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Mets gave away Tuesday’s game to the Cubs

In the ninth inning on Tuesday, David Wright struggled to field a ground ball and turn a double play, which allowed the eventual winning run to reach second base.

“It just bounced a little more than I thought and it got me in the heel,” Wright said after the loss. “I’m not sure if we get both outs, but we definitely get the out at second. I wish I could have caught it cleanly.”

Josh Edgin let up a game-tying solo home run an inning earlier.

“We gave this away,” Wright added.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Wright’s missed opportunity at second and Edgin’s home run are bad, but that isn’t why the Mets lost this game. The far bigger error came in the third inning, when they had bases loaded and no outs, but didn’t score. They were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position through the first five innings. They scored 29 runs in five games at Citizens Bank Park. I’m hoping last night was a hiccup, and not the start of another down cycle, especially being so close to .500 again.




123 comments
Howard Rosenberg
Howard Rosenberg

Trade Murphy, He's too streaky a hitter, lost on the bases, and terrible defensively. He plays hard and can carry the team offensively when hot but it can't make up for all his bonehead plays on a team that struggles to score runs.

stage52
stage52

I  was surprised that Collin's did not walk  Schieholtz in that situation with the base open.  He is just like Greg Dobbs in those situations to the Mets.  Coghlan got  lucky with that HR earlier.

Justin Cosgrove
Justin Cosgrove

Bottom line is, horrid clutch hitting. Bases loaded, multiple chances, and only one run to show. I don't care how good our pitching is, a bad throw in the 9th should never have been the issue. 

Bill Vanwormer
Bill Vanwormer

that's what Wright said, they also stopped hitting

monstah
monstah

Philadelphia was fun - they are a punching bag but I am concerned it gave us a false sense of everything being better with the offense - and then last night was a wake up call. We are still hitting just .155 as a team with the bases loaded!! Mets starters must feel if they give up 2 runs - it's probably over. I know this was brought up yesterday but TC HAS to play whoever is hot. I dont care who you are, if you are not delivering, you sit.

zingzangzo
zingzangzo

Time for management to wake up and read the blog! Tejada could be a late innings relief at short @ best!! We should try Wilmer there since his RBI production jumped a bit with just that one game. I really think Zachary Lutz could earn the position with one of the 2 earlier mentioned getting demoted. After all he is a infielder!! Does anyone agree on this. The team clearly needs to win more to pay for Sandys mistake signing. this will increase payroll oppurtunity for maybe a cash plus the trade of a pitcher or two for a Tulowitski which would draw fan support, end of story. Send Chris Young for extended stay at Las Vegas ball immediately. Just not getting it done!! Wake up Mr. G.M.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

We score exactly one (1) run against the worst team in major league baseball. Daniel Murphy cannot run the bases. Team cannot score in bases-loaded situation where the other team is all but GIVING you a run. And Josh Edgin is now in mid-season form. How do you allow a guy hitting somewhere around .150 (with no power) to take you deep? And Rice cannot retire any lefties--especially final batter on an 0-2 count. This is the problem with this team. And every other Met squad under Terry. One dreadful loss undoes a great series in Philly and KILLS whatever momentum the team might have had. If they win yesterday the team is at .500 and within spitting-distance of the Braves.

Joe Clark
Joe Clark

At this point it looks like Chris Young is not even a good bench player! I'm sorry but you can't keep putting an everyday player out there with a .195 BA and expect him to come through in any clutch situation. He should now be the last guy to play on any given day. What a waste of 7.5 million dollars.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

I'm not gonna get too upset about last night. Sucks that we lost, but we just whooped up on Philly this weekend. I think we'll rebound tonight, we haven't been playing that bad as of late, other than last night, so we'll see. Not gonna be too pessimistic here, even though I'm tempted to.

dickeydeep
dickeydeep

This Mets Team is a station to station singles hitting team, we CAN NOT have an automatic out batting 5th.  I'd love for CY to break out of his slump, but until he shows ANY sign of doing so, WHY put him in position to KILL every single rally we manage to muster?  

