Mets Game 117: Loss to Padres

Padres 3 Mets 2

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.

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. Midwestern Met August 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    A 3-6 homestand, now 25-32 in our supposedly “friendly” confines. With a decent home record, we might still be in contention. Since when did our home cooking taste of bad fish?

    http://midwesternmet.blogspot.com/2011/08/game-117-padres-3-mets-2.html

  2. Joe August 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    First, the radio play by play suggested Tejada made two bad moves in the eighth — not holding the tag when a player overslid the bag and failing to get the third out. If we are going by net results, pitchers couldn’t be blamed much either if they got out of jams. Many don’t give pitchers mulligans though.

    Second, fine, but it’s hard to see how that is actually what people do consistently. Both teams have been scoring in bunches. They were due for a low scoring game especially on get away day. When that happens, fielding and execution matters more. Giving some responsibility is appropriate, particularly for a player (if not in the last couple games) better known for his defense.

    I say he had a key assist for the loss. If you are going to give Niese the “loss,” Tejada deserves some blame too.

    • Joe Janish August 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm
      Tejada started a couple nice double plays and made a few other plays that helped get Niese out of trouble.

      Niese was in and out of trouble through most of his outing, and the Mets defense bailed him out a few of those times.

      I don’t like the fact Niese was tagged with the “loss” but that’s the way it gos. The team lost, and that’s why no matter what stat people like to focus on, the bottom line is the team’s wins and losses. You win as a team and lose as a team.

      • Joe August 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm
        This is nice and on some level it’s right. Don’t quite buy it.

        Some bonehead play leads to three runs scored. Final score 3-1. The person who made the play, let’s say it’s in the 10th, we don’t say at least was a key reason they lost? Even if he made a couple of nice plays (not fantastic, but nice) earlier on? Just a team effort?

        There is some sense of individual responsibility. No need to overdo it, including when their name starts with “M,” but no need to go too far in the other direction either.

  3. Izzy August 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    What is the big deal. Young players screw up. You don’t want to see it , don’t have young players. Tejada had a bad game. so what. The only thing that matters is will he grow from it. Niese pitched well and lost. Big deal. did anybody ask him to give back the win when he was lousy the last two times out? Nope. If the Mets had any pitchers Collins cluld trust maybe Niese wouldn’t have had to throw over 120 pitches. But we don;t want to go there because the perfect gm Sandy the perfect, made this crap bullpen.
    • Joe Janish August 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm
      You make a good point about Niese pitching lousy, but it was actually his last FOUR starts — and he managed to get two wins. So I guess things even out over time.
  4. Timo August 12, 2011 at 9:06 am
    Was at the game yesterday with my family. The only thing that was great about the trip was the weather. The Mets weren’t impressive but the food stands were even worst.. Keith’s burger was good but not worth the wait . The production line was very slow in getting the burgers out. They also gave away my wife’s burger and I had to wait longer. Plus they don’t have TV’s near the stand so I missed about 3 inning of the game which wasn’t that bad becasue that’s when the Mets blew up. Also, Box Fritas didn’t have bacon Aioli for the fries which was the biggest disappointment. There summer ale wasn’t good either, it tasted like beer with lemons. The personalized bricks still haven’t gotten any better either. No signs or #’s to say what section you were in. It’s the worst to find your brick. The sad part was I found it last year and still couldn’t find it this year. My wife wasn’t happy to not see her wedding present to me. To top it all off, the traffic was awful. Pres Obama was in the city and there was a funneral for a former public official. With all that happening, a Mets win would have been appreciated but you can’t have everything.
  5. Barack O. August 12, 2011 at 9:38 am
    My ChiSox won last night, though!!!
  6. murph August 12, 2011 at 11:31 am
    This is what .500 teams do: lose half of the time.