Final Score: Marlins 6 Mets 0

The Mets lost to the Marlins by the score of 6-0 tonight at Citi Field.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

The Least You Should Know

  • Mike Pelfrey started for the Mets and really pitched well although he ultimately allowed four runs in 6+ innings to the Marlins, but ultimately allowed four earned runs and four walks to Florida after leaving with the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh inning.
  • Pelfrey was betrayed by his defense on a botched wheel play in the seventh inning, when David Wright looked to throw to first base which was unoccupied, loading the bases and setting up a five run inning for the Marlins.
  • The Mets had a chance in the eighth inning when they loaded the bases against the Marlins bullpen, but Lucas Duda struck out to end their only real threat of the night.
  • Jason Bay went 0 for 4 on the night, he’s now 2 for his last 45 at the plate, and he’s now hitting just .229 for the year.
  • The Mets were shutout for the seventh time this season.
  • Pelfrey is now 1-8 with a 5.19 ERA in 17 starts against the Marlins in his career, and is win-less in his last 16 starts against Florida.
  • With the loss, the Mets are now 18-30 against the Marlins since the beginning of the 2009 season, and are 23-28 against the National League East this season.

Comments from Terry Collins

  • The wheel play was designed to get the runner out at third base.
  • Justin Turner did not get to first base like he should have on the wheel play.
  • Pelfrey pitched really well – when he got hurt, he wasn’t pounding the strike zone and was walking guys.
  • Pelfrey doesn’t possess the strikeout pitch – they foul a lot of pitches off against him and hang in there, which adds to his pitch count.
  • Mike Stanton has the most raw power he’s ever seen.

Post Game Thoughts

small photoMichael Baron: Pelfrey looked as good as he has all year through 5 2/3 innings tonight. He was efficient, had great tempo, pitched in with his sinker and splitter and did an outstanding job of keeping the ball on the ground, which is something he hasn’t done much of this year. He got tired in the sixth inning and started to nibble rather than stay aggressive inside, and was fortunate to get out of that inning unscathed. He probably shouldn’t have gone out there for the seventh inning but I liked the fact Terry Collins decided to test him to see if he could muscle through. Unfortunately, he couldn’t and his defense betrayed him in the seventh inning when Wright simply didn’t throw the ball to third base on a wheel play, and setup an unfortunate end to an otherwise good effort by Pelfrey.

Regarding that wheel play, I was surprised to see Collins use it in that situation. The risk associated with that play is first base can be left unoccupied, and so a lot of things need to go right in order for it to be successful. After the game, Collins said it was Turner’s job to get to first base to cover the throw, but the wheel is designed to get the runner out at third base, and so with Turner covering second, there was no possible way for him to get to first base to cover a potential throw in that situation. All in all, I’m not sure what happened with Wright on that play, but I would have expected Collins to play that situation more conservatively rather than risking what ultimately transpired, which was a big inning.

The Mets bats went silent tonight, as they got nothing going against Javier Vazquez at any point. They scattered three singles and didn’t exercise much patience against Vazquez, but it really didn’t matter because he was dazzling the Mets with his curveball all night long.

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Up Next

The Mets continue their five-game series with the Marlins tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Chris Capuano facing Chris Volstad at 7:10 PM.