The offense continues to suck as bad as Oliver Perez, and the Mets now sit at 53-53. A week before the All Star Break, they were 11 games over .500, but now cannot score runs to save their lives. They continue they’re terrible woes on the road as well.

not many happy people in the Mets dugout these days

Initial Reaction: Johan Santana met up with Tim Hudson in a match up of pitchers who have the two highest active career winning percentage in all of baseball. Johan once again had an ugly first inning, but looked rather good the rest of the way.  He struck out a season high 11, and allowed only one other run after the rocky first. His strikeouts have been way down this year, so it was encouraging to see him walk only 2 and strike out 11. Regardless, he took another loss, and the Mets offense can’t score. It’s going to be a long rest of the season if it continues this way.

The Positives:

Beltran: He contributed the only RBI, the only extra base hit, and the lone hit with RISP. He reached base three times tonight.

The Negatives:

RISP: 1-9 as a team won’t get it done. 5 of the outs came from 6-9, where the Mets have struggled for production the entire year.

Last 25: The Mets are 7-18 there last 25 games, dropping them back to the .500 mark.

Interesting facts:

Jeff Francouer snapped an 0-20 skid with a meaningless 8th inning single.

-Taka’s last start, he recorded 10 strikeouts, a season high for the Mets. It didn’t last a week, as Johan sat down 11 tonight.

What’s Next?

The Mets look to even the series against the Atlanta and start putting an end to this awful skid. First pitch is 7:05 and will be on SNY

NYM R.A. Dickey (7-4) 2.32 ERA vs. ATL Derek Lowe (10-9) 4.58 ERA