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D-Backs 9- Mets 6 July 30, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey throws a pitch to the Chicago Cubs in the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York April 20, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Mike Pelfrey just hasn’t been able to get it together once again tonight. He went 5.2 innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits and 4 walks. The umpire behind the plate was pretty bad with one of the smallest strike zones I’ve seen in a while. That certainly didn’t help.

Surprisingly, Pelfrey wasn’t the worst pitcher of the night for the Mets. Raul Valdes had his worst game as a Met giving up 4 runs without recording an out in the sixth. He gave up two homers and had absolutely nothing. It was a surprise because he’s been so good with what doesn’t appear to be great stuff.

The bright spot of the night was David Wright going 3 for 4 with two homers in his first two at-bats. Those homers resulted in 5 RBI’s tonight for him.

This is the Mets fourth straight loss to the horrible D-Backs team. They need to toughen up and get some payback this weekend.

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Padres 5 – Mets 1 June 2, 2010

San Diego Padres center fielder Tony Gwynn steals second base on New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes in the ninth inning during their National League MLB Baseball game in San Diego

For the ninth time this season the New York Metropolitans lose a road series. After a promising home stand where the Mets won five of six against last year’s world series teams the Mets go on the road and lose series to the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres.

Wednesday night’s game was the ultimate worst for Met fans.

The team got off to a nice start. Ace pitcher Johan Santana struggled but held the Padres scoreless and a fourth inning single by Jeff Francoeur scored Jason Bay. It wasn’t much but it was all Santana needed.

Santana held the Padres scoreless through 7 innings.

In the eighth inning the Mets use three different relievers, Pedro Feliciano, Elmer Dessens and Francisco Rodriguez, to get to the ninth inning.

Former Met Heath Bell shut down the Mets in the ninth, and K-Rod was set to save the 1-0 game.

However, K-Rod found trouble in the ninth when Tony Gwynn Jr, singled into right field and then surprisingly stole second on catcher Henry Blanco. That would prove to be huge. Rodriguez would strike out pinch hitter Matt Stairs and Jerry Hairston, Jr. Then the pesky David Eckstein would single to left field, scoring Gwynn and knotting the game at one a piece.

After a scoreless 10th inning, the Mets would come to bat in the 11th, without success. Then the Mets brought in lefthander Raul Valdes to pitch the 11th. Valdes would struggle. He would give up a double to Tony Gwynn Jr. A bunt was tried by John Garland, it was picked up by Valdes who fired it to third and the Mets had life. Valdes would load the bases for the Padres big hitter Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez made solid contact and that sick in the gut feeling came for Met fans again. Gonzalez’s hit landed into the left field bleachers for a grand slam and the Mets lost a tough one in San Diego 5-1.

It’s the sixth grand slam given up by Mets pitching this season, the most in the majors.

The Mets failed to win their first road series since July of last year.

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Mets 8 – Phillies 0 May 25, 2010

Mets starting pitcher Dickey throws against the Nationals during the first inning of their MLB National League game in Washington

The Mets won their third straight tonight behind big-time pitching from R.A. Dickey and Raul Valdes. Dickey went 6 shutout innings getting out of trouble several times with the Phillies threatening. Valdes came in and threw 3 shutout relief innings. He’s really shown something this season out of the bullpen. Tonight’s game brought his ERA down to 2.86. You won’t get better than that for a long man in the bullpen.

The offense was really consistent throughout the game. The Mets were scoring single runs until they scored 3 in the eighth. The big story on offense was Jose Reyes, who went 3 for 5 with 3 runs and 2 stolen bases. It was like watching the Reyes of two or three years ago. Also Jeff Francoeur finally came alive going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s.

The Mets seem to have stabilized with Oliver Perez and John Maine out of the rotation.

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Cardinals 4 – Mets 3 April 16, 2010

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The Mets lost their seventh game of the year and it’s already starting to get old. They did go up against Chris Carpenter who threw 7 innings and only gave up 1 unearned run. So there is the built in excuse for losing that they ran into a buzz saw tonight. But I’m getting tired of the excuses over the last year.

The bright spot of the game was Oliver Perez for a change. He went 6.1 IP giving up only 1 run, which scored after he left the game. We haven’t seen many lines like that from Perez over the past couple of years.

But there are no moral victories in professional sports. The Mets  lost. Again. Continue reading