Post Game: Marlins 2, Mets 1

The Mets (18-17) lost to the Marlins (17-18) by the score of 2-1 tonight at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

For a full recap and box score, check out here.

The Least You Should Know:

  • This was a classic pitchers duel, as both Johan Santana and Josh Johnson were crisp and dominant through seven innings as each allowed one run and neither starter walked a batter.
  • The Mets lone run came on a Rod Barajas RBI single in the second inning.
  • The Mets had a big opportunity to take the lead in the top of the ninth against Vladimir Nunez when Luis Castillo reached second base on a single and a throwing error to Brian Barden but Jose Reyes failed to get a bunt down, Jason Bay grounded out to Wes Helms at third base, and David Wright struck out.
  • In the bottom of the ninth, Fernando Nieve walked Cody Ross and then Ronny Paulino lined a broken bat single the other way, and with one out and runners at first and third, Nieve threw a wild pitch at Dan Uggla’s feet which scored Ross and ended the game.
  • David Wright now has 46 strikeouts on the year with his two tonight.

…this is a frustrating loss, because the Mets got such an awesome performance from Santana…his changeup had such great movement, and the Marlins really had very few opportunities against him all night…

…i’m a huge Jeff Francoeur fan, but at this point, things are flat out ugly for him…he doesn’t even give himself a chance to bust out of this slump because he swings at everything, whether it’s in or out of the strikezone, and before you know it, he’s out of the at bat…

…the Mets had a huge chance in the ninth with Castillo at second base…i have mixed feelings on having Jose Reyes bunt in that spot…on the one hand, he isn’t hitting a lick, so a productive out is worth a try, but then again, he is the number three hitter, and as the number three hitter, his job is to try and drive the ball, and advance the runner that way…of course, i think any major leaguer should be able to drop down a bunt and neither Jason Bay or David Wright were productive in that spot either…it bothers me when they have an opportunity to score, with their 3-4-5 hitters up no less, without needing a hit, and they failed on all fronts there, and that song is getting old already this year…

…either way, i think having Reyes in the third spot in the lineup is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole…he is, and always will be best suited as a leadoff man, in front of a guy who can set the table for a number three hitter…i think he could bat second, but right now, i think Jerry Manuel is trying to get something out of him which he can’t produce…

Up Next:

The Mets will look to even their series against the Marlins tomorrow night in Miami, with Oliver Perez facing Anibal Sanchez.