Mets bats go limp against Pineiro, Cards

Posted: June 23, 2009 in Odds and Sods
The Mets always bring out the best in us fans...

The Mets always bring out the best in us fans...

I honestly can’t remember the last time the Mets won two in a row. It’s been quite awhile, that’s for sure. All the good vibes from last night’s win pretty much vanished against Joel Pineiro and the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.
To put it bluntly, the Mets can’t hit this guy. Period. He dominated them in April, he tossed a shutout against them during the September 2007 collapse and tonight may have been his best performance against the Mets yet.
He tossed a two-hitter, singles by Luis Castillo in the third and a pinch-hit single by Jeremy Reed in the ninth. With a sinking fastball that barely touched 90, Pineiro just kept throwing groundball after groundball. Got ahead of hitters and made them swing the bats, never with any authority. He had thrown 37 pitches through 4 innings as the Mets kept swinging early in the count.
Sometimes you have to give a tip of the cap to the pitcher, and tonight was one of those nights. There were a few positives for the Metropolitans, both on the pitching side.
Livan Hernandez fell to 5-2, both losses coming to the Cardinals. But unlike his start against them in April where he was absolutely torched, Hernandez did a good job of keeping the Mets in this one. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on eight hits, walking three and striking out three. It was a 1-0 game into the seventh, but Albert Pujols delivered like he always does, hitting a two-run single to provide Pineiro with a cushion he didn’t actually need.
Elmer Dessens, who was pitching extremely well at Triple-A, worked two perfect innings in relief. I still think this guy sucks (see career stats for proof). I told my sports editor that if Elmer Dessens ever saw time with the Mets this season, something went drastically wrong. Well things have gone drastically wrong, I can’t see this team staying afloat much longer. They’re now 35-34. Phillies drilled the Rays tonight and the annoying pesky wish they were contracted Marlins stand just a half-game back of the Mets for second. And the Braves have posted back to back shutouts. Fourth place, here we come……

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