Saturday, June 11, 2011

Post Game: Mets Fall To Bucs 3-2

The New York Mets fell to two games under .500 tonight after losing a tough game to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.

R.A Dickey(3-7, 3.98) pitched a complete game, allowing 3 runs and 8 hits in his 8 innings of work. In the bottom of the 4th inning Andrew McCutchen hit a sharp line drive to Daniel Murphy that was misplayed and rolled into no mans land in left field, allowing 2 runs to score. This would end up being the difference as the Mets couldn't capitalize on offense, going 2-11 with runners in scoring position.

Jason Bay returned to Pittsburgh and snapped an 0-24 drought with a bloop single early on in the game. Despite the hit Bay didn't manage much more and his average has dipped to .208 on the year. The mighty struggles of Jason Bay are both confusing and frustrating at this stage and it's hard to justify keeping Bay batting high in the order, especially with Lucas Duda now seeing the ball much better.

Duda went 1-4 tonight with a double down the right field line that came close to tying the game but a strong play off the wall by Xavier Paul prevented Angel Pagan from scoring from 1st. Duda has looked like a different hitter since being called up yesterday, being aggressive early in the count and hitting line drives.

The Mets offense came from a Daniel Murphy fielder's choice in the top of the 1st to give the Mets an early lead and a RBI single from Carlos Beltran to pull the Mets within 1. It was more of the same--failing to capitalize in big situations--that cost the Mets tonight.

Jose Reyes had yet another multi-hit night, going 2-5 while maintaining a healthy .341 average, leading all the major leagues.

The New York Mets will try to at least ensure a series split tomorrow as they'll take on the Bucs at 1:35 PM. Chris Capuano(4-6, 4.86 ERA) will look for his 5th win against Kevin Correia(8-4, 3.64 ERA), who pitched 6 innings against the Mets on June 1st and picked up a win.