Final Score: Rockies 5 Mets 4 (plus Terry's rant)

Terry Collins talked to reporters after the game, and said:

“Well, we’re answering the same questions every night, pretty much, except for one night. It’s time to start making pitches. It’s time to start getting a big two-out hit. You know, we’re pulling for eachother, everyone’s behind eachother, we’ve got quit worrying about the negatives and start thinking about what the execution-side needs. Now’s the time. We’ve been in every game, but now we’ve got to start winning them. … You can’t just put your finger on one thing. When you go through a streak where things aren’t going good, it’s not one thing, it could be the base on balls one night, a defensive play the next night, it could be a strikeout in a big situation or not getting a guy in from third with nobody out or one out. It’s not just one thing. I just got done telling them, we’re one pitch away and one swing away from being 9-2, and we’re not. But, the next 11, we’ve got to be 9-2. We need to get it going and do the things we haven’t done thus far. … We’ve just got to take the next step. These guys are playing hard. … But, when the other team comes back we need to re-charge ourselves and do things we were doing when we had the lead. … You know, it’s a group thing. And I’ll take some responsibility, maybe I’m not getting them ready good enough, maybe we need to do a better job in our pre-game meetings when we talk about what we need to do. … We’ve had chances, but we’ve got to start getting the two-out hit once in a while. … I want to make sure everybody still realizes this is a 9-inning, 27-out game. And, if the team comes back in the 6th inning and takes the lead, we’ve still got innings to play. Let’s get back in the dugout, get ready and continue to do what we’ve been doing, get on the mound and if we give up a homer or a base on balls let’s get on the mound and make a pitch.”

In addition, Collins basically said:

  • Niese tried to pitch up and in to Tulowitki, but the ball must have gotten too much of the plate, and, ‘That’s what good hitters do.’
  • The team’s spirit is still up.
  • It’s easy to blow off losing streaks like this, ‘and say woe is me, oh, here we go again,’ but, ‘we can’t, we’ve got to press forward and make tonight the night.’
  • He felt the team was deflated after Tulowitzki’s home run.’

I appreciate how seriously he’s taking this, so early in the season. He was stern in his post-game talk with reporters, but not panicked, and I’m glad to hear he’s taking that same tone to the team. It’s a long season. But, it’s not that long. Tomorrow is two games, so this was a great time to lay down the law a bit, and hopefully it sets a tone and has an impact.

The least you should know:

  • Jon Niese let up five runs and seven hits, including home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Spilborghs, in six innings of work.
  • Taylor Buchholz, Pedro Beato and DJ Carrasco each pitched a scoreless inning in relief tonight.
  • Daniel Murphy had an RBI double and made another diving stop at second base.
  • Carlos Beltran drove in a run with a double.
  • Angel Pagan, who scored in the second inning on a wild pitch, knocked in a run with a triple.
  • The Mets were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
  • Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez made a terrific, diving catch behind third base, with two outs and a runner on a second, which most likely saved a run from scoring.
  • The Mets have lost three games in a row, and 6 of their last 7.

Quick Reaction and Other Observations:

Man, Tulowitzki is awesome, and he’s killing the Mets this series. What’s worse, he really, really seems to be enjoying it. In the fifth inning, up two runs, and an open base, but runners on second and third with two outs, they chose to pitch to him. I’m OK with this. Niese probably should have pitched around him, and it looked like he was trying to go up and away, but instead left the ball over the plate and Tulowitzki drove it out to right field to put the Rockies ahead. In the 6th inning, now down a run, Niese grooved an 88-mph, 1-2 fastball right down the plate, which Spilborghs crushed over the left-center field wall. He and Mike Pelfrey (and Josh Thole and Dan Warthen) need to do a better job in their approach, especially against the opposition’s best hitters.

SNY’s Post Game Extra:

The Mets play a straight doubleheader tomorrow against the Rockies in Citi Field, starting at 12:10 pm. In the first game, RHP RA Dickey (1-1, 2.45 ERA) takes on RHP Greg Reynolds (0-0, 3.00 ERA), after which LHP Chris Capuano (1-0, 6.75 ERA) starts against LHP Jorge De La Rosa (1-0, 1.74 ERA).