The Mets have had more than their fair share of gut-wrenching defeats this season.
There was the balk-off loss at Atlanta. The back-to-back games where they tied it in the ninth only to lose. But, yesterday’s meltdown to Milwaukee stung like vinegar on a cut.
Down six to tie, then lose. It doesn’t get any more frustrating. When the first two runners reached against Jason Isringhausen you had to know bad things were coming.
You can’t blame this on youth, because the late-inning damage was done against a veteran. Even so, as in most losses there were things that stood out, such as all the walks from Chris Capuano and the inability to hit in the clutch.
There’s only so many times you can talk about heart and grit, and the Mets have those qualities. Unfortunately, over the course of a long season, talent carries more weight.
After a surge that carried them over the .500 mark and even brought wild-card fantasies, the Mets find themselves five games under this afternoon with the R.A. Dickey called upon to stop the bleeding. Last season’s surprise, Dickey has a respectable ERA, but a lack of support has him at 5-11 and a loser in three of his last four decisions.
Today’s lineup will feature:
Angel Pagan, CF
Justin Turner, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Lucas Duda, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Josh Thole, C
Jason Pridie, RF
Ruben Tejada, SS
R.A. Dickey, RP
After today, the Mets have back-to-back series against Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Meanwhile, Jose Reyes continues to rehab his tender left hamstring. Reyes ran to first this morning without difficulty and said he’ll run the bases with more intensity this week and play in a rehab game, perhaps at Buffalo.