Mets Game 70: Loss To Angels

Angels 4 Mets 3

Inning late, base hit short.

Mets Game Notes

Chris Capuano somehow scattered 11 baserunners in 6 innings to allow only 3 runs (2 earned). I don’t know whether you call that a good outing or a lucky outing, but considering the run total allowed, you could argue that he pitched well enough to win.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough on this particular evening, because the Mets couldn’t push runners across the plate against Joel Pineiro — who was equally OK, not great, but a bit better than Capuano.

On the bright side, the Mets never gave up, and in fact, I thought for sure they were going to come back and tie it up in the bottom of the ninth against a shaky Jordan Walden. But the flamethrower righted himself just in time to whiff three Mets in a row, leaving us fans to fall face forward from the edges of our seats.

Walden reminds me a bit of Rob Dibble. The kid throws heat, and that slider is nasty. It really did look like he was going to completely implode, especially after Reyes stole second and was clearly affecting the kid’s concentration. Somehow, though, Walden found command of his slider and rode it through the rest of the inning.

No hits for Jose Reyes. That’s news, especially considering that it was only the 14th time this season that he was hitless.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Angels do it again at 7:10 PM on Saturday night. Mike Pelfrey goes to the mound against Dan Haren.

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. izzy June 18, 2011 at 7:18 am
    When you have no power and Jose doesn’t make things happen you have the 2009 team all over again. Bunch of guys who try hard and aren’t good enough to contend.
    • izzy June 18, 2011 at 7:38 am
      Is there a way to edit? I don’t see the excitiement over this team being just a bit under .500 and the hoopla over how hard they fight… After all at this time last year underthe hapless and despised Jerry Manuel the team was 40-30 and even the horrid 09 club with nothing but AAAA player filling holes was 36-34. Weren’t they getting raves for their fight? This team can’t match either record even with Jose Reyes playing as good a ball for two solid months as any lead off guy in recent memory. What happens when Jose becomes just a good player for a few weeks?
      • Steve S. June 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm
        It will be interesting to see if “experts” will still predict at least a 7-year/$145m. deal for Reyes, if and when he comes down to earth….
      • Mike June 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm
        I think the difference baseball has no story lines this year. The Giants and Posey? The Yankees are still good even with crummy pitching. The Red Sox and Phillies are dominating. None of these things are unexpected really. The Indians have come back to earth, so their story is coming to a close. Really, the story in baseball are the Royals, Pirates, D-Backs, Indians, Mariners, Mets and Nationals. These are teams that are doing better than expected, but really are only around .500. Name me a bigger story this year. And again since these teams being just mediocre is the story, there just is not much to talk about.
      • Joe Janish June 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm
        When you say “edit” do you mean edit your comment? If so then yes there is a way to edit but only if you register as a user and are logged in.
        • izzy June 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm
          Yes I meant edit my comments. Thanks for the info.
        • Joe Janish June 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm
          I don’t think there is a way to do so unless you actually register on the site as a user. But if you ever want to edit or delete something you can always shoot me an email.
  2. Mic June 18, 2011 at 9:40 am
    …add to that Terry collins is being touted as manager of the year candidate.
  3. Rodeo June 18, 2011 at 11:49 am
    I can’t believe you didn’t mention that MSM is reporting that Jose Reyes met with Scott Boras and is reportedly considering in agent from Boras to Peter Greenberg.
    • Joe Janish June 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm
      I didn’t mention it because I hadn’t heard until now. Thanks for the tip!
  4. Joe June 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    There was another “unearned earned” run mixed in there, which meant the final score was helped by sloppy play after sloppy play lost them the last game. Or, you can just think statistics are catching up to them for earlier close games they won with this crew.

    The 9th is a case where you wish you had some punch and judy hitter up there that you’d tell to bunt the runner along and then have the next guy manage some contact to score the tying run. Instead, Beltran whiffed and the end was near.