The Marlins (68-92) came from behind late in the game to beat the Mets (73-87) by the score of 3-2 tonight in Miami. What a sleeper this game was. Seriously, I caught myself nodding off at least twice.
Jeurys Familia made his first major league start and his reputation for wildness was on full display for all to see in this game. The young right-hander surrendered just one hit in four scoreless innings, but he walked six batters.. That’s obscene… The six walks were the most walks allowed by any Mets starting pitcher in a game this season.
I have deep concerns about Familia. Only 33 of his 75 pitches were strikes and I’m not going to blame this on jitters. Familia has been wild throughout his entire professional career. He had a 4.8 walk rate for Buffalo this season. That’s worse than Oliver Perez.
As bad as Familia was, the bullpen was even worse. Manny Acosta, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez each allowed a run with Rauch getting the blown save and Ramirez earning the loss. The bullpen has been unreliable and mostly useless all season long. I don’t trust anyone in it. Nobody.
The offense was flat. The two runs were courtesy of a David Wright RBI single and a Mike Baxter pinch-hit RBI double. The Mets stranded 12 runners on base and had plenty of opportunities to blow the game open and didn’t. By the way, Baxter has been unbelievable as a pinch-hitter for the Mets, batting 11-for-24.
Thank God for R.A. Dickey… The Mets will continue their final series of the season with Dickey looking for Win No. 21 against Jacob Turner for the Marlins. Game time is 7:10 PM.