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Mets Game 34: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 6 Mets 4

Burning rubber is not something the Mets do well.

For the sixth time in as many chances, the Mets failed to take the “rubber match” of a three-game series. As a result, the Nationals enter Thursday as the only second-place team in the NL East.

Berna – who?

Game Notes

Roger Bernadina was the star of the game, making a Ron Swoboda-like catch in the fifth on a Jeff Francoeur liner to save three runs and hitting two huge homeruns — including one off Francisco Rodriguez in the top of the ninth that gave the Nats the victory. Did I mention those two taters were the first homers of his big league career? For the uninitiated, Bernadina is known as a singles hitter who is in MLB because of his speed and his glove. Comps: Willy Taveras, Roger Cedeno, Omar Moreno. He was hitting .212 coming into the game.

Mike Pelfrey dribbled an RBI single through the left side to tie the game 2-2 after Rod Barajas was walked intentionally to load the bases in the third. The more I watch Jim Riggleman “manage”, the more I wonder how in the world the Nats are in second place — it’s like they win in spite of his incompetence.

On the mound, Pelfrey was so-so, not great, as many of the balls hit off him found holes. For all that contact, it is somewhat ironic that the first 5 outs of the game made by Washington came via the strikeout. He allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings — expending a career-high 119 pitches. Too many pitches, too many baserunners. Has he fallen the Earth?

Nats starting pitcher Craig Stammen was slightly more inefficient on the mound, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks in only 5 innings. However, Stammen was better than Pelf at the plate, as he went 2-for-2 and drove in 3 of Washington’s first 4 runs.

Jason Bay has a six-game hitting streak, and has a hit in each of his last 12 games at Citi Field.

Gary Matthews Jr. struck out again in a pinch-hitting appearance. He’s now struck out 19 times in 46 ABs. But Frank Catalanotto was let go because GMJ can play CF. OK. Whatever.

Tyler Clippard won his league-leading 7th game. Wouldn’t it be funny if Clippard won 20 out of the bullpen?

Matt Capps earned his league-leading 14th save. Glad he’s on my fantasy team, but wish he’d get these saves against the Phillies, Braves, and Marlins.

Fernando Nieve threw 21 pitches in the 8th, which was also his 21st appearance of the year. He’s on pace to appear in only 100 games this year — which is still in the neighborhood of Mike Marshall’s all-time record.

Francisco Rodriguez has been startlingly ineffective this year — not dissimilar to what we saw from him last year. His loss in velocity has made him more hittable than ever before. It feels like he has more than 1 loss and 2 blown saves — or is it me? I’m too tired to check the stats and figure out why that is.

The Mets have made more pitching changes than any other team in the NL. That’s what happens when your manager is managing for his job.

Next Mets Game

The Mets fly to Miami to face the Marlins in a three-game set. Game one begins at 7:10 PM. Johan Santana faces Josh Johnson.

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Mets Game 94: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 3 Mets 1

Trying to think of a descriptor for this game … hmm … uninspiring … lifeless… tedious .. lackluster …

How about: VAPID.

The Mets lost a game and a series to MLB’s worst team. The worst team in baseball by a longshot. Perhaps the motivation was to help prevent the Nats from erasing the 1962 Mets from the record book?

Mike Pelfrey pitched fairly well — but, well enough to lose. He spun seven innings for the third time this month, and held the mighty Nats to three runs on six hits and two walks. A solid outing, for sure. His main mistake was a hanging slider that Josh Willingham pelted into the left field seats.

But the offense was completely mesmerized by Craig Stammen and the Washington bullpen, collecting just four hits. One of them was a triple by Angel Pagan, and Pagan scored the lone Mets run when the relay throw to third got past Ryan Zimmerman. Other than that one play, the Mets appeared to be sleepwalking through the evening.

Notes

We can only guess that the Tony Bernazard situation had something to do with the Mets’ indifference. Listening to Omar Minaya’s “handling” of the debacle was nearly as distressing. The entire day and evening was a complete embarrassment for the organization. Just when you thought they couldn’t sink any lower …

As previously mentioned, Pelf has gone 7 innings or more in three of his five starts this month. However, in the other two starts, he’s pitched 7 innings combined.

Three of the Mets’ four hits were for extra bases. In addition to Pagan’s quadruple, Fernando Tatis and Jeremy Reed each ripped doubles.

Cory Sullivan batted sixth and Angel Berroa seventh. I kept waiting to see Gerald “Ice” Williams or Rey Sanchez walk up to the plate.

Next Mets Game

We fans are given a reprieve to discover other forms of entertainment on Thursday, as the Mets have a day off before dragging their sorry selves into Houston for a three-game series with the Astros. Game one on Friday night begins at 8:05 PM EST. Johan Santana faces his old organization against former Met Mike Hampton.

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Mets Game 55: Win Over Nationals

Mets 7 Nationals 0

The Mets scored five runs before Livan Hernandez threw a pitch, and Livan coasted through the next 7 innings, shutting out the Nats and allowing only four hits and an uncharacteristic four walks en route to his fifth win.

Nats starter Craig Stammen stammered through the initial inning, allowing three hits, walking two, and uncorking a wild pitch to give the Mets a comfy five-spot. From there the Nats bats and defense rolled over, continuing to play uninspired, sloppy baseball, as the Mets stepped on their necks.

Notes

David Wright, Danny Murphy, and Ryan Church had two hits apiece, and all three scored a run. Church ripped a double in his first at-bat since coming off the DL.

Fernando Martinez also lashed a double in the first inning, driving in Alex Cora with the game’s first run.

Wright is now hitting .345, and has passed Carlos Beltran (.342). Beltran, though, was 0-for-7 just prior to the stomach bug, and is swinging the bat well, so we may see the two of them neck and neck for the batting title. There’s just the matter of Miguel Tejada, who is leading the NL at .351.

Next Mets Game

The Mets have a day off on Monday, then come home to host the Phillies on Tuesday. Johan Santana goes for his eighth win against J.A. Happ. First pitch to be released at 7:10 PM.

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