Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Game #123: Rockies 6, Mets 2

...Yeah...about that series win we were supposed to have against Colorado...

Chris Young lost perfection and the game by allowing four runs in the 6th and the Met aided the Rockies with horrible defense and no offense, falling 6-2.

The Bad Stuff:
  • The Mets could only get one early run off Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, but for 5 innings it looked like that would be enough for Chris Young, who faced 15 hitters and got 15 outs. But the 16th hitter got on with a single. The 17th did as well. The 18th tried to sac bunt but Young allowed a run on an error. From there it snowballed and eventually New York turned a 1-0 lead into an insurmountable 4-1 deficit.
  • Robert Carson allowed one more run in the 8th and a 6th Rocky run came in in the 9th on a failed rundown. As Gary and Keith on SNY explained, an error couldn't technically be applied to play...it's just one in our minds.
  • Baserunning errors don't count in the E column either, but Andres Torres had an awful one in the 5th when he got picked off second base. Initially called safe going back to second, the call was overturned by an ump with a better angle, prompting Terry Collins's ejection after arguing.
  • New York's clutch hitting (and hitting in general) failed tonight as the team went 1-5 with RISP and stranded only 3 runners on base.
The Good Stuff:
  • Young's final line wasn't all that bad: 7 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs (2 earned - technically a quality start), 1 walk, 9 strikeouts.
  • David Wright went just 1-4 but had a home run taken away from him by Dexter Fowler in the 2nd and an RBI taken away when Ruben Tejada was thrown out at the plate in the 6th.
  • Ruben Tejada got his batting average back up into the .310s with a 2-4 night and a run.
Final Analysis:
Keith Hernandez called it fundamentally the worst game the Mets have played all season. No arguments here: this one was ug-ly. Now that "health spa" homestand against two cellar-dwellers must end with 5 straight wins to make it worthwhile with a 5-2 record. The way this team is playing now, 2-5 seems like the more likely scenario.


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