Game 154 Recap: Mets Lose Tough One to Cards, 11-6

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Even if the Mets wanted to be a .500 team, it is now statistically impossible in 2011. Despite a 5-5 tie going into the seventh inning, the game dramatically took a turn for the worse during the bottom of the inning. The Cardinals exploded for six runs. Mind you, this all happened with two outs.

After getting Rafael Furcal and Allen Craig out, Josh Stinson couldn’t continue the trend. He surrendered a single to Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman, and then walked David Freese. Now the pitcher’s spot in the lineup, the Cardinals pinch-hit with left-handed hitter Daniel Descalso. Having filled the bases, the Mets went to lefty-specialist Tim Byrdak to face Descalso. However, given the now favorable match-up for the Mets, the Cards once again pinch-hit, using right-handed Ryan Theriot instead. This was a game-changing decision.

Keep in mind, Byrdak is a completely different pitcher versus lefties (.208/.260/.323) than he is against righties (.279/.439/.419). Granted, while Ryan Theriot isn’t exactly Babe Ruth, he does own a career .299/.373/.396 versus left-handed pitching. With the bases juiced and with a productive right-handed  hitter at-bat, Tim Byrdak was not the correct pitcher to use.

As stats would suggest, Byrdak did not succeed in this situation. He gave-up a costly two-RBI double to Theriot, and then intentionally walked Yadier Molina. Terry Collins pulled Byrdak for D.J. Carrasco, who did not stop the bleeding. Carrasco immediately surrendered a three-RBI triple to Adron Chambers, and then a RBI-single to Nick Punto. And just like that, the Cardinals had scored six runs, and took the game.

The Mets never really deserved to win the game, as starter Mike Pelfrey hurled six unspectacular, yet very Pelfrey-esq innings. Big Pelf got knocked around for ten hits, five earned-runs, zero walks, and two strikeouts in the contest. And while Mets hitters racked-up ten hits, only two were extra-base worthy (doubles by Lucas Duda and Pelfrey).

At 73-81, the Mets have no chance at .500, but then again, few thought they would at beginning of the season.