Inside Mr. Met's Head

June 18, 2009 10:50 PM

Recap: Orioles Beat K-Rod to Win Series

It looked like Livan Hernandez was going to be 6-1. It looked like the Mets would pull within 2 games of the Phillies. It looked like the Mets would have their first series win in June against a team other than the Nationals. But with arguably the best closer in the game on the mound Baltimore found a way to score twice and steal a 5-4 win from New York to take the 3-game series.

The Mets entered the 9th with a 4-3 lead, but K-Rod was in trouble from the get-go. Matt Wieters led the inning off with a double, and then Nick Reimold drew a walk. Brian Roberts laid down a bunt and Omir Santos made the aggressive play throwing to 3rd, but it was a hair too late and the bases were loaded with nobody out.

Frankie walked Adam Jones to force in the tying run, and then after a strikeout Aubrey Huff ripped a single to win it. It is the 1st blown save that falls on K-Rod's shoulders (his other one was Luis Castillo's fault), and it is the 6th loss in 8 games for the Mets.

There were some positives from the game, however. Livan Hernandez pitched another solid game, going 7 innings and allowing just 2 earned runs.

Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran had 2 hits a piece, and Daniel Murphy continued to show signs of busting out of his slump, as his clutch 2 out RBI double in the 7th gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.

MVP: Alex Cora

No one can ever replace Jose Reyes, but Cora is doing about as good of a job as possible. He continues to do all the little things in playing cerebral, and more importantly, winning baseball. Cora worked the count every nearly at-bat, went 2-3, scored 2 runs, stole a huge base in the 7th inning that led to the go-ahead run, and laid down a picture perfect sacrifice bunt in the 9th. If it wasn't for Alex Cora the Mets would be missing number 7 much, much more than they are now.

LVP: Fernando Martinez

I won't get on Frankie Rodriguez since this is his first real bad outing of the year, so let's focus on the kid, who I am not hating on at all. However, it is time for Fernando to head back down to the minors. I really think he is going to be a stud, but not at age 20. With the DH no longer a factor for the 2009 Mets F-Mart should be the odd man out. He showed signs of his potential in his 18 games in the big leagues, but for now he is overmatched. After another 0-4 tonight Martinez should be headed back down to Buffalo. I look forward to hopefully 10-15 years of watching Fernando in blue and orange, but the guy needs to play every day in the minors and stay healthy before he will be an every day Met.

Ulcer Meter: 3 out of 5

I did not want to lose 2 out of 3 to the lowly Orioles, especially with this brutal schedule coming up. It looked good for a while and obviously I felt great going into the 9th with automatic Frankie on the bump. But it wasn't meant to be, and now I must toss and turn in my sleep over this one. This was the series we wanted to win, because there is no light at the end of the tunnel right now.

Rizzi's Random Notes:

- Daniel Murphy is starting to look more and more confortable every day. Keep him in the lineup, and let's see if he gets real hot.

- Ditto for Ryan Church, who I still think can be a .290 hitter with some pop.

- Livan Hernandez has been the best 5th starter the Mets have had in a long time. Of course, he's basically been our 3rd starter for the past month, but still...

- Luis Castillo has played excellent defense since the infamous "drop heard round the world," but it is still not even close to a consolation.

- David Wright's ability to hit .355 and strike out twice a game is astonishing.

- The Mets are two games over .500, and now have the Rays, Cardinals, Yankees, Brewers, Phillies, and Dodgers coming up. It will be tough to be over .500 after this stretch....yikes!

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