Mets Game 52: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 5 Mets 1

Can you say “letdown” ?

Mets Game Notes

Shaun Marcum shut out the Fish for six innings, but the dam broke in the seventh — and he remains winless as a Met.

Meanwhile, Jacob Turner spun an auspicious 2013 debut, blanking the Mets through seven on five hits and a walk.

I didn’t see this game — listened to it on the radio while trekking down to LBI to help out at my sister’s store for the weekend. So please post your observations in the comments and get the conversation going. Thank you.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Marlins do it again at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Collin McHugh faces Jose Fernandez.

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 June 1, 2013 at 3:18 am
    Mets offense looked awful. Fastballs down the middle produced weak grounders and flies. Most of the righties waved at Turner’s slider when it was 3 feet outside. Murphy was the only one to hit the ball hard.

    Marcum was changing speeds and hitting spots and getting great movement. Got burned by some bloop hits and then one stupid pitch for a two-run double.

    I say “stupid” rather than “bad” because it was a nice sinking change-up off the plate away. The only problem was that it was the third low-and-away change-up in a row. He struck out Coghlan in a big spot on 3 change-ups, but Jordan Brown was able to adjust and flick it into the left-center gap. (It wasn’t exactly crushed. A faster CF than Ankiel would have had it. Heck, Ankiel himself might have had it with an all-out dive.) Anyway, after succeeding all game by mixing things up, I wish Marcum had done that with Brown.

    If Brown is retired and Byrd doesn’t get picked off before Ike’s double, this is a 2-2 game going into the 8th. Them’s the breaks, and tonight the Marlins got them, not the Mets. These two teams seem quite evenly matched to me; I expect a season series of close games, which might be fun if everyone else in baseball weren’t using the Fish for a doormat.

    • Izzy June 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm
      I am anxiously looking forward to seeing how many ifs argon needs to turn today’s game into a Metsie win! The big if was brought up by Cohen who went deep into Loserson’s doghouse. If the Mets would try to win and not think about arbitration in two years wheeler would have pitched. But these are the small market Metsies. If they ever win under the hideous and hapless Wilpon/Alderson regime it will be a true miracle.
      And Marlon Byrd doesn’t deserve a nickname. He deserves a seat on the bench so kids can be playing. He also needs to w rite a book on avoiding 50 game suspensions. Co-authored by Manny who gets 100 gamers reduced in half.
  2. wohjr June 1, 2013 at 4:03 am
    argon is correct, three mackrels to coglan and he bit at all of em. So typical of this crap team, beat yanks; lose to fish.

    Joe after all these years I am starting to know you, and rightly so you will not give up Marlon Byrd’s contempable transgression. So how about shorhand. I propose– ala Bridman– Byrdjuice

    • Joe Janish June 1, 2013 at 11:54 am
      ByrdJuice … hmm … maybe … will have to contemplate this one for a bit. Marlon deserves a good nickname.

      DianaByrd … D-Byrd … AnaByrd … Marlonabol … maybe just “Arnold” …

      Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. TexasGusCC June 1, 2013 at 8:02 am
    I feel like I went to Disneyworld for a week and today was my first day back to work. Reality check.
  4. DaveSchneck June 1, 2013 at 10:03 am
    It is only 1 in 162 games, but this game showed me a lot about this team. The hitting performance was awful. The kid Turner pitched to a 4.47 ERA in AAA and had no scoreless starts. The Mets offense played like it had a world series victory hangover. The Marlins are now 4-3 against the Mets and they are playing .208 ball against everyone else. The is way below the 62 Met team’s all-time worst record. That is embarrassing. Not that it mattered in this game, but when was the last time Ike picked a throw out of the dirt?
  5. murph June 1, 2013 at 11:45 am
    Every Met fan I know predicted a post-sweep letdown against the lowly Marlins, but you can’t win them all. Winning the series would be fine.

    Marcum’s nice first 6 innings were ruined by a bad 7th.
    In hindsight, Collins should have yanked him after 6, to “let the guy feel good about himself”, ha ha.