Well, yesterday’s doubleheader was just about as ugly as the drizzly, overcast weather that hovered over Citi Field. In an effort to keep his regular starting staff on regular rest, Terry Collins decided to insert long reliever Miguel Batista as a spot starter for the 4:10pm game and keep Dillon Gee on the back burner until the night cap. However, yesterday was a day that was marred with plenty of poor pitching and fielding that led to the Mets getting swept by San Francisco, dropping the series and evening their overall record to 8-8.
In game one, the Met offense was faced with the task of facing Tim Lincecum, who surprisingly had an ERA that was approaching 11.00 after his first two starts of the season, but he got himself back on track against New York. He only pitched five innings, but struck out eight, gave up one run on four hits and five walks. Batista struggled through 3.2 innings on a day when Collins would have
loved to see him get to the fifth or sixth, surrendering seven hits and three walks, included two home runs that built a lead the Mets would not be able to come back from. After Batista’s exit, the bullpen kept the Giant bats silent, with the highlight being freshly called up Jeremy Hefner, who made his MLB debut a memorable one by tossing three shutout innings. Captain Kirk and Daniel Murphy kept their hot streaks going with two hits a piece and Lucas Duda drew three walks, but that was it from the offensive side of the ball. What put the game away early was the Nate Schierholtz three-run home run, a rally started by an Ike Davis fielding error with two outs and nobody on base.
In game two, Collins was hoping Gee would be able to provide the Mets with some effective innings in order to save the bullpen for the rest of the week ahead. Gee did supply the innings (6.2), but not effective ones, as he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits, ballooning his ERA to 5.21. Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell both made their second appearances in about six hours as they again kept the bats silent after all the damage was done off of the starter. Gee gave up a pair of two-run home runs, one to Pablo Sandoval in the first inning to immediately put New York in a hole, then in the seventh to Hector Sanchez. A lot of Collins’ regulars were not in the second game of the double dip, and it showed as the offense was only able to muster six hits.
Now that David Wright has come back to Earth and hasn’t gotten a hit in the past three games, the struggles of Ike Davis, Jason Bay, and Lucas Duda are now shining brighter than ever. Davis didn’t even start the second game, yet he managed to pinch hit and strike out for the 19th time this season, the 10th-highest total in the MLB. Duda came alive a bit in his two at-bats in the night cap, recording two hits, but he’s still struggling overall. Bay is on an eight-game hitting streak, but you’d never know it with his .240 batting average. We all knew Wright wasn’t going to hit .500 all year, and the guys behind him need to pick up the slack when he’s not on a hot streak.
Probable Pitchers tonight:
The Mets must wipe their slate clean because they start an important series tonight with the Miami Marlins. It features a premiere pitching match-up between Johan Santana and Josh Johnson, but the return of Jose Reyes will steal the show. The fan reaction will be mixed at best, but the Mets plan on showing a short video to acknowledge the shortstop’s nine years in New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.