Monday, May 10, 2010

Maine Good, Offense Bad in Clutch as Mets Fall to Nats 3-2

Tonight Maine was good again, but the offense didn't show up when it mattered and the Mets fell to the Nats in the first game of the series 3-2 (box score).

The Mets were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position, and didn't give Maine much run support as the rookie Luis Atilano and five other National pitchers kept the Mets off balance when it matters most.  Tonight the Mets offense had 12 hits, but was only able to muster two runs.  One was on a two out single from the Mets second baseman, and the other was a ninth inning bomb off the bat of Angel Pagan.

Also of note, Reyes was tossed for arguing balls and strikes, as was Jerry.  I think the Mets should take the ump's lead and toss Jerry out of his office...Oh, and they should get a real bench too while they're at it.  GMJ and Catalanotto stink.  I'm sorry, they're terrible.  Also, I know Bay has done it before in Boston, but he has been anti-clutch so far this season and it's starting to get really tough to watch him hit in clutch situations with EVERYONE waiting for his defining Mets moment.

On a more positive note, John Maine had his third consecutive good start.  Tonight he allowed 7 hits over 6 innings, but only 2 runs (both solo homers) and managed to strike out five.  Takahashi threw a scoreless inning in the seventh in relief of Maine.  Unfortunately, Feliciano had a rough outing allowing a run in a third of an inning allowing the Nats to stretch out their lead to 3-1.  But Mejia then came in to relieve Feliciano and shut the door for the remaining inning and 2/3.

Well, it's just one game, so the Mets need to regroup and win the next two games to take the series.  Tomorrow it will be Niese on the hill for the Mets and Olsen for the Nats.  Game is at 7:10 on SNY.

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