Mets Game 90: Loss to Giants

Giants 3 Mets 1

Give The Freak three runs, and he’ll win 92.6% of the time. Those are tough odds to overcome.

Mets Game Notes

Tim Lincecum wasn’t exactly dominant, but he prevented the Mets from scoring more than one run. The Giants have given him three or more runs 54 times in his career, and his record in those games is 50-4. Crazy.

And though the Mets couldn’t cross the plate against Lincecum, it wasn’t because they didn’t try. I have to give the offense credit for keeping the pressure on The Freak — they had a baserunner in each of the six innings he pitched, and were a squib away from cracking him. The Mets hitters may lack power, but their patience and tireless ability to foul off two-strike pitches makes them pesky — like a mosquito or a pebble in your shoe. They may not always destroy you with a big fly, but they’ll doggedly wear you down by taking pitches, fouling pitches off, and hitting ’em where they ain’t. For years some fans clamored for the Mets to acquire David Eckstein; now they have about four or five hitters who do what he does (some of them, better).

The Freak Show overshadowed yet another very solid outing by Chris Capuano. All of the runs scored on the lefthander came on infield grounders that fell just short of being converted into double plays. Slightly better defense and this game might still be going.

The way both pitchers battled, and how the offenses could not plate runs, reminded me of games from the 1970s. This could have been a game from 1976 that pitted Jerry Koosman vs. John Montefusco.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series, and the Left Coast swing, and the first half of the season, will start at 8:05 PM ET on Sunday night. Mike Pelfrey goes to the hill against Matt Cain.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Joe July 10, 2011 at 12:53 am
    Not quite the game played earlier today with a total of three hits. The game was loss by sloppy play in the first. After awhile, it was clear the Mets was doomed. The 3-1 score was quite predictable though that peskiness is appreciated. Last night, getting to their pen did it.

    Capauno deserved better, but so it goes.

  2. Steve S. July 10, 2011 at 10:05 am
    It will be interesting when (hopefully) Wright, Davis, and Reyes are back in three weeks. If Bay continues to improve his hitting and the Mets keep Beltran, that would change the team from mosquitos to hornets.

    Of course, 7.5 or 8.5 games down is a lot to make up.