Inside Mr. Met's Head

July 8, 2009 12:00 AM

Recap: Mets Outclassed in Loss to NL Best Dodgers

The Dodgers beat the Mets 8-0 at Citi Field Tuesday night to hand the Amazins their 4th straight loss and 9th in their last 11 games. Clayton Kershaw got the win by throwing 6 shutout innings, and Mike Pelfrey falls to 6-4 taking the loss.

Pelf went only 3-plus innings, allowed 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned), and walked 3 despite pitching with good stuff. But a bases loaded walk to Orlando Hudson and a blooped 2-run broken bat hit by Manny Ramirez helped send Big Pelf to the showers down 5-0.

With the way the Mets offense is playing now that was basically the ball game. The team managed only 4 hits, and once again did not manage anything more than a single. They have now trailed in 35 of their last 36 innings, and the only one they did not trail was the 1st inning tonight which ended with a 0-0 score.

The Mets are now 39-43 and 4 games under .500 for the 1st time all year. They remain 4.5 games behind 1st place Philadelphia.

MVP: Orlando Hudson

The Mets could have had the Dodgers All-Star 2nd baseman for a couple million dollars. Hudson even publicly admitted he wanted to play with the Amazins! Instead they passed, and Los Angeles is reaping the benefits. Hudson is just a very good overall player who hustles, plays solid defense, can hit for average, and gets clutch RBI's. The O-Dog went 2-5 with 2 RBI tonight, was involved in a couple double plays defensively, and helped lead the Dodgers to an MLB high 53rd win.

LVP: Luis Castillo

After letting Hudson go to LA the Mets were stuck with the 32 million dollar mistake known as Luis Castillo, and tonight Castillo continued to be an absolute bust. Luis went 1-4 with an infield single tonight, got thrown out at 3rd base after his lone hit, and made a terrible error in the field. He is still stuck on 0 homeruns and 16 RBI in 235 at bats, and is on pace to collect a mere 21 extra base-hits all year. By the way Hudson is hitting .290 with 5 homers, 43 RBI, and 49 runs...better than Castillo in every category.

Ulcer Meter: 3 out of 5

This one was pretty much over by 7:45, but it still hurts a lot because it clearly displayed just how much better LA is in every facet of the game. They don't hit too many homeruns either (only 64), but they do everything right. They are 1st in the league in team batting average, 3rd in runs scored, 2nd in ERA, 2nd in runs allowed, 2nd in strikeouts by pitchers, and 2nd in steals. Throw in the fact that they have a Hall of Fame manager, a great coaching staff, a lineup full of young, athletic, hungry hitters from top to bottom with a few veteran studs in the middle... namely one of the greatest hitters of all time in Manny Ramirez, and it makes it quite depressing to watch the New York Mets send Nick Evans, Omir Santos, Fernando Tatis, and Luis Castillo to the plate night in and night out. This has been a disaster of a first half, no doubt about it...

Rizzi's Random Rants:

- The Mets have now gone 22 consecutive innings without a run, and 3 straight games without an extra base-hit. Winning is literally impossible with struggles of that level. Frankly, its embarrassing.

- It was very interesting to listen to Kevin Burkhardt interview Gene Stephenson, the Wichita State baseball manager and Mike Pelfrey's college skipper. Stephenson came off sounding disappointed in Pelfrey's performance so far in his career, and said he thought Pelf would be much more of a "dominant strikeout pitcher." I personally feel like Pelfrey is slowly chugging forward towards a very good career, but his college coach clearly thought he'd be further along at this point, and he knows a lot more about Mike than I do. I mean, he has 1653 wins at the collegiate level, and I have zero.

- Comparing Clayton Kershaw to Sandy Koufax was dumb of Joe Torre... but this kid sure can pitch. What a nasty yellow hammer.

- Matt Kemp showed a great arm in center in the 3rd inning when he gunned out Luis Castillo trying to go first to third on a one out hit by Alex Cora. Why can't we have a young 5 tool player like that hitting in our 8-hole?

- If Luis Castillo is going to supply no power whatsoever, barely hit .270, and drive in a run every week and a half then having 6 errors already is simply unacceptable.

- David Wright stinks right now.

- Tomorrow night I will be at Citi Field, and the Mets are 6-0 this year with me in attendance, Maybe that stat will continue and help save this drowning franchise...

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