The New York Mets were defeated by the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in another shutout performance by their pitching.They are starting to really suffer from the loss of Jose Reyes, while he nurses his oblique back to normal. The Mets have now lost 6 of their last 8 games, and remain five games behind the NL East leading Atlanta Braves.

AP Photo/Richard Drew

Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese matched up against Barry Zito in Game 2 of a four-game series. Both pitchers were tremendous, but again the Giants staff outpitched the visiting team. Zito and Niese are very similar pitchers, not only because they are both southpaws, but they also provide a comparable repertoire. After having a few rough years since leaving the Oakland A’s, Barry Zito has finally fixed his mechanics, pitching the way he was expected to with switching over to the National League.

The Mets offense is in a downward spiral. That’s the only way to describe it. They have scored only six total runs in their last six games. Over that span, Mets starters have only allowed twelve runs, averaging two runs per start. Mets have not been able to score runs in the two days that Carlos Beltran has returned from the DL. Is this a coincidence or is Jose Reyes’ absence to blame?

Whatever the case may be with the team, there is a big decision to make soon. With the trade deadline two weeks from today, the Mets need to decide how to put their team over the top to become favorites in the division. Will Omar Minaya pull the right trigger? We’ll have to wait and find out.

Positives From The Game:

Niese Nice: Jonathon Niese is one of the developing stories of the season. As of late, he has put together a string of starts that are showing Mets fans–and management–that he has top-of-the-rotation potential. Tonight he continued his quest to prove himself, pitching seven innings, allowing only one run, while yielding six hits and three walks. Even though he takes the loss, his ERA lowered to 3.44 through sixteen starts in 2010. His strikeout to walk ratio looks fairly ideal, and he has shown the ability to pitch out of big jams.

Negatives From The Game:

Mets offense…again: The Mets lineup could only scratch two hits off Barry Zito and three hits throughout the entire game. They only got a runner to second twice, and were completely baffled by the San Francisco pitching (12 K’s).

Interesting Facts:

  • The Mets were shutout by their opponents three times this past week.
  • Before tonight, Carlos Beltran’s last extra-base hit came on September 26, 2009–a home run.
  • Ike Davis is 4 for 25 (.160) in his last seven games at the plate, fanning seven times.
  • Rod Barajas is 4 for 29 (.138) in his last nine games at the plate.
  • Jason Bay is 3 for 25 (.120) in his last seven games, including seven strikeouts.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets try to wake up their offense against the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the series Saturday night. Game time 9:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Hisanori Takahashi (7-3) 4.15 ERA vs. SF Matt Cain (6-8) 3.34 ERA