Mets Game 119: Loss to Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks 6 Mets 4
There was a point early in this game when I thought the Mets had a genuine chance to win. They fought back from a two-run deficit to tie the game, then scored another pair to take a two-run lead. Then it all went bad, and the Mets couldn’t recover.
Mets Game Notes
Mike Pelfrey had “great stuff” according to manager Terry Collins but was knocked out of the game in the fifth when a line drive bounced off of his right elbow. I don’t know about the “great stuff” descriptor, but, everyone has a right to his own opinion. Pelfrey left the game with a 4-2 lead but replacement pitcher D.J. Carrasco turned that into a 5-4 deficit in less than ten minutes.
Daniel Hudson didn’t have “great stuff” either but it was good enough to get him through eight innings and a victory. The Diamondbacks are now 61-0 when leading a game after the 8th inning.
Just about all of the Mets offense came from the bottom of the lineup. Batters six through nine — Ronny Paulino, Mike Baxter, Ruben Tejada, and Mike Pelfrey — were a combined 7-for-14 with three runs scored and 4 RBI. The rest of the Mets were 1-for-22 on the day.
The Mets are now three games below .500, and 11.5 games behind the Braves in the Wild Card standings. The Nationals are only one game behind the Mets. In short, the ship is sinking.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Diamondbacks play the final game of the series beginning at 4:10 PM EST on Sunday afternoon. Chris Capuano goes to the hill against Jason Marquis.
I can’t speak for the Dodgers and Cubs, but with that much value, shouldn’t the Mets rank much better in the division than they do? I did not crunch the numbers, but to play on that mediocre level with that much team value – there MUST be some responsibility on the owner’s part.
A major league sports franchise in New York — be it baseball, football, or basketball — should NEVER, EVER be concerned with financials. Mismanagement of finances is one thing, but if an owner in NY can’t outspend $50M in mistakes, then they shouldn’t own a NY team. Mark Cuban has the wherewithal to compete with the Yankees — why doesn’t he own the Mets? Because Bud Selig has turned MLB into his private club, and he’d be thrilled to see a NY team operate on a limited budget so that player salaries in general can be kept down.
Joe and everyone else on this blog, thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions.
Some owners in sports are crummy. Point taken.