I wanna watch my Mets, but don't know if I can if the line-up looks like last night.

mi
mi

can somebody PLEASE get tda closer to the plate

eavdr10
eavdr10

Never seen a team so consistently bad with runners on in my life. Being a Met fan we have seen poor offense before. This particular offense is special though. They score constantly in the first inning and then disappear. The lack of "clutch hitting" is almost scary. This team just doesn't bunch runs together unless they homer, and they don't homer very often. It's sad too, because this team would be a good team if they scored even a little. With good pitching an a real bad offense with runners on, we are going to see a lot of extra inning games. Not good for a team full of young pitchers who are going out there everyday and fighting for quite frankly.... nothing.

semperfi
semperfi

Matt 100% right on, Wright nor Rice lost the game, not hitting with runners on, especially with bases loaded and no outs, have to score in those situations. Murphy should get the next day off when they face a lefty and let Tejada play 2nd and leave Flores at SS. I would love to see Flores playout the rest of the year at SS and see if he can hack it, no pun intended, if not then you no you have to go spend some $ on a SS or trade some pitching for one, Tejada is a decent middle IF backup but should only start on a very strong hitting team that can afford one weak bat in the lineup and Mets are not that team. I would give dArnaud until July 1 to start hitting or send him back to AAA to figure things out, he is suppose to be this top prospect and he cant hit .200, Pittsburg has a 25 year old catcher who is hitting .325 with 9 Hrs and 9 doubles and I have not heard of him being a top prospect, when are we going to catch a break on a position player prospect, hoping for Plawecki and Nimmo, no problems with our pitching prospects but we are struggling to produce all-star caliber position players. 

rodd
rodd

mets catcher belongs in the minor leagues !

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

How to lose a game without really trying, by Terry Collins!

rodd
rodd

i was very angry and depressed seeing the mets lose the game what the hell happened to the hitting., damn it.  i had a feeling the game was slowely slipping away from us. so angry.

Straw18
Straw18

Not sure why TC is so set on CY playing but if he does play how can you support the decision to bat him 5th? I know the guys behind him are no better but seriously he should bat 8th if he is in the line-up  

ventura_4
ventura_4

@Steven Matregrano somehting has been wrong for a while, getting shut down by Jackson wouldn't even be a surprise at this point

RockMarz
RockMarz

like if there wasnt anything wrong right now?

nwmets
nwmets

@kefhrny17 What is quadruple A supposed to mean? Triple A is right below the majors, so the next step up is the majors. So you're essentially saying "major league players," so that's a good thing! AAAA is meaningless...

monstah
monstah

@kefhrny17 Grandy and Chris Young are combined for 10 homers and over NINETY strikeouts. Yay!

monstah
monstah

@Steven Matregrano Yeah I get it, but I truly think there are major philosophical differences sometimes on this board. I am one for optimism but if we fans can't VENT here then what's the point? And also, there are a many who don't live in the NY area anymore (like me) so there arent too many Mets fans here so where else can one go to commiserate? And last night was a true CHOKEFEST. But yes, onward and upward but we have to find ways to win the close ones and get some big hits with men in scoring position.

dickeydeep
dickeydeep

@Steven Matregrano Love your positive attitude, i'd like to be there with you but that was an especially demoralizing loss.  Wheelz was dealing and you could feel the 2-1 loss coming from the 3rd inning.  I'm sure I will watch tonight, and I will chant LGM, but it's hard to ignore the obvious holes in the line-up

TheJMan
TheJMan

@jimmybxnyc


can't agree with you here Jimmy... and your micro focus of every mistake he makes has bordered on absurdity -- seriously.. give it a rest already. it's a game where success at the plate is measured by doing something 30% of the time and in the field ... he's been solid for the FAR majority of the balls hit to him over his career -- thousands of balls and he's made great plays, good plays and routine plays for the most part ... everyone has errors but to look at one play and apply it as success on a whole is nonsense already -- he's been a very good major league baseball player and an even more solid Met. 

Is he worth the money? in this day and age, who is? very few. but he's certainly been worth it to this franchise to pencil him in that lineup most every night. 

"Be it Karma or lack of talent" -- seriously dude.. what the hell are you talking about?

TheJMan
TheJMan

@Victor Triguero


a loss like this for this team... usually a prelude to something worse


need to win this today

hankypanky
hankypanky

There are first base and third base coaches that are active in every game.

ken1010
ken1010

@rodd Yes, they all do.  But do you want them to play without a catcher?

