Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Game #44: Reds 7, Mets 4

If I told you one of the Mets' undefeated fireballers was going to get his first black mark of the season, you'd be disappointed. If I told you both of them deserved, I'd be telling you about this afternoon.

Matt Harvey had his worst outing of the season, but the game wasn't lost until Bobby Parnell oversaw three runs in the 9th as the Reds swept the Mets 7-4.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Matt Harvey was far from the top of his game this afternoon, allowing a season-high four runs on a career-high nine hits in 6.1 innings, walking three and striking out six. In the grand scheme of things, far from the worst any of the Mets' starters have put up in 2013, but when you consider this is Harvey and not Dillon Gee we're talking about, then it gets pretty disturbing.
  • Against all odds, New York got to Cincinnati's Mat Latos in the same way, and the game was tied 4-4 going into the 9th inning. But Bobby Parnell gave up a leadoff double to a hustling Shin-Soo Choo, who went to third on a groundout. After Joey Votto was walked, Brandon Phillips chopped a groundball that snuck fair past an awkwardly-positioned Ike Davis and turned into a generous two-run double. A third run came in shortly thereafter.
  • The 3-8 hitters in New York's batting order combined to go 3-22 with all six of the team's strikeouts.
  • David Wright has gotten himself into a slump at the plate, going 0-4 today to make it 2-19 in his last five games.
The Good Stuff:
  • Daniel Murphy and Rick Ankiel combined for a killer 1-2 punch, each going 3-4 two RBIs. Ankiel was especially potent, picking up a triple to go along with his two doubles.
  • Again, low strikeout totals for the Mets on the day. Plus two of them came against Aroldis Chapman, so really it's just like four Ks.
Final Analysis:
Remember that momentum that came with winning three of four on the road? Like Sting, consider it gone.

The Mets need the gift of a rare off day at home tomorrow. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Ike Davis took an extended Memorial Day vacation in the next 48 hours.


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