Sloppy defense all around led to five unearned St. Louis runs in the top of the 5th as the Mets dropped the series opener to the Cardinals, 9-2.
The Bad Stuff:
- Despite extending his "quality starts" streak, Jeremy Hefner earned his sixth L of the season, surrendering six runs (one earned) on eight hits in six innings, walking one and striking out two. The death knell for Hef came in the 5th inning when an error by Daniel Murphy set up a couple RBI groundouts, including a botched double play by David Wright; Allen Craig's three-run homer capped the five-run frame and guaranteed the Mets a seventh loss in eight games since the Yankee sweep.
- The Met bullpen didn't fare much better, as Greg Burke served up two runs in the 7th and David Aardsma allowed his first run as a New York reliever.
- After scrapping two runs off Michael Wacha in the first, New York could not find their offense, stringing together just five hits and stranding six men on base.
- Omar Quintanilla woke up the Home Run Apple from a long slumber with a solo shot in the bottom of the 1st.
- Marlon Byrd's bases-loaded sac fly later in the inning brought home the Mets' only other run.
- Jordany Valdespin had two hits in the leadoff slot.
During the few innings I actually watched tonight, Gary, Ron, and Keith were talking about how Mets fans would accept management if they simply told fans straight-up that the franchise was in rebuilding mode. I'm beyond expecting anything more in 2013; the sooner more Mets fans come to this realization, the better off we'll all be. I'm okay with making the rest of the year glorified tryouts; let's just make sure we find the right guys in this 100-game span to keep us from doing the same for 100 games in 2014.