Last night the Mets reached their boiling point in a brutal 13 inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Jonathan Niese pitched brilliantly, but the Mets managed to score only one unearned run of support for the lefty. Despite having the winning run in scoring position in the 9th, 10th and 11th innings, the Mets were unable to capitalize. The Brewers scored four runs off Carlos Torres in the 13th inning and won the game 5-1.
Yesterday’s performance was a microcosm of the Mets season; long, frustrating and unsatisfying. In their eighth 4 hour long game of the season (most in the majors), the Mets had numerous opportunities to win the game and did not. With injuries mounting, the Mets sent out a makeshift lineup that mustered only 6 hits over thirteen innings. Of the hitters that batted 4-9 for the Mets last night, only one has a batting average above .230. That player is Wilmer Flores who is hitting at a .231 clip.
It is obvious that frustration is beginning to mount for the hapless Mets. After striking out to strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, Anthony Recker had a few loud choice words for home plate umpire Angel Hernandez that were easily heard in an empty Citi Field. Recker snapped his bat over his knee a la Bo Jackson before heading to the clubhouse, marking the most impressive thing any Met did with their bat all evening.
After a great 12th inning, Carlos Torres allowed 4 runs in the top of the 13th to blow the game open. Cursing to himself as he left the mound, Torres was later caught on camera literally punching himself in the head.
Right now the Mets are playing some terrible, boring baseball. The number of men that they leave in scoring position is staggering and unacceptable. The Mets have so many Triple-A hitters in their lineup these days that it really shouldn’t come as any surprise. That is what happens when you refuse to spend any money.
The beleaguered Mets will play the equally anemic San Diego Padres in a three game series starting tonight at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31 ERA) takes on Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13 ERA) at 7:10 pm.