Mets Game 118: Loss to Diamondbacks

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If nothing else, these feisty Mets keep things interesting from out number one through twenty-seven.

Mets Game Notes

As has been the case in most Mets losses, the starting pitcher wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great, either. Dillon Gee allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in five innings — and that was all Arizona needed to win the ballgame.

The Mets starting rotation is made up of a bunch of reliable back-end starters — which is enough to get a team into the postseason if the offense is among the elite and the defense is above average. Unfortunately, the Mets offense is only above average and the defense is only average, so they are a .500 ballclub. But lucky for us, they have a lot of fight in them and keep us entertained.

On a positive note, Jason Bay was 3-for-4 with his tenth double of the year and drove in his 42nd RBI of the season.

Also on the positive, Ryota Igarashi spun two scoreless innings of relief.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Diamondbacks do it again on Saturday night at 8:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey goes to the hill against Daniel Hudson.

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  1. Joe August 13, 2011 at 1:35 am
    Another game where a big inning sealed the deal. I wondered why they didn’t walk the eighth place hitter and then he gave up a RBI to the pitcher. Oh well.

    Four runs in five isn’t going to cut it. They had a stretch where their starters (other than Pelfrey) held the opposition down. Their back-end status is showing. Or, “a team loss” results when a pitcher does pitch into the 8th.

    Tough schedule coming up. Those eight Marlins games in 11 days should be fun. .500 will be a struggle.

  2. Mic August 13, 2011 at 2:40 am
    The mets are decimated. This ‘streak’ really started before the 31st with the trade of beltran. Murphy going down has hardly helped. Added to that gee and niese have NEVER pitched a 162 game season, and gee is wilting. This year is tanked. Bring up zach lutz, and jordanny valdespin. Take a look at jeurys.

    Shades of last year.