I entitled my preview of this series “Winning The Games You Are Supposed To Win” for a reason. The Mets were expected to take at least three of four from the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates team. They didn’t listen and, instead, were swept in a rain-shortened three game set.
The sweep was completed today with an 11-6 win for the Pirates at PNC Park in the debut of their prized prospect Andrew McCutchen.
Jason Jaramillo led the way for the Pirates with four RBIs and McCutchen went 2-for-4 with his first career RBI in the bottom of the seventh.
For the Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, it was one of the worst outings of his career. 3 2/3 innings, 9 hits and 9 runs (8 earned). He wasn’t sharp early, giving up six hits and four runs in his first inning of work. He seemed to settle down a bit over the next two, but, was rocked in the fourth for another four runs and his day was over quickly.
Initially, it looked like the Mets had brought the offensive fire power with them today, striking for three in the top of the second. Danny Murphy and Luis Castillo brought contributed RBI-singles while Alex Cora also doubled in a run.
They even had Gary Sheffield up with the bases loaded and two out, but he grounded back to the box and was thrown out by Ross Ohlendorf.
Ohlendorf was not exactly unhittable for the Pirates, but he was good enough to hold the Mets off. It was reliever Steven Jackson, with two shut out innings, who would score his first career decision and win.
Carlos Beltran doubled and homered in his return to the lineup after being hit with a stomach virus.
Six different Mets contributed RBIs in this game, but it was the pitching staff that could not hold up their end.
Although Sean Green came in and stabilized the middle innings, J.J. Putz, once again, was touched up for a couple of runs ballooning his ERA to 5.22. Although a comeback seemed unlikely, those two runs really put the icing on the cake for Pittsburgh and buried the Mets.
Putz does not look comfortable at all right now and it doesn’t appear fixing his mechanics has solved all of J.J.’s problems.
The Mets will try to regroup from this disappointing series and head to National Park in Washington, where, at press time, Randy Johnson is pitching for his 300th win.
The Mets have dominated the Nationals this year and it is safe to say they’ll need to bounce back and continue their great play over Washington.
Mark Krulish is a contributor to HowBoutThemMets.com and can be reached at email@example.com