Might as well fill the hole with D'Arnaud until someone better comes along.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Wrong name. Try Alderson. Keep thinking about Alderson until it sinks in.ik

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

Let's give somebody else a chance to kill us in the fifth spot.  Put d'Arnaud there. He can't do worse, and it might help him get his bat going.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Can't figure it out yet? Try thinking about Alderson. Now hold that thought until it sinks in.

nncyel
nncyel

@kefhrny17 The lack of baseball IQ is mostly amongst the posters on this blog who were killing Murphy. No outs, ball with a little air underneath it - you want to make damn sure it's not going to be caught. Then when you've hesitated for a moment, you don't want to take a chance to try to score when there are no outs.

stage52
stage52

@kefhrny17  I agree. The Mets can not afford to not score in situations that they can easily. Murphy did not even attempt to pick up Teufel for help on that.

ventura_4
ventura_4

@Steven Matregrano @dickeydeep CY hasn't been a threat in 3 years, there's no reason he should be hitting 5th. 

dickeydeep
dickeydeep

@Steven Matregrano @dickeydeep Right now I'd rather ANYONE there.  Duda, Flores, hell even Tejada.  Even a 40 HR guy only hits one every 4th day or so... a <.200 batter who'd be lucky to hit 11 HR this year CAN'T be batting 5th on this team.

mi
mi

@kefhrny17 i would take either, i just cant watch him stand so far from the plate anymore

anymos
anymos

@Steven Matregrano @semperfi I thought the out he made with the bases loaded yesterday was unfortunate.  He hit a line drive up the middle but the pitcher caught it.

ventura_4
ventura_4

@Steven Matregrano @semperfi They're going down the same road with Tejada and Flores as they did with Duda and Ike. They have to let Flores play, let him know the job is his, and after a season - evaluate. They gave Tejada chance after chance - and he keeps failing. A few good games in the last 2 weeks doesn't change that.

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

@hankypanky wrong...think Wilpons until it sinks in. Everyone else are just doing their jobs. Wilpons got burned on Matsui so thats why we never went after Jose Abreu.

nncyel
nncyel

@stage52 @kefhrny17 No way you are looking at the base coach on that play. You are looking at the trajectory of the ball and the position of the fielders and making a decision on your own.

anymos
anymos

@kefhrny17 This is year 4.  How many draft picks ever make it to the majors inside of 4 years?  We're still working mostly with whatever Omar left behind.  Which is kind of funny that you're complaining about these guys- since there's a lot of people on this board and in the media who want to give him a pat on the back now for Neise, Mejia, Murphy, etc.

ventura_4
ventura_4

@jimmybxnyc @Steven Matregrano I rarely agree with Jimmy, but he's right. Wright is not a superstar. Hasn't been since 2009. He's a great player, and probably a great leader in the clubhouse, but he's replaceable.


Mets should have gone into complete rebuild mode, and traded Reyes and Wright together.  But they wanted a face for this franchise. Well they have that at least. 


And I'm not saying this because of last night, 

anymos
anymos

@Sean Andrew Ingram @hankypanky We didn't go after Abreu because we have no friggin' money!  The GM already told you we can't add payroll until the team starts winning and fans come back.  The owners essentially maxed out their credit cards. There was no way in hell they were going to bring in Abreu to play first- they were actively shopping Ike to get rid of his $3M.  Think back to the offseason and all the names we were 'interested in.'  We lost interest in every one as soon as the market was set and we saw how expensive the good players were.

hankypanky
hankypanky

The Wilpons will never sell the team. All perceptions stem from this simple fact. If you start with the premise that the team will never be sold, then you have to to deal with what there is left. What is left is Alderson. What is left is Young not being sent down or benched for the season. If you can't accept the fact that the Wilpons won't sell the team, then there is no discussion.

stage52
stage52

@kefhrny17  Murphy is about the only player  I can make up a 5 minute reel of all his brain freezes and bad plays he made in the last 10 days. 

anymos
anymos

@kefhrny17 I went into that game with low expectations.  All those innings against the Phillies, then flying out to Chicago late, it had all the warning signs of a sloppy game going in.  I'm surprised we had a late lead to begin with.

rico
rico

@kefhrny17 agreed Kef, Wright has been shouldering the load by himself for the better part of a decade. If anybody think David Wright is THE problem ,that's WOW! Like nuts.

nwmets
nwmets

@Kenneth Meltsner Ha, ha! You must not remember Andres Torres tripping over his own bat on the way to first base...