Metszilla.comCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2010

he Mets lost 6-5 in devastating fashion to the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon wasting a brilliant performance from starter R.A. Dickey. The loss marked a remarkable 10th time this season the Mets have been beaten in walk-off fashion (3rd on this current road trip).  With all the attention on Nats phenom Stephen Strasburg it was New York's R.A. who was phenomenal.  Dickey threw 7 innings giving up 6 hits and 2 unearned runs, but his efforts were rewarded with a no decision as closer Fransisco Rodriguez blew his 4th save of the season. Manager Jerry Manuel summed it best by simple stating:

Anytime you have a lead late and you have your guy in there you expect to win."

The Mets  R.A. is now sporting a staff leading 2.62 ERA rebounding from a sub-par last outing in which he allowed 5 ER in 5 IP. If Charlie Manuel is truly going by first half #'s alone then there is no question which starter from this game should be called upon to help represent the NL in the 2010 All-Star game. Dickey has to be taken seriously as he simply out pitched Strasburg who endured his shortest outing of the season (5 IP, 2 ER, 96 pitches).

In the bottom of the 6th inning, with a 2-0 lead, young Ruben Tejada made an error on a Ryan Zimmerman grounder that would open the gates to a 2-run Nats inning.  It's easy to cut the 20-year old slack after his brilliant play to end the game last night and his lack of MLB experience at short (Tejada is filling in for an injured Jose Reyes).  With the game tied and momentum somewhat in Washington's favor the Mets quickly responded with 3 runs of their own in the top of the 7th inning.  A suddenly...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.metszilla.com/?p=3691