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Mets Game 149: Nationals

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Some days you have it, some days you don’t.

On this particular afternoon, Tim Redding had it — he brought his “A” game.

Spotting his sinker at the knees, on both corners of the plate, and mixing in a sharp slider and occasionally well-behaving curveball, Redding stymied the Nats bats through seven frames, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and two walks — easily his best outing of the season.

However, it nearly wasn’t enough, because Sean Green did not have “it”.

Green was wild from the moment he entered the game, but Jerry Manuel left him on the mound long enough to let the Nationals score a run to tighten the score to 3-2. Luckily, Everyday Pedro Feliciano came on the save the day, however, and Frankie Fantastik finished up for his 32nd save.

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John Lannan nearly matched Redding’s effort, holding the Mets to 3 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings.

Dan Murphy drove in two of the Mets runs and Jeff Francoeur drove in the other. The big “hits” of the game came in the bottom of the seventh, and were actually errors. David Wright led off with a liner to right field that was grossly misplayed by Ian Desmond, a shortstop who was making his first-ever appearance in the outfield. The official ruling was a double, since Desmond didn’t even get a glove on the ball. A few minutes later, Murphy bounced a grounder that Adam Dunn ole’d to score Francoeur with the Mets’ third run of the game. That’s why the coaches say, “just put the ball in play, you never know what might happen”.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series occurs on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 PM. John Maine faces Garret Mock.

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Mets Game 93: Loss to Nationals

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Apparently, the Nationals did not get the memo.

The Mets were supposed to steamroll over the reeling Nats, come out of the District of Columbia with a three-game win streak, poised to continue their roll against the ho-hum NL West also-rans, and give the Flushing fans hope that, indeed, the team would be in pole position when the cavalry arrived.

Instead, Long Beach, NY native John Lannan paralyzed the previously potent Mets offense, spinning a seven-hit shutout and earning his seventh win of the season (against seven losses).

Oliver Perez was … well, Oliver Perez. He allowed only 4 hits, but that was mainly because he didn’t give the Nationals many pitches to hack at. In addition to the four hits, Perez also walked 6 and hit a batter in his 6-inning stint. Two of the walked batters came around to score, as did the hit batter. So there you go.

In contrast, Lannan did not walk anyone, nor hit anyone.

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Perez has now walked 17 in his 17 innings pitched since coming off the DL.

Remarkably, Jerry Manuel harped on the fact that the Mets need to “play better defense”. Really? Is that the problem? Huh. I didn’t know you could score runs while in the field.

Manuel was incredibly motivating during the postgame, by the way. After hearing his sob story, I was motivated to down a bottle of cheap whiskey and slit my wrists.

Also during the SNY postgame show, Gary Apple and the other numnuts / loudmouths / whatever they’re called suggested that these Mets might “give up” when they’re behind late in games. Um, is that any different from the resigned attitude demonstrated by the “other” Mets after falling behind — the Mets that included the Carloses, Reyes, etc.? Only the faces have changed, folks — the song remains the same!

The last time John Lannan faced the Mets, he threw his first MLB complete game. This time, he threw his first MLB shutout. The next time? His first MLB no-hitter?

Rumor has it that John Ricco is working the phones trying to get Mark David Chapman released from Attica before the Mets play the Nats again in September — with the hopes that Chapman confuses John Lannan with John Lennon.

The Mets hit 17 ground balls during the contest. Keith Hernandez suggested that would not have been the case had Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes been in the lineup. Really? Based on what? And does that mean there would’ve been more popups or strikeouts? And how does this affect the price of tea in China?

For those unaware, Ollie Perez is one of the guys whose DL stint was considered a “blow” to the Mets’ chances — one of the “cavalry”. Be careful what you wish for.

Jeff Francoeur had two of the Mets hits and an outfield assist. Somehow I missed all of that excitement. I must’ve blinked three times. Crap.

Bobby Ojeda keeps saying that “small ball gets shut down”. No Bobby, it doesn’t. What gets shut down is a team built to wait for 3-run homers that suddenly tries to play small ball. Ojeda should know better, having faced the KC Royals, Oakland A’s, and St. Louis Cardinals of the early 1980s. Teams that know how to play small ball, and execute it consistently, DO NOT GET SHUT DOWN — that’s the whole point. Teams that rely on sluggers tend to run hot and cold, but teams that win based on speed, defense, pitching, situational hitting, and fundamentals, are less prone to cold streaks.

You know things are bad when Gary Cohen moves away from reporting the play by play, and instead offers an ear to Keith Hernandez, as “Mex” chats about his days as a high school pitcher, his non-feud with Don Mattingly, and the fact that “…if I was a righthander, my dad would’ve made me a shortstop, because I was quick and athletic — unlike my brother, who was tall and lanky and not as coordinated — and that’s the fastest way to the big leagues …”

Though, as long as you mention it Keith, I always thought being a catcher was the fastest way to the bigs. Whatever … we can argue about it tomorrow evening, instead of paying attention to the game.

The Mets have now been shut out 7 times in their last 17 ballgames. What is this, 1974? Where is Eddie Kranepool?

