Tough loss at CitiField Wednesday night, but I give the Mets a lot of credit for coming back from a 6-1 deficit to tie it up, even though the Marlins were largely the cause.

Tonight, we finally got to see someone other than Santana start for the Mets. John Maine had a lot of trouble in a no decision.

3 reason’s for Maine’s poor outing:

1. Trouble locating his pitches

2. His “up-the-zone” fastball wasn’t getting swings and misses

3. Kept getting behind in the count

Interesting statistic: Maine’s K/9 last 3 seasons

Year 2007 2008 2009
K/9 8.5 7.8 6.1

The decreased K/9 shows that he’s been less successful at finishing batters as of recently. Throughout the game, Maine was getting behind 2-0, 3-1, which allowed for some hard hits off of him. For success, Maine must get ahead of hitters, locate his pitches very well, and make his opponents swing at his high fastball. He has to learn to attack the hitters, rather then pitch around them, which usually results in a high pitch count early on.

Before the season began, many fans questioned whether Jason Bay was a good fit for left field in CitiField. His defense was criticized, as a lot of people said he didn’t have enough range to cover a large outfield.

Bay proved them wrong tonight, as he made a nice play going towards the left field foul territory wall. He hustled on defense and on offense, when Hanley Ramirez bobbled on ground ball that was hit to him. Bay was out at first, but it was still nice to see him run hard on a ground ball. Shows what kind of gritty ballplayer he is. Not all players do that these days…

Jacobs looked completely confused at the plate today, even though he got his first hit of the season.

I previously stated that I thought Jacobs was a good candidate for the cleanup role. I’d like to retract my statement. Power is very important in that slot, but it’s also important to consistently get hits in the heart of the order. By moving Bay to the cleanup position and Jacobs down to either 5th of 6th, it solidifies the lineup more.

K-Rod pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

Maybe those goggles give him some strength. It’s like Samson and his hair. Lets hope…

Marlins Notes:

  • Nolasco had great command for most of the game. He got ahead of most of the batter. Maine could learn a lot from him.
  • Bullpen and defense looks atrocious. That’s going to lose many games for them this year.
  • Watching the Nolasco and “the licking of his hand” fiasco was entertaining.