Mets Game 74: Loss to Cubs
Cubs 6 Mets 1
Even the worst team in baseball wins once every three games.
Mets Game Notes
Should we panic? Of course not. As mentioned above, even the Cubs are going to win one out of every three. The Mets fought through an emotionally draining weekend series against the Yankees, took a redeye into Chicago, and without the help of greenies or “special coffee,” they had little energy. This was a giveaway game that even championship teams toss out every once in a while. However, championship teams will win the next two — what will the Mets do? We’ll soon see.
Johan Santana threw six innings, allowing five hits, three walks, and two earned runs. Bobby Ojeda described the outing as “outstanding” and “superb” — going so far as to say “…the best game he’s pitched since the no-hitter.” Well … hmmm … I’m gonna go ahead and uh, disagree? Yeah …
Except for the last part; I do agree it was his best outing since the no-hitter. However, it was far from outstanding or superb. His command was only so-so, and the only reason he didn’t allow four or five runs in those six frames was because he was pitching against the Cubs, who stink. It wasn’t a terrible performance, it just wasn’t “outstanding.” Did he pitch well enough to win against the worst team in baseball? Heck yeah. Unfortunately, the Mets hitters were dozing at the plate.
Twenty-three outs were recorded before the Mets scored a run; you guessed it, a two-out run. Ike Davis saved the team from suffering a shutout by blasting a solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth. Did you pick him up for your fantasy team? I did.
The two runs scored against Santana were enough for the Cubs to win the ballgame, but the game went out of control in the seventh, when the Mets committed three errors and allowed four unearned runs. I don’t like to say “committed” because it sounds like a crime; however, in this case, what the Mets defense did was as close to a crime as a baseball team can be without being arrested. Team leader David Wright began the series of felonies by dropping a popup in front of the plate that turned into an infield triple. OK, it wasn’t really an infield triple, but I’ve never seen anything like that before and it sounds kind of cool to say “infield triple.” In truth, it was a three-base error, and you have to hand it to Adrian Cardenas for hustling it out of the box and all the way to third on a routine popup that should have been caught by catcher Mike Nickeas. However, Wright is the unofficial captain of the team, and Nickeas, as a backup catcher, doesn’t have enough of a take-charge, commanding presence to call Wright off (for the record, I doubt Josh Thole would have commandeered that popup, either).