Mets Game 55: Loss to Cardinals
Cardinals 5 Mets 4
Well, you can’t win ’em all …
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee pitched well enough to win. Unfortunately, so did Kyle Lohse. The two righthanders engaged in a poor man’s pitchers’ duel, and it became a battle of the bullpens. Whenever that is the case, the Mets seem to be on the wrong side. This time it was Jon Rauch who shat the bed. Hey, it happens.
Rauch, by the way, now has a tender elbow. Watching his mechanics going back to spring training, he seems to have a flaw that is similar to that of Johan Santana, in that he leads with his elbow and as a result doesn’t use much shoulder rotation to throw the baseball. What that means is he puts significant strain on the elbow to do the work while also tightening the shoulder during the arm action. In other words, both the elbow and the shoulder can be injured as a result.
Mets pinch-hitters accounted for 1/3 of the Mets hits and half of their runs.
Ike Davis continues to struggle mightily, and it’s most noticeable when the Mets don’t score many runs. He is looking downright ugly, and it’s no longer just his mechanics but his body language is showing resignation. A MLB team HAS TO get production from 1B; even bad teams get some kind of offense from the first base position.
As Gary Cohen noted during the SNY broadcast, the Mets have now gone three consecutive games without a no-hitter.
I find it funny that whenever Daniel Murphy drops to his knees / feet to field a grounder, the SNY team praises him for his improvement defensively. They did so on a 4th-inning grounder that would have been handled routinely by any other MLB second baseman.
Seems to me that as long as their starters can throw 8-9 innings every start, the Mets have a shot at the playoffs. If this were the 1970s, that would be a plausible concept.