Mets Game 110: Loss to Marlins
Marlins 4 Mets 3
I don’t even know where to begin.
Mets Game Notes
So, the crazy thing is, I look at Justin Turner and think, “here’s one of the guys who is fundamentally solid, who plays the game the right way, who isn’t going to blow a game by making a mental error.” And yet, it could be argued that Turner made a game-losing error that was both physical and mental. The bottom line is that Turner flaked; he had a brain freeze. It makes me wonder: is bad baseball an epidemic in Flushing? Does the consistent ineptitude of players like Dan Murphy and Angel Pagan rub off on the other players? I never thought such a thing was possible, but suddenly I have doubts.
It didn’t help that Jason Isringhausen set up the erroneous situation by walking Logan Morrison, allowing Mike Cameron (who is hitting below his weight) to single, and then hitting John Buck with a pitch to load the bases. Maybe that ground ball turns into an inning-ending / game-ending double play; or, maybe only one out is executed and the score is tied. In any case, loading the bases with one out in the ninth inning of a one-run game creates a situation where there is little margin for error. So when an error occurs, well, people cross the plate.
In an effort to separate myself from the debacle that was the ninth inning, I’ll mention that Chris Capuano pitched an admirable game, allowing two runs (on two solo homers), four hits, and two walks in six innings of work. He was followed by Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell, who spun two scoreless frames before Izzy shat the bed (with help from Turner) for the second time in 48 hours.
It should be noted that with this loss, the Mets fall back to .500, and are now even with the Marlins at 55-55. So if the Marlins win on Wednesday, they will surge ahead of the Mets in the standings. Furthermore, the Nationals beat the Braves, so now the Nats are 53-56 — which is two games behind in the win column but only one game behind in the loss column. So, who out there is still blabbing about a Wild Card berth?