Pirates collected 5 infield hits in the seventh inning, and even when they reached the outfield safely, the balls were “tweeners” that could have been caught and therefore the runners could only move one base at a time. It was a truly bizarre inning. By the time Capuano exited the game, his final line was 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

Interestingly, the Mets scored their first two runs on a two-out Texas Leaguer off the handle of Ruben Tejada’s bat that barely eluded the reach of second baseman Neil Walker. Walker had erroneously broken in two steps on the blooper, and didn’t have enough time to recover as the ball fell into short right-center.

The Mets relievers threw gas on the fire, giving up another four runs. Pedro Beato was charged with three of them, though he wasn’t helped by Michael O’Connor, who allowed two of Beato’s runners to score; it may be time to send O’Connor back to AAA. In case you didn’t notice, the bullpen has allowed 32 earned runs over the last 10 games. Overall, Mets pitching has given up 40 earned runs after the sixth inning in the past 11 games.

Willie Harris made several poor decisions while playing third base, and a few of them led to runs scoring and/or extending rallies. It’s difficult to get angry with Harris, though, since third base is a position he has played only sparingly in his career (30 games total in his 11-year career). Just because a guy can field a ground ball while standing in a particular region of the infield, does not necessarily mean he can perform effectively at the position; there’s more to defense than the physical aspect.

On the bright side, Justin Turner hit his first homer in Citi Field and the first homerun by a Met in Citi Field since May 6 (by Jason Pridie vs. the Dodgers), giving the Mets their first homerun since May 20 (Dan Murphy, vs. the Yankees). Dan Murphy and Carlos Beltran remained hot, as both collected two hits. Unfortunately, the rest of the lineup couldn’t do much against Bucs starter Kevin Correia and the four relievers who followed him.

The Mets were 2-10 with RiSP; the Pirates were 7-12.

Next Mets Game

The Mets look to even things up in the final game of the series, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound against Pat Maholm. Game time is 1:10 PM, so set the DVR if you — like me — will be at work. Note: the game recap tomorrow will be late since I won’t see the game until after I get home from my real job.

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. gary s. June 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    I saw a good movie after the mets got behind in the 7th.That was one plus from the game.Nice job by willie harris at third tonite.I called for his release a month ago.He is becoming “castillo like” in his ineptness at all facets of the game.Everybody seems pumped up at SNY over Collins going off in the post game.Big deal.I expected this team to win 75 games this year.I’m not surprised how bad they are.As bad as Harris is, he is a career crappy player.What about your 3 and 4 hitters (Jason K and Carlos Beltran going over a weel wiyhout hitting a home run?Nice return for the 34 Mill these 2 guys are getting.Right now, i can’t wait till Alderson gets rid of as many of these losers as possible by the end of the year
    • Joe Janish June 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm
      How many of “Alderson’s guys” are doing well so far, btw?

      Take a look at the roster, and the players who have been cut since Opening Day (Harris, Hairston, Emaus, Hu). For all the supposed bad decisions Minaya made, Alderson isn’t doing much better … and some of Minaya’s guys are doing well (i.e., Turner, Tejada, Murphy, Davis, etc.).

      Makes you wonder if Sandy is really in charge, or if he’s just another in a long line of figureheads executing the orders of someone higher up.

      • Professor Longnose June 2, 2011 at 7:56 am
        Big difference is situation, though. Minaya had money to work with. Alderson is operating under a deficit.

        He did better picking pitchers off the scrapheap than hitters.

  2. gary s. June 2, 2011 at 12:45 am
    I get what you are saying, Joe.You railed against the signing of Harris when it was announced as you did against the Hairston signing,Maybe you should be GM.I trust you more than Alderson right now.It’s just amazing that one GM could sign Hairston, Harris and Hu at the same time.I’m trying to stay optimistic, but it’s pretty hard right now.
  3. wohjr June 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    The ship be sinkin’ folks!