Mets Game 124: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 6 Mets 1

This was a difficult game to watch, particularly after waiting through almost three hours of a rain delay. There was a point — after four innings — when I thought the Mets had a chance, but after the fifth, it seemed like everyone was just waiting for the game to end.

Mets Game Notes

In the first few frames, Mike Pelfrey was getting a number of called third strikes, and getting low strikes called in general — much to the chagrin of the Brewers batters. Cory Hart had two strikes called on him in the second inning — the second was strike three and the muttering under his breath nearly got him tossed from the ballgame. Then in the top of the third Ryan Braun disagreed profusely with a low strike three and was ejected.

Unfortunately, Big Pelf couldn’t take full advantage of the extended strike zone — he walked 4 and allowed 8 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings. Twelve baserunners in five frames is far too many; it’s a minor miracle only four runs crossed the plate.

D.J. Carrasco wasn’t much better in relief, giving up two more runs in his two innings of relief.

Tim Byrdak found a way to infuriate Prince Fielder, to the point where Fielder ran up to him after grounding out to end the 8th. Words were exchanged, no one is sure exactly what was said nor what provoked the altercation. It ended quickly, as Josh Thole gave Fielder a gentle push. You know what? Right there, I would have liked to have seen Thole “crown” Prince with a left hook. It would have been inappropriate and probably unnecessary, but I still would have liked to have seen it. Imagine: what would A.J. Pierzynski have done in that situation?

Speaking of Fielder, he and Casey McGehee were a combined 5-for-7 with 3 walks and 4 RBI on the evening.

The Mets managed only 6 hits vs. starter Shaun Marcum and 7 hits total against Milwaukee pitching — 5 from Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada. But it was Josh Thole’s hit that drove in the Mets’ lone run.

With this loss, the Mets became the first MLB team in history to lose their first 10 straight home openers in a season. That’s right: the Mets have lost the first game of every single homestand this year. The 1913 Reds and 1987 White Sox each lost the opener of their first nine homestands.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Brewers do it again at 4:10 PM on Saturday afternoon. That’s right, folks, it’s a FOX telecast — yee ha! It will be a matchup of savvy lefties as Chris Capuano faces Randy Wolf.

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. NormE August 20, 2011 at 7:40 am
    Watching Mike Pelfrey pitch is getting to be almost as bad as it was to watch Victor Zambrano pitch.
  2. Joe August 20, 2011 at 7:57 am
    I was asleep (as many in the seats probably were and apparently some of the Mets players) when that Byrdak (of all people) incident occurred, but sounds a tad moronic. [SI game summary had this tidbit: “Mets manager Terry Collins, catcher Josh Thole and plate umpire Angel Campos intervened to prevent any escalation between the big slugger and slightly built reliever.”]

    Well, it woke some people up, I guess. Hope Ron Darling had a nice birthday.

  3. gary s. August 20, 2011 at 9:02 am
    Wake me up when the season is over or when Jose Reyes decides to show up again.Another wasted year for Met fans.
    • Joe August 20, 2011 at 9:35 am
      I and other fans enjoyed over 1/2 of the season, a flawed team (fairly typical) playing with grit and heart (somewhat less so) while no stupidity like overpaid contracts to the likes of Bay were carried out but in fact some good moves in that department (e.g., a promising prospect for a two month rental who is now hurt) were made. There is some evidence that the manager knows how to get the best out of his players.

      Not quite a “waste” in my book and I never expected this was going to be a playoff year. How useful this year really was will not be known until 2012, when the team works off having some expensive contracts off the books and has more freedom to move forward.

  4. Jack August 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    Janish: “I would have like to see him ‘crown’ him with a left hook” – Janish is a complete jerk off.

    I’m tired of reading these comments and done reading this blog.

    • Joe Janish August 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm
      Thanks Jack. There are at least a hundred other Mets blogs, so I’m sure you’ll find one you enjoy more than this one.

      Really no reason to call me names — it would be more fruitful to have a discussion regarding your anger toward me. Criticism can lead to enlightenment, but no one can learn from your one-sided feedback.

      • Jimmy Prinzler August 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

        Don’t blame your feeling about Fielder. Really no need for Fielder to ran to Brydak. Why didnt Fielder charge at Brydak after that pitch?? My point is that what if Fielder got a single instead and would he have said something to Brydak? I hate that kind of type of players!! I like what Brydak did to Fielder because Brydak do not want to give him a MEAT pitch. Fielder was crowding over the plate and Brydak is a lefty so he dont want to give Fielder a room to hit. The pitch was NOT EVEN CLOSE to his face!! Grow up, Fielder!