Mets Game 146: Loss to Cubs

Cubs 10 Mets 6

This was a really close game until the Cubs scored six runs in the 11th. Talk about the dam bursting …

On the bright side, at least the Mets didn’t lose on 9/11; it was long after midnight, and already 9/12, when the final out was recorded.

Mets Game Notes

When Miguel Batista was in his prime, he was not an overpowering flamethrower — he was a sinkerballer who relied on pitching to contact and often got into trouble with walks. As a 40-year-old, not much has changed. Batista allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in five frames. Hey, nothing to get too upset about — Batista is just filling in, helping us drag along the rest of this miserable season that seems unwilling to end.

D.J. Carrasco managed to hurl two scoreless innings, though his first was a bit messy. Interestingly, he pitched almost exclusively from the submarine angle — which may have contributed to his effectiveness, since the Cubs were expecting his slop to emit from several angles. Maybe this is Carrasco’s latest attempt to reinvent his career, I’m not sure.

In any case, the Mets rose above the so-so pitching, if only briefly. They fought back with a run in the first, two in the sixth, and then a fourth run in the eighth to tie up the ballgame. But after that, no matter how many men the Mets put on base, they couldn’t convince any to cross home plate. Well, that’s not entirely true … they DID score two runs in the bottom of the 11th, but it was kinda anti-climactic.

The Mets had a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with none out. Somehow the Cubs managed to get two outs, and with the bases still loaded, Jason Pridie whiffed on a 3-2 pitch. Baseball doesn’t get any tighter than that.

The Mets loaded the bases again in the bottom of the tenth, but left all three men stranded once again.

In the top of the tenth, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two out and their best hitter — Starlin Castro — at the plate, with Tony Campana on deck. Terry Collins again did not call for an intentional walk, and Manny Acosta induced a groundout to end the inning. Compare this situation to the one on Saturday — it really wasn’t all that different, since even with men on first and second, there is still a base open. The main difference is that on Saturday, with men on second and third, there was no force play. But otherwise the two situations were startlingly similar, with Campana waiting on deck. Yet, I bet no one second-guesses Terry Collins this time. Interesting, no?

Next Mets Game

The Mets host the Nationals at The Field at Shea Bridge on Monday night. Game time is 7:10 PM and pits R.A. Dickey vs. Ross Detwiler.

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. Joe September 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    Comparing the two, they are similar but the force play is not a trivial difference. Parnell and Acosta, not the same either. Also, tie game, not potential for a blown come from behind lead (again). These being various things people pointed to, wrongly or not, so not really that “interesting,” no.