Marlins 3, Mets 1

Posted: April 8, 2010 in Mets

The Mets lost their first series of the season, falling 3-1 to the Florida Marlins at Citi Field tonight.
Nate Robertson, Burke Badenhop and Leo Nunez combined for a seven-hitter, as the Mets managed just one extra-base hit, a fourth-inning RBI double by Jeff Francoeur. After imploding the night before, the Marlins bullpen did the job tonight with four innings of one-hit ball.
Jon Niese was pretty effective tonight, allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three, and although he was in constant trouble, he did a nice job of minimizing the damage. The Mets’ pen put up a strong performance tonight, but the lack of offense did the team in.
With the Mets’ starting pitching riddled with question marks outside of Johan Santana and the bullpen also a mystery, it is imperative the Mets win these types of games. They got a solid pitching effort tonight, and David Wright and company should be able to do more against the great Nate Robertson and Burke Badenhop.
And in the ninth, the Mets had terrible ABs against Leo Nunez. Down two runs, Fernando Tatis swung at the first pitch and flied out to deep left-center. Nunez was wild the night before, you’ve got to make him throw some pitches. Rod Barajas got ahead of the count 3-1 and instead of taking a strike, swung and flew out to left. Then Gary Matthews Jr. (who in no way should be starting more than Angel Pagan) fanned on four pitches to end it.
I know, it’s very early in the season, but this team needs to start off strong to erase the embarassment of last season. The Nats come in to town for three games, and the Mets should see the return of Jose Reyes to the lineup. Needless to say, I’m excited about that. Jose makes this team go, and to tell you the truth, I would love to see Reyes and Pagan at the top of the Mets lineup, with Slappy Castillo batting eighth. Or if they keep Castillo batting second, move Bay to cleanup, Pagan to fifth or sixth and have Jacobs down in the seventh spot. He can’t be batting cleanup anymore. He’s got a black hole in his swing. He connects every once in awhile, but most of the time, the results aren’t pretty. Meanwhile, on the farm, Ike Davis was 3-for-3 in his AAA debut the last time I checked. Help is on the way….

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