Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Game #35: Rockies 2, Mets 1

There was a picture for this, but it was stranded on the editing counter on the way to print. I sense a theme here.

An inept offense and a 7th inning solo shot by Chris Iannetta combined to bury the Mets and give the Rockies a 2-1 win.

The Bad Stuff:
  • When you hold Colorado to only two runs in Coors Field, you typically have a great shot at winning the game. Provided, of course, you can bring runners home when those runners are in scoring position. That's where things went wrong. The Mets were a pathetic 0-7 with RISP, twice leaving the bases loaded. Can't win games if you don't score runs.
  • New York's other best chance came in the 7th, with Carlos Beltran up with one out and runners on the corners. But Beltran grounded to first base, and Daniel Murphy couldn't slide around a tag from the catcher, eliminating the scoring chance and deflating the already-deflated Amazin's for the night.
  • In the 9th, Willie Harris got on with a base hit then was thrown out trying to steal second. The way the Mets were hitting, it was probably the right choice, but unfortunately, poor execution lands it in the Bad Stuff.
The Good Stuff:
  • Chris Capuano did not deserve the L he gets for this outing. 6 2/3 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts. A fantastic outing, made spectacular considering the ballpark. With any other offense, Cap would've gotten the win no questions asked. Too bad for him the Mets' bats got mountain sickness.
  • More good service from the bullpen; Buchholz & Byrdak combined for 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Final Analysis:
That's five losses to Colorado this year, four of which by one run. As painful as that four-game sweep was in April, this one is even more sickening. To load the bases twice in Coors Field and only produce one run the whole game is unacceptable. These guys need a shot of adrenaline, Pulp Fiction style. I don't see how else to get them going.

Maybe this explains something: David Wright somehow managed to hide the fact that he's been playing with back pain since April 19.

More bad news: Chris Young is probably done for the year, possibly forever.

Even more bad news: prized pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia needs Tommy John surgery.

I'd say things can't get much worse than yesterday, but I'd just be asking for trouble. So I won't say it.


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