May 4.10: Chat Room, Game #27 at Reds: Looking for a bat.

The Mets have gone from streaking to sputtering in a matter of days, losing three straight after winning eight in a row. When the Mets speak of consistency, this isn’t what they had in mind.

They’ll try to right themselves tonight in Cincinnati against Bronson Arroyo, who has beaten them in his last four starts. John Maine, coming off a good start against the Dodgers, will go for the Mets. Maine (1-1, 7.15) is 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA in three career starts against the Reds. As far as trends go, this is not a good one.

The Mets’ immediate problem is offense. They have none. They were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position last night, and left runners at least on second in the sixth, seventh and 11th innings. Nobody is consistently hitting with power.

Here’s the line-up for the Mets (14-12) behind Maine:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jose Reyes, SS
Jason Bay, LF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Rod Barajas, C
John Maine, RHP

NOTE: I’ve got my class tonight and won’t be back until 9. See you then.

16 thoughts on “May 4.10: Chat Room, Game #27 at Reds: Looking for a bat.

  1. i think it should be:

    Jose Reyes, SS
    Luis Castillo, 2B
    David Wright, 3B
    Jeff Francoeur, RF
    Jason Bay, LF
    Ike Davis, 1B
    Angel Pagan, CF
    Rod Barajas, C
    John Maine, RHP

  2. (2) Poetry class? Nonsense. He’s hanging out, drinking watered-down beer in the Coco Bongo parking lot.

  3. Nice job by Mejia. I agree with Darling. If they are going to make the switch to the rotation, then do it next spring. They have a chance to be a contender and will need him out of the pen. If he continues to be this effective they don’t want to lose him for a month or two in the minor leagues.-JD

  4. Let’s hope the Mets can take away so Manuel doesn’t use his 12th pitcher because “The Book” says you don’t use your closer unless you have a lead.

  5. Dan (8): I grew up in Cleveland but got the WJR signal and often listened to Ernie. He was a gentleman in all aspects of the word. In my first trip as a young writer to the Detroit clubhouse I got blown off by Kirk Gibson. Ernie saw it and told me not to worry about it. I often visited with him when I covered the Yankees and they played the Tigers. I will never forget that.-JD

  6. A QUICK WRAP/Game #27

    FINAL: Mets 5, Reds 4.
    RECORD: 15-12.
    THUMBNAIL ANALYSIS: The Mets got their second straight strong start from John Maine, and backed with a little offensive support – including Rod Barajas’ homer in the ninth – snapped their three-game losing streak.
    ON THE MOUND: Maine gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. … Jenrry Mejia worked a strong inning in relief. … Fernando Nieve gave up a pair of homers and Francisco Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
    AT THE PLATE: David Wright and Barajas homered. … Jason Bay, Jose Reyes and Jeff Francoeur drove in runs.
    IN THE FIELD: A bad throw by Francoeur allowed a run to score.
    LOOKING AHEAD: Jon Niese starts tomorrow afternoon.-JD

  7. it was a well played game. But it shows that the bullpen is overused.
    Great job by all the mets pulling off the win.
    I must say we have 2 great catchers. its been awhile. Since gary and Piazza, no one really took the mantle.

  8. SteveC

    I am not sure I would go so far as to label them great. I think our catchers are better than we have had recently.

    Certainly Barajas has some pop and seems to get timely hits unlike Schneider.

  9. 15. yeah well considering what we had and now what we have. great is comparative ;-)