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