Mets Game 117: Loss to Padres

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Instead of a series win, the Mets get a split with one of the weakest teams in the NL. In the process, they fall a game below the Flushing .500.

Mets Game Notes

Jonathon Niese worked out of jams in the first few innings, struggling with his command. Several of his curves were slower and more loopy than usual; I wonder if he’s experimenting with changing speeds on it. Personally, I’d prefer he work on getting more consistent with his release point on it, so that it always gets that tight 12-6 overspin and good bite. In any case, I can’t say Niese pitched poorly; quite the contrary — he pitched well, and well enough to win. Unfortunately, the offense could not give him the four runs he needed for the victory. A tough loss for the lefty.

The Mets had a few close — and questionable — calls go against them that affected rallies for both teams. However, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the Mets lost because of the umpiring judgment; good teams rise above adversity such as that. Further, umpires’ calls are always magnified in low-scoring, close games such as this. The bottom line is that the Mets lost because they couldn’t push runners across the plate.

Ruben Tejada made a key error in the 8th inning to allow the eventual winning run to score. Should he be blamed for the loss? Of course not. First of all, there were two other runs that scored earlier in the game that had nothing to do with Tejada. I don’t think he could have prevented Cameron Maybin‘s homerun, for example. Secondly, and once again, the Mets offense scored only two runs all afternoon — which makes it difficult to win at any level of baseball. Errors happen, and Tejada will make many more. I would argue that Tejada made at least two plays in the game that prevented runs from scoring.

Lucas Duda drove in both of the Mets runs with a two-out double in the third. That was the extent of the offensive effort.

The Mets collected three hits and were 1-for-10 with RISP. They did walk six times, but unfortunately, not all in a row.

Next Mets Game

The Mets fly west to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks in a three-game weekend series. Game one begins at 9:40 PM on Friday night and pits Dillon Gee vs. Ian Kennedy.

Mets 2011 Games

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