Mets Game 61: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 7 Mets 6

For a moment, it appeared as though it would, for once, be the Mets who come from behind after the seventh inning to win a ballgame.

Because they did come from behind, and went ahead comfortably, in the 8th. Then, the bullpen let a four-run lead disappear as if it weren’t there at all.

Mets Game Notes

Tough no-decision for Mike Pelfrey, who pitched well, other than a 3-0 pitch to Prince Fielder that became a two-run homer. Big Pelf allowed two runs on four hits and no walks, striking out two in a very efficient, 72-pitch, 6-inning outing.

It looked like Prince Fielder was in BP practicing for homerun derby when he demolished that Pelfrey 3-0 pitch.

Ronny Paulino’s first homer as a Met went further than Fielder’s, though it didn’t look like homerun derby; he simply crushed a high fastball. It was a serious blast. Paulino wound up 4-for-4 on the evening.

Pedro Beato came in to pitch the 8th and walked the first batter he faced. From his very first pitch, to me, something did not look right about him. I’m not sure but it could be a physical issue. He wasn’t getting his arm to the high cock position in time — maybe not at all — and he was staying a little more upright than usual. As a result his arm was behind, his release point was all over the place, and his velocity was a few MPH below normal. Maybe his shoulder is still barking? It’s surprising to see him used so often after his DL stint.

Speaking of possible overuse, there is Jason Isringhausen. What do you think?

The Mets scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning on the first balk of Randy Wolf’s MLB career. Jason Bay scored the run; Bay had been hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by Ronny Paulino.

In his first three trips to the plate, Rickie Weeks hit bullets directly at Carlos Beltran in RF — almost the exact same spot each time.

Nick Evans was given a start at 1B but didn’t do much with it. He seemed to be thinking too much at the plate; at one point he let a waist-high fastball go by with a man on second, then struck out on the same pitch a few moments later. Shame that he cannot take advantage of the rare opportunities he’s given.

I’m not sure how to feel about this game. It was like two games — the pitching duel of the first seven frames, and then the battle of bullpen ineptitude in the final two. On the one hand, it was great to see the Mets stay in the game and come back. On the other hand, it’s yet another loss in which they came up just short — or, it could be said, they played just well enough to lose.

Next Mets Game

The final game and rubber match of the series begins at 8:10 PM EST. Jon Niese goes against Yovani Gallardo.

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 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm
    Sickening to lose a game like this.If our G.M. is dumb enough to trade the best shortsop in baseball next month, i hope the players he gets in return are a little better than the guys he signed to come out of the bullpen.
    • izzy June 9, 2011 at 8:32 am
      A little better than these guys?!? They better be a heck of a ot better.
      Can we change Isringhausen’s name to Jason Nieve because he sure seems to be used and burned out exactly the way Manuel burned out Nieve last year. Why does nothing change with the Mets multiple GMs, multiple managers, multiple bullpens they always suck and the desperate manager uses his hot hand until it is toast? Last decent pen was in ’06. Maybe that’s why that was the last time we won anything.
      • FrankTaveras June 9, 2011 at 9:38 am
        Nothing changes because through it all, Jeff Wilpon remains in charge. Sandy Alderson is his latest puppet.
  2. daxmontana June 9, 2011 at 12:09 am
    Enjoy your ambivalence. I on the other hand feel like wretching after the game. Does the bullpen coach have any input when he sees Beato warming up and throwing like…that? Truly interested, if anyone has any insight.
    Also, if you’re not confident in having Izzy start the 8th, then why bring him in when there’s an absolute sh@tstorm brewing? (bah dun dun). I understand trying not to overuse Jason who’s gotta be running on fumes at this point, but I don’t think the flip side of that strategy coin is overusing your recently recovered(?) rook.

    All started with the quick hook on pelf. Finally looks to be throwing well and you go to a struggling bullpen after 78 pitches?

    p.s. why are there so many “?” in this comment?

  3. Mic June 9, 2011 at 7:58 am
    The beato issue is as you said. He looks injured. Bad shoulder? Anyhow he needs the dl. We need arms. Lujan and dj carrasco. I’d dl beato and option thayer. Asvfor hairston?
  4. Mic June 9, 2011 at 8:05 am
    Nice to see bobby get thru his inning.

    Are there free agent arms available.

    These mets would be wc contenders/ leadrs but for these meltdowns. Given away 4 at least these past ten days.

  5. Kelvin Chapman's Gradma's Twitter June 9, 2011 at 10:52 am
    Wasn’t Gary Cohen just harping on how amazing Terry Collins was because he realized Beato can’t really throw two games in a row and he was going to “keep an eye on him” this time around?

    That was on Tuesday. Beato threw Tues and Wed. Terry Collins is an idiot. Nice guy but an idiot.

    • FrankTaveras June 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm
      Collins also said he was going to limit Izzy’s outings. I guess he meant he wouldn’t pitch him in both ends of a doubleheader.
      • JoMama June 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm
        Same with Beltran.