Mets Game 107: Loss to Nationals

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After scoring 8 or more runs in four straight games, the Mets get blanked by a replacement pitcher who was manhandled by the Buffalo Bisons less than a week ago. Go figure … baseball is a funny game.

Mets Game Notes

Jason Marquis was supposed to start this ballgame, but was traded hours before game time and replaced by Yuniesky Maya — who the Mets put a hurtin’ on twice last September. In fact, everyone Maya faced has put a hurtin’ on him. So it was baffling to see Maya baffling the Mets hitters in this ballgame — he held them scoreless through 5 1/3 innings, allowing 5 hits and walking none.

R.A. Dickey did not have the good knuckler, but he still managed to pitch a decent ballgame, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out only one. All three runs scored on a Jayson Werth opposite-field homer with two out in the initial inning.

The Mets’ leadoff hitter did not reach base until Jason Bay singled to start the seventh. The only other leadoff hitter to reach base was David Wright, who walked to begin the ninth.

Wright continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3.

Josh Thole reached base four times — twice by singles and twice by HBP.

D.J. Carrasco allowed four hits in an inning and a third yet didn’t allow a run. He employed voo-doo or mirrors, I imagine.

Wilson Ramos continued his destruction of Mets pitching, collecting three hits. He’s hitting over .500 against the Mets this year, about .240 against everyone else. Go figure.

The Mets snap their five-game winning streak.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match begins at 1:35 PM. Jonathon Niese goes to the hill against Jordan Zimmerman.

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 July 31, 2011 at 10:26 am
    Not dumping Isrignhausen indicates that the org is more concerned about dumping Omar guys, than it is about rebuilding. Really now, how many guys have to tutor Parnell? How stupid does Alderson think his fan base is? And guys will say, you won’t get a number one for him. Right, a not number one like Murphy or Turner or Niese or Gee… Yes, keep Izzy to allow the Met announcers yelp about the great find of the GM…. Don’t really build a winner for the future. And maybe when Parnell is 36 he won’t need a tutor anymore.
  2. Joan July 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    Nice stories about RA in two local papers.