Walkathon ’11, Bats Silent, Mets Lose 6-2 To Nats

R.A. Dickey had ZERO control today, and that seemed to be a recurring theme for the Mets as they took a loss in their home opener to the Nationals, 6-2.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey just couldn’t find it today. Dickey allowed three runs on six hits in five innings, walking five and striking out three. Dickey finished the game throwing 98 pitches, 53 for strikes but those numbers didn’t begin evening out until the 4th inning. He had thrown half his pitches for strikes up until that point. His knuckleball was not in control, as shown by him throwing a lot more fastballs then he usually does. He got lucky in multiple situations, stranding a fair amount of runners.

The bullpen continued the walkfest for the most part. D.J. Carrasco came out and went two innings, walking one and striking out one but allowing no hits. He has been a pleasant surprise for an inning-eating middle reliever. Tim Byrdak came out, and in one-third of an inning gave up two runs on one hit walking one and striking out one. The experiment using him as a crossover reliever doesn’t seem to be working too well. Bobby Parnell pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on one hit, walking two and striking out one. Parnell was clearly overthrowing today. Blaine Boyer came out for the ninth, and gave up one hit.

The pitching today was awful, and got lucky on a few great defensive plays.

The bats today were pretty awful, stranding 14 runners. The Mets manage to get runners to third and second base with no outs, and could not convert. Ike Davis hit a sac-fly in the second, and Lucas Duda had a pinch-hit RBI double. Only Josh Thole (2 for 3, one run and one walk) had more then one hit.

Ike Davis – 0 for 3 with one RBI and two K’s. Both strikeouts were called third strikes, with one clearly being a ball on a 3-2 count.

David Wright – 1 for 4 with a rocket double and some good defense.

Scott Hairston/Willie Harris – 0 for 4 combined with two strikeouts, including a big strikeout by Hairston with a man on third.

The offense is struggling, and the only positives are watching Brad Emaus surprise with both his defense and his plate discipline and Josh Thole continuing to show strong plate discipline.

Turning Point

The unraveling relievers in the eighth inning, taking it from a one-run game to a four-run game.

Game Ball

Angel Pagan for a great catch that lead to a double-play in the ninth. Too little too late but great defense

On Deck

The Mets will hope to rebound from this three-game losing streak, sending out new Mets lefty Chris Capuano to face-off against Nationals lefty Tom Gorzelanny. Game time is 7:10 P.M.