The New York Mets took a 13-2 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night in a game Mets fans would rather forget. The team has now lost four of the five games since the All-Star Break, while falling to 5.5 games in back of the Atlanta Braves.

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Initial Reaction:

Mike Pelfrey took the mound against former Yankee farmhand Ian Kennedy in the opener of a three-game set. After a brutal first start to his second half, Pelfrey was knocked out of the game early, lasting only an inning and a third.

The Mets continue to be out-pitched and out-hit during the past few weeks. Even with Beltran’s return, the team hasn’t had any spark as of late. The lineup has the most depth since last season, and they only manufactured two runs on eight hits.

If the Mets decide they are contenders in 2010, there must be moves made to the roster. This is not a winning baseball team right now. The outfield is crowded, the rotation is thin, which provides a simple solution to their problem.

Positives From The Game:

Josh Thole: The young backstop scored one of the only two runs for the Mets offense. He’s provided the best bat–although he took a pinch-hit walk tonight–of the catcher trio recently, but is seemingly the odd man out once Oliver Perez is promoted.

Negatives From The Game:

Mike Pelfrey: It was easily the worst start of his career. He didn’t have his stuff early on, evident by the hard hits he gave up and the walks he allowed. In an inning and a third, Pelfrey yielded six runs on seven hits and two walks This marks the fourth start in a row he hasn’t pitched past the fifth inning. His ERA has skyrocketed to 4.01 from what was 2.71 on June 25th.

Fernando Nieve: After Raul Valdes pitched a few scoreless innings in relief of Pelfrey, Nieve put the game out of Mets reach, allowing a five-spot sixth inning, capped off with a Mark Reynolds three-run homerun.  He has been far from effective all season long, and his role should be re-evaluated over the next few weeks.

Interesting Facts:

  • It took Mike Pelfrey 74 pitches to earn the first four outs of the game, before being replaced by the bullpen.
  • Carlos Beltran achieved a hit in all four of his games back from the DL.
  • First time Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes were in the same lineup since May 20, 2009.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to recover against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night at Chase Field. Game Time 9:40 on SNY.

NYM R.A. Dickey (6-3) 2.63 ERA vs. ARI Barry Enright (1-2) 3.45 ERA

Which catcher (Barajas, Blanco, or Thole) do you think should be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo?