The New York Mets were blown out by the Florida Marlins 10-3 on Monday night. They are now 4-7 against the Fish. R.A. Dickey took his first loss of the season, bringing his record to 6-1.

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Initial Reaction:

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey took the mound against Ricky Nolasco in the opener of a three-game set. Dickey had his worst performance of the season, and all Mets fans knew this day would come. He wasn’t going to keep fooling opponents like he had been.

I’m happy for Bay! I wish he’d hit homeruns more often though. He only has four games this season in which he has belted one. The Mets front office is paying him $66 million specifically for his power, so its no wonder fans get frustrated with his lack of pop.

Positives From The Game:

Bay Bombs: Everyone knows Jason Bay has struggled with the long ball this season. Whether its due to the intimidation of CitiField’s dimensions or he hasn’t yet found his stroke, its been a concern for most Mets fans. Today, Bay launched two opposite field homeruns, bringing his total to six on the season. He also drove in all the Mets runs.

Negatives From The Game:

Manuel’s Decisions: I don’t know why R.A. Dickey was taken out after 5 innings, but he had settled in since the 3rd inning, with only 80 pitches thrown. Knuckleballer pitchers do not throw hard, so it is typically easy for them to throw over 100 pitches. Jerry Manuel should’ve let him go out at least for the 6th inning. The bullpen–consisted of Fernando Nieve and Ryoto Igarashi tonight–combined to allow five runs in only three innings of relief.

Offense Besides Bay: Other than Jason Bay, the Mets offense had four hits without drawing a walk. They looked silly at the plate against Nolasco.

He Is Human: R.A. Dickey had a rough start to his outing tonight, allowing five runs in the first three innings pitched. However, he pitched better as the game went on, which was very good to see.

Interesting Facts:

  • Bay contributed his 2nd two homer night of the season tonight. The other occurred against the Yankees on May 23rd.
  • Mets offense struck out 12 times tonight. Nolasco recorded 9 of them.
  • Jeff Francoeur last drew a walk on June 10th.
  • Ruben Tejada’s 10-game hitting streak ended tonight when he went 0-3, including two strikeouts.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to even the series against the Florida Marlins tomorrow night in beautiful Puerto Rico. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Hisanori Takahashi (6-3) 3.78 ERA vs. FLA Nate Robertson (5-6) 4.89 ERA