Monday, June 11, 2007

Unhappy Recap: Dodgers 5 Mets 3

Another terrible game in a lengthening slump. The Mets have now lost 7 out of 8 and 8 out of 10 in June.

What is perhaps most aggravating about this game is that it was so similar to the previous two at the start, the only difference being that the bullpen didn't implode this time.

The Mets got on top early when Reyes singled and went to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Green. Green, on the first pitch after coming back from a foot injury, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Beltran failed again with a man on third and fewer than two outs but he did hit the ball very hard. But it was an atom ball as Gary Thorne might say because it was right atom. Wright drove home Green and the Mets had a 2-0 lead. They tacked on one more in the fourth on a Carlos Gomez RBI single, to take a 3-0 lead for the second day in a row.

But El Duque who has been awesome pretty much all season mowed down the Dodgers in the first three innings. But leading off the fourth he made a crucial mistake, he walked Juan Pierre, which is hard to to do. He stole second, then Martin singled and stole second, Gonzalez doubled and Ethier blooped a single to tie the game.

In the 6th Gonzalez led off with a double, then Loney hit one deep to left center that Beltran might have been able to catch but he didn't want to trample a sliding Gomez.

Gomez slides into the wall preventing Beltran from making the catch

Then the Mets got a break, they pitched out when the Dodgers were trying a suicide squeeze. But the pitch wasn't far enough outside and Abreu bunted it anyway. LoDuca fielded, tagged Loney coming down the line and made a huge mistake. He fired the ball to first, but he was off balance and the throw sailed into right field. A horrible play. Abreu went around to third and the Dodgers lost almost nothing. Betemit blooped a single to make it 5-3.

And the Mets couldn't get a hit in the last four innings (excluding the leadoff single in the 6th).

So things are starting to get pretty bad for the Mets. But at least over the last three games everything has gone wrong, the starting pitching has been bad, the bullpen has sucked, and the offense, while better, still can't get the big hit. Hopefully they will find a way to break out of it soon. Things have been really bad over the last 8 - 10 games, but if you look over the last 20, starting with the loss to the Yankees on Sunday night, they are 8-12, .400 baseball. Not good.

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