The Mets and Giants played game 3 of their 4-game series Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets were looking to capitalize on their stirring victory Saturday night, and go up 2 games to 1 in the series. Bartolo Colon took the mound for New York, against the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner. On this day, Colon simply did not have his good stuff, and the Giants hit him around with relative ease. Meanwhile, the Mets had no answer for Bumgarner, who coasted to his 13th win on the season.
- The Giants opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd inning on a two-run home run by Hunter Pence. Pence hit a line drive off the railing the separates the padded wall from the Party City deck.
- In the top of the 4th, Brandon Belt homered to right to put San Francisco up 3-0.
- The wheels came off for Colon in the top of the 5th, when the Giants plated 3 more runs. Pence doubled in Bumgarner, Buster Posey doubled in Pence, and Pablo Sandoval singled in Posey. The Giants led 6-0 after 4 1/2 innings.
- Carlos Torres was pitching in the 7th when Posey added a two-run home run, making the score 8-0.
- Pence hit a solo home run in the 9th off Dana Eveland.
- The Mets had just 2 hits on the day, a double by Wilmer Flores and a single by David Wright.
The Mets’ lineup today was curious, if not bad. The starting lineup was Granderson-Tejada-Wright-Campbell-C. Young- Lagares-Flores-Recker-Colon. While it certainly makes sense to rest players while in a stretch of 20 games in a row, resting Duda, Murphy, and d’Arnaud on the same day weakens the lineup considerably. While Bumgarner is a tough lefty, one has to wonder if today’s lineup put the Mets in a position to win the game.
Chris Young continues to struggle badly. He was swinging at everything today, and looked virtually lost at the plate. With both Chris Young and Bobby Abreu in deep slumps, one has to wonder if roster moves are coming (Matt den Dekker is very hot in Triple A).
The Mets knew what they were doing when the signed Colon. They gave a two-year deal to an aging pitcher. That contract seems to be an impediment to moving Colon. While Colon has had some very good starts, he has not been close to the pitcher who went 18-6 with Oakland last year. This should not be a surprise coming from a 41-year-old. His ERA now stands at 4.12.