Mets Game 121: Loss To Padres

Padres 8 Mets 2

Odds were that the Padres would win at least one out of four.

Mets Game Notes

Jenrry Mejia left the game in the fourth inning with elbow discomfort. As you know I’m not surprised with this development, and no one should really be stunned considering that it’s public knowledge he is scheduled for an elbow scope after the season. We should be stunned, however, if Mejia pitches again this year — is there really any reason to take any chance whatsoever? Then again, this is the Mets we’re talking about.

David Aardsma was awful following Mejia. His secondary pitches were up in the zone and hammered. He’s been struggling mightily since July but I don’t think the Mets can afford to release him — who else do they have? Sean Henn? I suppose Greg Burke could return. I get the feeling that Aardsma is going to be like J.J. Putz or Freddy Garcia, and return to form next year — when he’s pitching for someone else.

Travis d’Arnaud made his first MLB start and, other than a passed ball, was fairly nondescript — which is a good thing, considering he was part of every single pitch on defense. It’s not fair to make any judgments in a MLB debut, so we’ll hold off on that.

What the heck was Eric Young, Jr. doing stealing third in the seventh, with two outs and down by three? He made it, but that’s not the point — it was gruesomely bad baseball. Further, he’s lucky that San Diego catcher Nick Hundley couldn’t get an immediate grip on the ball, lest he’d been thrown out by five feet. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

The Padres had 15 hits and were 5-for-19 with runners in scoring position; it’s a minor miracle they scored only 8 runs.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series begins at 4:10 PM on Sunday afternoon. Matt Harvey takes the hill against Eric Stults. I like the Mets chances with this matchup.

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  1. AC Wayne August 18, 2013 at 1:37 am
    Looks like Mejia is headed to the DL, Torres to enter the rotation. The Mets don’t want to part w/some of their young guns.
  2. Gabriel Pena August 18, 2013 at 7:01 am
    But I always wondered why Mejia was still pitching if he has bone spurs? It was a risky move. Rather he should have the surgery already to start his rehab right away with plenty of time to recover and strong spring training
  3. Dan B August 18, 2013 at 9:07 am
    Is Mejia’s health concerns so high that the Mets shouldn’t count on him for next year? I worry that he is a chronic DLer.
  4. Happy59 August 18, 2013 at 9:30 am
    Management absolutely refuses to, like they did with field positions, infuse some youth in the bullpen. There is a reason the older pitchers are here, few other teams wanted them. They were all fine at one time, but now, just tired worn out relievers. One or two vets give quidance to younger pitchers, however, 3 or 4 older vets can’t pitch to often in consecutive games. Not to mention that Collins doesn’t know how to handle a pen. Set-up to fail in the pen, for 3-4 years in a row now?

    You either have a youth-movement or you don’t, remember, your pitching staff makes up nearly half of your roster, with relievers being 6 or 7 of those 25 spots.
    Ambivalence usually leads to disaster.

    Yesterday, starter 1 run allowed, pen: 7.

    Nearly every pitcher the GM has signed over the last few years has failed due to injury or poor performance. Apparently player evaluation isn’t their forte.

  5. Gabriel Pena August 18, 2013 at 10:07 am
    With Mejia being down what are the chances of seeing Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard replacing Mejia? I hope the Mets don’t go with Carlos Torres.
    • crozier August 18, 2013 at 10:48 am
      Not that I think it would happen regardless, but Montero and Syndergaard are already being limited in their innings per game (‘gaard pitched just 5 in his last outing – and still struck out 10). They”ll both be capped by September, in all probability.
  6. Izzy August 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm
    So the Mets have taken Joba rules to the extreme. Everyone made fun of Giardiasis. He was ahead of his time.
  7. Izzy August 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm
    That was supposed to say Girardi.