The hype and the hope of yesterday’s “most important day in Mets history” is over and we’re back to the same brand of Mets baseball we’ve become accustomed to this year.
Shaun Marcum earned his 9th loss of the season, joining Anthony Young and Bob Miller as the only Mets’ pitchers to start a season with an 0-9 record.
And unlike a few of his losses, Marcum did earn this one. Five earned runs on six hits and four walks, capped by a three-run homer to Chris Johnson, in less than five innings. If the Mets keep him in the rotation at the expense of Dillon Gee or Jeremy Hefner, it can only mean that Sandy Alderson is unwilling to admit a mistake or is more focused on contract value than performance.
The Mets managed just six hits off of Kris Medlen, and none at all off of the Braves’ bullpen. And if not for Medlen’s fifth inning throwing error, it’s conceivable that the Mets might not have scored at all.
And perhaps the most frustrating part is seeing the Braves and realizing that they’re not particularly good for a first place team. Even against mediocre Mets pitching, they struck out 11 times and they made a variety of sloppy plays. A good team should knock them out of the playoffs easily if they don’t improve.
If only the Mets had a little more talent to go with David Wright and their young pitchers….
After all, it was sure nice to see this: