The New York Mets lost to the Florida Marlins for the third straight time on Saturday night 7-5. The offense showed up, but the starting pitching was again an issue for the team. The Mets will look to savage the final game against the Fish Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Initial Reaction:

John Maine took the mound against lefty Nate Robertson in the third game of the four-game series. It looked bad from the start, as Maine couldn’t throw a strike to begin the game. Luckily, there were times during the game where he looked like he was adjusting, but overall a disappointing outing for him.

The offense started to click today which is a definite plus. Maybe it was the swapping of Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan in the lineup. Whatever it was, it worked, and the Mets need to keep this up as long as they can to get back on track.

Positives From The Game:

Getting It “Wright”: David Wright had a productive game going 2 for 3 at the plate, while launching his eighth homerun of the season. Both hits were off a southpaw, so it’s nothing too special, but a great sign that he may be breaking out.

Reaching Base: The Mets compiled 13 hits and five players had multi-hit performances. It gives Mets fans something to smile about after today’s loss.

Negatives From The Game:

Maine Mess: John Maine was up and down today as he struggled to throw a strike in the 1st inning, while other times looked dominant with his fastball up in the zone. He walked the first three batters of the game. Through 5 innings, he allowed six runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out five. Not a good way to pick the team up after Ollie’s struggles last night.

Frenchy Fried: Jeff Francoeur continued to have issues at the plate tonight. He was 0-4 with two more strikeouts and left three runners on base. He has only 12 hits since April 16th, which is also the date of his last multi-hit game.

Interesting Facts:

9: Game hitting streak for Jason Bay

12: Consecutive balls thrown by John Maine to start the game.

13: Number of runs given up by the Mets starters over the past two games in a combined 8.1 innings.

What’s Next?: The Mets look to end the series on a high note against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon. Game Time 1:10

NYM Jonathan Niese (1-1) 4.58 ERA vs. FLA Ricky Nolasco (3-2) 3.66 ERA