It started with Hisanori Takahashi and continued with every pitcher that took the ball for the Mets tonight. Mets pitchers were unable to locate the strike zone tonight, and when they did, Padres hitters took advantage. The final score looked more like a Chargers vs. Jets game, with the Chargers coming out on top. New York falls to 7-17 on the road.

AP Photo/Denis Poroy

Initial Reaction:

The Mets stunk tonight. Hisanori Takahashi couldn’t locate his pitches, and the Padres hitters stayed away from his devastating change up, as he was touched up for the first time this season. It didn’t change once the bullpen got to work.

The Positives:

Not Applicable.

Sure, Barajas hit a home run, his 11th of the season. David Wright added two hits, but tonight was embarrassing.

The Negatives:

Hisanori Takahashi: 4 IP 8 hits 6 ER 2BB It’s the first time he struggled in a starter’s role. The true test will be in his next start if he’s able to bounce back, or if maybe the league caught up to his stuff.

Raul Valdes: 0 IP 2 hits 4ER 3BB He came in after the Mets cut the lead from five to two and promptly gave the game away.

Ryota Igarashi: .1IP 4 hits 6 ER 2BB After Barajas was able to add a home run and bring the lead to four, Igarashi followed cue, and let the Padres do as they pleased.

Oliver Perez: Just for good measure. Be a team player and go to the minors, or just stay in San Diego.

Interesting Facts:

– The Mets lead the Major Leagues in walks.

-Only one team has a worse record on the road, the Baltimore Orioles.

What’s Next?

The Mets will try and bounce back and even the series.

Probables:

NYM Mike Pelfrey (7-1) 2.54 ERA vs. SD Wade LeBlanc (2-3) 3.71 ERA