Mets Game 117: Loss to Reds

Reds 6 Mets 1

Braceletgate, and Bruce is The Boss of the Mets, who suddenly have a hungry heart in the badlands by the river in Cincinnati. The offense was blinded by the light of Mike Leake‘s fastball, and their at-bats resembled someone dancing in the dark.

Mets Game Notes

With or without the bracelet that the umpires forced R.A. Dickey to remove from his wrist, the knuckleball was spinning into the strike zone, with a big “hit me” sign attached. Unlike Tuesday night, when the Reds were trying to knock down the outfield wall, they instead chose to place the ball over the fence. It was a rare bad night for R.A. Hey, he isn’t perfect.

Beyond the disappointment of R.A.’s knuckler was the complete disregard of the Mets offense. It would have been nice if someone would have remembered to send the bats from Flushing to Cincinnati, so the Mets players would have something to swing when they took their turns at the plate. Only four hits and no walks against a so-so starter, who pitched a complete game? Really? Is Mike Leake this good, are the Mets that bad, or is the team from Flushing going in the tank?

All four hits came from the top of the lineup: Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada, who were both 2-for-4. That was it. David Wright is swinging for the downs, even with two strikes. Ike Davis is waving at air. Daniel Murphy is back to his half-swing stuff. The rest of the lineup was just going through the motions.

I have a theory on these two horrendous ballgames: perhaps the Mets’ pregame chow is supplied by Skyline. I can confirm, first-hand, that Skyline chili — and specifically, a “coney three ways” — is the most awful assemblage of bad food ever served to the human race. If the Mets were eating that despicable crap, then it’s no surprise that they’re listless, weak, and unproductive.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the Riverfront series begins at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday night. Matt Harvey heads to the hill against Homer Bailey.

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. argonbunnies August 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm
    In addition to Tejada and Baxter, Valdespin at least looked like he was trying up there. Ike hit a ball that almost knocked Phillips down in short RF. Everyone else, not close.

    Wright needs at least a couple days away to break all the bad habits that have become his swing. If I were Hudgens I’d tell him to sit on fastballs away and hit line drives at the first baseman.

  2. wohjr August 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm
    SNY cut away from spin whining after strike three there towards the end. He is using the Ike Davis approach to umpire management… short-sighted!
  3. Micalpalyn August 16, 2012 at 1:44 am
    Speaking of Wright………..

    In 1994 an Epic trade took place that changed MLB trades for ever, Dave Cone was packed to Toronto for Ryan Thompspon and future MVP Jeff Kent.

    Could soon to be FA Wright be traded? Worth a debate. There are 2 weeks to go and TWO extra teams will be in the playoffs. Could Wright get thru waivers? If he WAS traded would the Mets resign him?

    Before you laugh…Scot Rolen was a staple in Philly. And is still a nice player. The term ‘nice player’ has also been used by none other than Fred Wilpon to describe DW.

    What could Wright fetch? Where would he fit? ….CB fteched Zach Wheeler just last yr.

    Who would replace him? Zach Lutz, Wilmer (in 2 yrs), Marte, Murphy at 3rd base again (jordy and Turner at 2nd).

    Who would be the face of the new Mets? Harvey, Wheeler, Ike. …..

    Just a thought….

  4. Walnutz15 August 16, 2012 at 7:39 am
    Well played, sir. This E-Street fan enjoyed your intro.

    The Wilpons had better “Take Care of Their Own” this winter — otherwise, they may as well bring on a “Wrecking Ball” to Citi.

    Even tuning in for a few minutes to watch this garbage has me longing for the “Glory Days”.

    ……any of ’em.

  5. DaveSchneck August 16, 2012 at 8:57 am
    Good post. It is hard to argue that the team is not in the tank right now. Three goose eggs and last night’s effort, one run on a DP ball, in the last week. All against middle of the road pitching. One run in 18 innings in a great hitter’s ballpark is tough to take. Excuse the French, but last night they were Leaked on. The offensive effort was clueless and offensive. The team has now unfortunately reached the status of unwatchable. Sorry SNY, but now it’s box scores and Metstoday time.
  6. Steve S. August 16, 2012 at 11:43 am
    Terrible at bats by the Mets! I can’t believe I wasted 2+ hours watching the game.

    Not that it will do much good, but it’s time to bring back Duda and play him most of the time in LF. I’d also like to see how Lutz and Satin do in the bigs–giving them at bats.

    Pitchers? Bring up Familia and Meija in a couple of weeks. Too bad we won’t see Wheeler in a Mets uniform until spring. I hope he makes the rotation then, with Gee the backup starter/long man in the pen.

  7. derek August 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm
    tood frazier is the new met killer like larry jones and pat burrell…