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Mets lose again as bats stay silent

The 2012 Mets are running out of plots.

R.A. Dickey (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

R.A. Dickey tried again to win his 16th game of the season Monday night. The deck was stacked in his favor: the Colorado Rockies aren’t very good to begin with and injuries forced them to field a lineup you might expect to find at a split-squad spring training game.

Dickey pitched well, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks over seven innings. And he got a no-decision as the Mets lost 3-1.

The Mets hitters did virtually nothing after scoring a first-inning run off of feared Colorado Rockies starter Alex White.

Reliever Josh Edgin allowed the Rockies to take a 2-1 lead, in large part due to his own poor fielding. Jonathan Herrera bunted for a leadoff hit, and Edgin made an ill-advised glove-hand shovel pass attempt that Ike Davis couldn’t handle that let Herrera go to second. Chris Nelson sacrificed him to third, but it looked like Edgin would have had a play on the lead runner if he had reacted more quickly. And the go-ahead run scored when Kelly Shoppach committed a passed ball. (I’m beginning to see why my friend Bart, a diehard Red Sox fan, was so happy to see Shoppach move out of town.)

Jon Rauch gave up an insurance run, and the Mets hitters wasted their own chances against the Colorado bullpen.

With the bases loaded and two out in the eighth, Jordany Valdespin had a chance to tie the game on an infield hit. Matt Belisle just beat him to the the first base bag… because Valdespin opted to slide. If he had run through the bag, maybe he would have been safe. (And if Terry Collins weren’t so obsessed with lefty-righty matchups, maybe he would have stuck with Scott Hairston, the better hitter.)

The Mets again got the tying run on base in the ninth inning with two out, but Mike Baxter couldn’t deliver.

Johan Santana (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

And none of that even qualifies as the most frustrating part of the evening.

No, that distinction goes to Sandy Alderson, Collins and Johan Santana. Before the game, they announced that Santana would make his next scheduled start on Thursday and would likely remain in the rotation until at least September 1st to give him a chance to “finish the season on a high note.”

After the game, Collins told the media that Santana would have an MRI because his back stiffened up after his bullpen session.

Didn’t we go through enough of this kind of stuff in 2009? Is it that big of a deal to admit it if Santana is injured?

There are 40 more games left in the season, but the 2012 Mets have just about worn out their welcome.