The New York Mets took an 8-6 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. After tonight, the Mets are sitting at a weak 6-16 against opponents on the road.

AP Photo/Morry Gash

Initial Reaction:

Fernando Nieve faced off against Manny Parra in the middle game of the three-game set. Both pitchers struggled early on and the bullpens saw immediate action. A game that looked like it would turn into a double-digit affair, died down after the 4th inning. The Mets couldn’t get anything going against the Brewers bullpen, and that resulted in their second consecutive loss to the Brewers.

The Mets showed resiliency in the early innings, which was a great thing to see, but they faded late in the game. The fact that they struck out 12 times tonight didn’t sit well with me as too. In fact, the last hit by a Mets player was off the bat of Jeff Francoeur, which took place in the 5th inning. The Mets just look like a completely different team on the road, and this has to change…

Positives From The Game:

Ike: The spark for today’s offense was Ike Davis. He only had one hit, but it was a three-run blast in the 4th inning that minimized their deficit to only one run. His fifth home run of the season gave the Mets a fighting chance to come up big later in the game, but it wouldn’t suffice. Davis has settled in nicely as the Mets first baseman, and I can’t wait to watch him develop for years to come.

Gimme Some Relief: The bullpen, outside of Oliver Perez, pitched four scoreless innings to give the Mets a chance for a late rally. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t push across any runs past the fourth inning.

Negatives From The Game:

Nieve: Fernando Nieve showed Jerry Manuel that he doesn’t belong in the starting rotation. He couldn’t pitch himself past the second inning, as he allowed five runs on three hits (two HRs) and three walks, while striking out five. He just isn’t a starting pitcher.

Ollie: Oliver Perez relieved Nieve, and had similar results. He proved that he doesn’t belong in the Mets rotation OR bullpen. He also pitched two innings, giving up three runs, while yielding three hits (1 HR) and two walks, and struck out two batters. The biggest negative for the team is his refusal to go to the minors.

Wright: Everyone in the lineup contributed tonight, except for David Wright. He reached base once on a walk, but couldn’t score. The fact that he struck out twice didn’t help his cause either. He’s hit-less in his last 12 at-bats and his average is down to .246. Give this guy a good luck charm!

Interesting Facts:

14: Total runs scored in the first four innings of the game.

0: Total runs scored in the last five innings of the game.

65: David Wright’s strikeout total after today. He’s currently third in the majors after Diamondback teammates Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds.

What’s Next?: The Mets take on the Brewers in the final game of the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at Miller Park. Game Time 2:10 PM.

NYM R.A. Dickey (1-0) 1.50 ERA vs. MIL Randy Wolf (4-4) 4.52 ERA