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.

Mets 2013 Games

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