Mets start their six game road trip against two division rivals with a 4-1 loss against the Braves. The Mets just seemed to give up during the game, with the exception of Santana who got better as the game went on. There was, once again, no offense to help Santana who had a decent outing despite a rough first inning. The defense just seemed like they couldn’t bother to give it their best either. Many consider this road series to be make or break it time. If not broken already, the season is surely fractured. The Mets fall to .500 on the season.
Johan Santana had a rough outing in his last start, with a huge first inning that cost Santana six runs. His first inning against the Braves wasn’t great either. He gave up three runs in just the first inning and was just laying his pitches in with velocity barely touching 90 MPH. Santana would battle back though as the next five innings he pitched, he shut the Braves out until a homerun from Chipper Jones broke that streak. Santana pitched 7 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and one homerun on 115 pitches. Santana walked two batters and struck out 11 batters. Santana did not have a bad start, he just had no offense behind him and another rough first inning. Santana walks away with his sixth loss of the season.
Santana’s 11 Ks is a Mets season high passing Takahashi who had 10 strikeouts in his last start. It seems like Santana needs to throw a simulated first inning bullpen session before the game starts as Santana often gets better after the first inning and with the more pitches he throws.
Bobby Parnell came into the eighth inning and struck out the first two men to face him. He would give up base hits to the next two batters but was able to finish the inning unscathed.
The story continues to be the same as Santana keeps the Mets in the game, but the offense lets him down once more. Mets collect eight hits on the night and one run, but were only 1-9 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on the basepath.
David Wright was the only starter not to get a hit for the Mets in the game as he went 0-4. What’s even sadder is that he only saw 9 pitches in those four at bats. He only has two points over a .300 average now as well. Are people still thinking he’s an MVP this year?
Carlos Beltran had the best offensive night, going 1-2 with a double, an RBI and two walks. Angel Pagan had his 24th stolen base of the season as well.
The defense wasn’t much help either. Luis Castillo is still having trouble at second base, especially when trying to turn the double play. He also couldn’t be bothered attempting a tag at second that could have gotten the runner out. Pagan also played a ball in left very lackadaisically.
The first inning gave the Braves a three-nothing lead that was plenty to beat the Mets.
Santana’s 11 strikeouts and late inning turn around was great to watch. Sorry the Mets couldn’t get you a win though.
R.A. Dickey looks to continue his dominant starts as he starts game two against the Braves. Derek Lowe starts for Atlanta. Lowe has only won 2 of his last 10 starts. Game time is 7:10 PM.