Sunday, September 30, 2012

Game #159: Braves 6, Mets 2

If there was any doubt before, it's mathematically official: the New York Mets regressed in 2012.

Whereas the Braves figured out Jenrry Mejia early, the Mets couldn't solve Kris Medlen, falling to the Braves 6-2 and guaranteeing a worse record than they had in 2011.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Jenrry Mejia served up a 3-run homer to David Ross in the 2nd inning and let one more through before the end of the 5th inning. His final line in those 5 frames: 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. His ERA now stands at 5.63.
  • Collin McHugh was just as mediocre, allowing 2 runs in the 6th inning to put his ERA at 7.29.
  • New York got just one earned run off Atlanta in 9 innings, hit 1-7 with RISP, and stranded 6 men on base.
The Good Stuff:
  • Justin Hampson tossed a scoreless 7th inning to lower his ERA to 1.86.
  • Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis each had a double; Murphy's was his 40th of the season and Davis scored on Andres Torres's RBI single in the 9th.
Final Analysis:
You never would have thought it before mid-July, when the team was 46-40 and still in the playoff hunt. But now it's staring right back at us: with their 86th loss, the Mets will not finish as "well" as they did last season when they went 77-85. Sure, there have been some great moments this year, but it's disappointing to see the finish line so close and nothing to show for it at the end. Guess you've got to follow the Brooklyn model: wait till next year.

But before we can get to next year, there's still the matter of games 160-162 to play, and New York will finish up by Wednesday after helping the Miami Marlins close down their new ballpark. Can't think of any reason to watch? How about this: it's the last we'll see of the orange and blue for six months. That's why I'll be tuning in.


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