Rockies 11 Mets 3
Different time, different place, same story. And not a good evening for John Maine.
The excuse tonight was? Hmm … stomach ache? Lightheaded from the thin air? Too much rest? Slick ball? Dry ball? Near-beers? Lack of preparation? Or simply poor execution and lack of mental toughness?
If you thought things couldn’t get any uglier, or more bleak, after Sunday’s debacle, then this game surely sent you to the edge. Or is it the ledge?
John Maine allowed 8 runs (7 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks. He did strike out 4, though, so there’s that. At no point in the contest did he look comfortable or in command (of pitches or focus). His velocity was poor, and the best pitch he threw was a change-up that occasionally resembled a dying quail off the left side of the plate. But with his horrid mechanics that’s the only spot he can safely hit with that pitch.
Rockies starter Greg Smith pitched 7 full innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8. It was his first MLB win since 2008. I guess he, like Livan Hernandez on Sunday, “pitched a gem”.
Bob Ojeda, in the postgame, specified Maine’s inability “to repeat his delivery” as the crux of his problems. I disagree, strongly. In fact, the fact he repeats the same BAD delivery is his problem. By over-rotating from the beginning, he will never be able to hit any spot consistently other than up and away to LH hitters / up and in to RH hitters.
David Wright blasted his second homerun of the season in the sixth to bring the Mets within a touchdown. Unfortunately, it had no impact on the game nor the Mets’ psyche. Wright also walked two more times and went 2-for-2 on the evening.
Jason Bay drove in his first RBI of the year. Yippee! He also saw more pitches (21) than any other Mets hitter.
In addition to Maine’s incompetence on the mound, the Mets defense was disappointing. Jose Reyes flubbed another one, Angel Pagan did not take charge on a ball to left-center that dropped for a double, and at first base, Fernando Tatis looked like he was wearing concrete skates on his feet and an iron glove on his hand. Maine didn’t help himself, either, throwing away a comebacker that led to an unearned run. Doesn’t seem right, does it, that a pitcher’s error can result in an unearned run?
Luis Castillo was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double with the Mets losing 8-0. Not a joke.
Mets pitchers struck out 11, but walked 9, and allowed 10 hits.
Next Mets Game
Unfortunately, the Mets are required to play the Rockies again on Wednesday night at 8:40 PM EST. Jon Niese goes to the mound against Aaron Cook.