The Mets (64-72) lost to the Cardinals (74-62) by the score of 5-1 on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.
0-14 with RISP so far this series will win you no games.
Harvey was the man on the mound for the Mets and looked like he was uncomfortable out there. Although, admittedly, the only Met that looked comfortable pitching out there tonight was Familia. Harvey got through five innings, allowing six hits and walking three. He allowed three earned runs, all in the second, and struck out four. The Cardinals seemed to be well prepared for Harvey, who also struggled with his control at times on the evening. 55 of his 92 pitches were strikes. In his defense, I personally do not think the hits against him were exactly scalded, so if this is a bad Harvey start, sign me up.
Justin Hampson took over for the sixth, and a timely steal of third by Descalso led to an RBI groundout – leaving Hampson’s line at 1 IP with an earned run and hit. Ramon Ramirez allowed two hits and a walk in the seventh, but only allowed one earned run through it all. Jeurys Familia made his MLB debut and pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Nice. 97 MPH with ease.
Offense lacked a pulse for most of this game, but they scattered nine hits against Jaime Garcia. The Mets only run came about after Descalso botched a double play on a DWright grounder (Who called it?) and the Mets ended up with a mere sacrifice fly from pinch hitter Mike Baxter with the bases loaded and one out. No extra base hits and 8 men LOB.
That is about it, save for a nice defensive play by Torres late in the game to keep more runs from scoring.
We saw a real glimpse of the future tonight with Harvey and Familia in the same game, although I do expect Familia to start at some point.
Bay picked up a hit and his average rose to .169. I just… I cannot believe what has happened to this guy.
Wright, Tejada, and Hairston each had two hits.
Since AS break, the Mets offense has been ranked 15th or dead last in almost all offensive categories in the NL, according to SNY. Their overall numbers with a 2-0 count are pretty discouraging, too.
Scary moment in the first where Harvey took a hit off a comebacker. He is fine, though.
Get out those good luck charms folks, because RA Dickey takes the mound not only to try and avoid the sweep for the Mets, but also aiming for win number 18. He faces a tough task in Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, who has 13 wins to his own credit, and holds a 3.90 ERA. The potential pitching duel gets underway at 12:45 CT time, so 1:45 on the east coast.
Tricky Dick for
Prez Cy Young! The last time the Mets had an 18-game winner? 1990. They had two of them. Know who they are? Here’s a hint. Sweet Music. The other is too good to forget.