The Mets (53-57) lost to the Marlins (50-60) by the score of 4-2 tonight at Citi Field.
It feels like this team is just without energy. I can not explain how or why but it just feels like a different team. The fight was once a fight for the wild-card … and now it is a fight to hit .500 again.
I feel like every loss I write a recap for ends up feeling like a tough loss to me. Maybe it is just my outlook on things, but every loss brings us closer to something I do not want to come to terms with.
Jon Niese started tonight and went six innings, only running into a blip in the fourth inning where he allowed four runs. Three consecutive singles, a sac fly, another single, and a 2-run double with 2 outs put a 4-spot on the board for the Marlins in the fourth and that was all the scoring they would muster on the evening. He allowed eight hits, a walk, and struck out four over the six innings. Parnell, Acosta, and Rauch finished the last three innings scoreless, allowing only a hit and striking out three.
The Mets would pick up two runs in the fifth to back up Niese, off a Murphy lead-off solo shot and a two-out RBI single by Andres Torres. Terry Collins did not call for a pinch-hitter with Niese up and the bases loaded/2-out in the bottom of the fifth – and Niese struck out. He went on to pitch the sixth scoreless. There was little to write home about after that. Ruben Tejada singled in the third and ended up on third, but Hairston struck out and stranded him.
Not much else to say about tonight.
On the day the Mets announced that left fielder Jason Bay will become a platoon player, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets have no plans to swallow the final guaranteed season of his four-year, $66 million contract.
“Certainly, there are times when it is appropriate to eat a contract,” Alderson told ESPN New York. “There are other times when it is not. Jason Bay is not going anywhere, nor is his contract.”
Bay went 1 – 4 and his average rose to .157. Woo-hoo. Murphy was the only starter with two hits, one of them being a HR. Tejada extended his hitting streak to 12 with the third inning single.
The Mets lost their eighth straight game at Citi Field, the club’s longest home losing streak since September 14-September 28, 2007 when they also dropped eight consecutive games. The Mets struck out 11 times tonight and have struck out 76 times during the losing streak, including double-digits in six of the games.
The Mets made room for left-hander Garrett Olson’s promotion by demoting Elvin Ramirez to Triple-A Buffalo. The team also transferred Dillon Gee to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot.
The series continues tomorrow evening with Chris Young (3-5, 4.22) versus Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 8.59 with the Marlins). 7:10 PM.