— Days Without Shea —

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by Kingman on September 18 at 10:47PM

Maine3406First the good news: The Mets didn’t commit any errors tonight.

And that concludes tonight’s good news.

The Mets blew two 4–run leads and lost 9–8 to the Washington Nationals Tuesday night.

It was the Met’s 5th loss in a row, a season high. The Nationals, who have scored the least runs in the NL, have plated 21 runs in the first two games of this series.

John Maine was terrible and had another mental charlie horse in the middle innings. He gave up 5 runs tonight in the 5th, and 8 overall after being spotted a 4–0 lead in the first and a 7–3 lead by the 4th.

The 5th inning is clearly when Maine goes to sleep…or starts thinking too much. So far this year, he has given up 19 runs in the 5th inning and only made it to the 6th 21 times in 29 starts. Opposing teams have a .529 slugging percentage against him in the 5th (compared to .330 in the first, his best inning).

It’s hard to argue with 8 runs and 16 hits. This team has simply lost its pitching. Tomorrow night, Mike Pelfrey is expected to break the losing spell in what might be the biggest game of his young career. Other thoughts:

* Jose Reyes went 0–4 and has not had a hit this whole series.

* The 1–2 hitters went 1–8 tonight.

* Our cleanup hitter went 1–5, and struck out his last three at-bats (so much for not arguing with 8 runs, 16 hits).

* Wright seemed to be playing with some fire. Those MVP chants may just have some validity.

* Shawn Green got 3 more hits and is 5 away from 2,000 career hits.

* Mosies Alou extended his hitting streak to 22 games. He also left the game with tightness in his left quad – the same muscle that put him on the DL for most of the season. If his injury is serious, tonight’s loss is even more ominous.



[September 19, 2007 12:26 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

I think Jimmy Rollins is the MVP. He's got a good shot at 30/30, 135 runs, 100 RBIs out of the lead-off spot.

It'll probably come down to who wins the East, but Rollins gets my vote right now.

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