Next Mets Game

The rubber match occurs at 7:05 PM on Wednesday night in Washington. Mike Pelfrey pitches against Craig Stammen. I can’t believe it’s Pelf’s turn to pitch again already … it seems like he just pitched yesterday. That can’t be a good sign.

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Mets Game 54: Loss to Nationals

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Nothing to do here but chalk it up to a bad day.

From his very first pitch, John Maine was absolutely pasted by the Nats hitters — even the outs were hit hard. He struggled mightily with his command, either leaving the ball over the middle of the plate or missing his target by several feet. By the time he was mercifully removed from the game, he had allowed 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks (including one to opposing pitcher John Lannan). Four of the six hits he allowed were for extra bases.

Meantime, Lannan was masterful on the mound, mowing down the Mets through nine full innings and a highly efficient 96 pitches, facing a total of only 30 hitters. It was his first career complete game. He allowed four hits and three walks, struck out only two, and the one run scored against him was unearned. So even if Maine had an average outing, it may not have mattered, since the offense was handcuffed.

If there was a bright spot, recent callup Fernando Nieve pitched two shutout innings at the tail end of the game.

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Leave it to the ’09 Mets — one of the most bizarre double plays I’ve ever seen occurred in the fourth inning, when Emil Brown lifted a drive to right-center with Luis Castillo on first base. Elijah Dukes dove for the ball, trapped it, but looked as though he might have caught. Castillo ran to second base, but retreated to first when he ascertained the ball had been caught cleanly. While running back to first, he passed Brown, who had rounded first and was trying to get Castillo’s attention to tell him to run ahead to second base. Once Brown passed Castillo (technically, Castillo passed him), Brown was out. Castillo was then put out when the relay throw beat him to second base. Technically, I think Castillo would have been safe had he continued on back to first and stayed there, because Brown was already out. I’m really not sure. In any case, you can’t blame either of the runners, because the first base ump made the “no catch” / safe call, and he was positioned behind Castillo, who was looking out at the outfield and never saw nor heard the call. Totally bizarre, and something we’re not likely to see again.

One thing I don’t get … why wasn’t Brown credited with a hit? It went down in the boxscore as a double play, but, didn’t he, technically, reach first base safely? My head hurts just thinking about it.

Luis Castillo saw 21 pitches in this contest. Had it not been for him, Lannan might’ve thrown less than 80 pitches.

Let’s hope Maine was simply weak and out of shape from the stomach bug that knocked him out of his last start. Let’s also hope that within the next four days, he gets some of the IV or vitamins or whatever Carlos Beltran ingested to help him recover from that nasty bug.

One other bright spot: the Phillies lost again to the Dodgers, so the Mets didn’t lose any ground. The Phillies are in deep doo-doo, as it was the second straight game that closer Brad Lidge gave away in the ninth. They may have to consider moving Ryan Madson or someone else into the closer role.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match begins at 1:35 PM on Sunday afternoon. Livan Hernandez faces Craig Stammen.

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Mets Game 44: Win Over Nationals

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The Mets bullpen tried their mightiest to blow the game, but discovered what a tall order it is to hand a game to the lowly Nationals.

John Maine pitched six innings of four-hit ball, and the Mets pitchers escaped with a win despite issuing nine walks to the Nats. Though, Washington pitching wasn’t much better, giving the Mets seven free passes in a contest that could have been termed a walk-a-thon.

In the end, the Mets emerged the victor, thanks in part to a three-run homer off the bat of Gary Sheffield in the sixth inning. After Sheff’s blast, Maine hit the showers and four Mets relievers combined for 6 walks in the final three innings before claiming victory.

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For the third straight game, a video review of a homerun call stopped play momentarily. Sheffield’s homer deflected off the hands of a fan reaching over the wall in left field.

Sheffield, Carlos Beltran, and Luis Castillo collected two hits apiece. Beltran and Ramon Martinez drove in the other two Mets runs.

It took J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez a combined 52 pitches to record the final 7 outs of the ballgame.

Several times during the game, because of the MLB-issued red hats for Memorial Day, I had to look twice to figure out who was on the field. I kept thinking it was the Nationals on defense when it was actually the Mets.

For the record, the red hats clashed mightily against the orange and blue uniforms, but as long as they help raise money for veterans, it’s something I’m happy to deal with for one day.

In the first inning, Carlos Beltran attempted to score on a Gary Sheffield two-out single. As he approached home plate, he had to gingerly step around Sheffield’s bat, which was resting in the baseline, in front of home plate. Beltran had no chance to score — the throw beat him by 20 feet — but the fact the bat was out there was absolutely inexcusable. On-deck hitter David Wright should know better, and should have cleared the bat. Little things like that are inexcusable.

Speaking of short rosters, Jose Reyes sat AGAIN. Enough is enough — the moment he wasn’t in the lineup, Reyes should have been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to his last game appearance. Continuing this “day to day” stuff is stupidity.

If the Nats couldn’t win this one, they ain’t winning any of ’em — they left 13 runners on base, bad even by Mets-in-April standards. Pencil in a sweep.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Nats do it again at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. Livan Hernandez faces Craig Stammen.

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