Maybe it was a make-up call from the Baseball Gods after last week’s balk-off loss, but the Mets caught a break last night when Justin Turner made no effort to avoid being hit by a pitch, and, in fact, appeared to lead into the ball. He admitted he took one for the team.
By rule, he should have been out.
Although his record doesn’t show it, R.A. Dickey has pitched better lately. Opponents tagged him for a .308 average in April, but are hitting just .183 in June. He lost another victory last night when Francisco Rodriguez coughed up his second straight save opportunity. Rodriguez has given up 11 earned runs in his last 11 appearances, calling his performance “pathetic.”
The word also applies to Jason Bay, who went 0-for-5 with three more strikeouts, and today has been moved out of the cleanup spot.
Here’s today’s lineup against Oakland:
Jose Reyes, SS
Justin Turner, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Josh Thole, C
Chris Capuano, LP
Flashback to last week and that crushing loss in Atlanta when Francisco Rodriguez coughed up the lead in the ninth and D.J. Carrasco balked in the winning run?
DICKEY: Tries to break Mets' slide tonight.
Well, of course you do. Evidently, so do the Mets, who have lost three of four since. It was suggested at the time how important it was for the Mets to rebound and but the loss behind them.
Obviously, they haven’t.
R.A. Dickey goes tonight for the Mets. Last season’s surprise is floundering at 3-7. Sure, he’s lost a few he could have won, but he’s been inconsistent with command of his knuckleball, a hard pitch to control to begin with.
Dickey gave up six runs in his previous start, last Thursday at Atlanta, a game in which the Mets rallied to take the lead, but blew it in the late innings.
Cooling off is Jose Reyes, who is on a 2-for-19 slide during this stretch of interleague play. Not surprising, the only game in which he got a hit the Mets won.
However, Jason Bay might be warming up, going 10-for-24 over the past six games, including a homer and triple last night.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Ike Davis is expected back in two weeks.
That was mid-May.
DAVIS: News not good.
The news isn’t good for Davis, whom GM Sandy Alderson said could require season-ending surgery after a MRI today revealed cartilage damage along with the bone bruise.
Davis had been wearing a protective boot, and the hope is the blood flow in his leg will improve enough to allow him to start running in three weeks. If he can’t, then he’ll undergo surgery.
Davis told ESPN: “Obviously surgery is an athlete’s nightmare, but I’ve had one surgery on my wrist and it worked out really well and it came back better than I was before.
“If it’s going to get me on the field again, obviously that’s something we have to do. But, obviously, we’re going to get a second opinion and see if everything coincides with everything everyone says, and hopefully in three weeks I’m starting to run again.’’
Well, we certainly didn’t expect it would last forever for Dillon Gee. It was clear from the outset he didn’t have it last night. It is also clear there’s plenty of upside with Gee.
R.A. Dickey, however, remains a question. He hasn’t pitched with the consistency he did last season. He goes tonight against Oakland.
Here’s the lineup:
Jose Reyes, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Scott Hairston, CF
Ronny Paulino, C
Lucas Duda, 1B
Ruben Tejada, 2B
R.A. Dickey, RP
At first glance, I wonder about Bay hitting clean-up again. He did have a good night yesterday, but one night doesn’t turn it around.
However, I look at the roster and can’t think of anybody else other than Carlos Beltran who could hit fourth now, but he’s been comfortable batting third.
Bay said he used his legs more to drive the ball, where previously he’d been mostly arms. Who knows? That could be as good a reason as any for his poor season.
If the Mets are to be competitive this year, they need Bay to produce. Last night was a good sign, and we’ve seen too few of them this season.
I’ve added a poll on what the Mets should do with Carlos Beltran. Your votes and comments would be greatly appreciated.
1. Keep him and make a long-shot run at the postseason, even if it means not receiving any draft picks when he inevitably signs elsewhere as a free agent?
2. Trade him for whatever they can get and save some salary, even if that’s a white flag on the season?
3. And, the long shot of the all, re-sign him to an extension now. Figuring his agent is Scott Boras, he’ll probably ask for three years.