The Mets squandered a chance to win back to back games against a team that is one of the worst teams in the National League. Johan Santana wasn’t great, but he battled. The Mets once again failed to score more than 5 runs in a game. They fall back to below .500, at 59-60.

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The Scoop: The Mets were able to score in each of the first two innings, but were confunded from then on. Johan Santana pitched well outside of the 1st inning, where he gave up his first of two home runs to Hunter Pence, a 3 run shot. The Mets fall another game back of the pack, but face it, this season is over. It’s all about seeing what we have in Fernando Martinez, Ruben Tejada, and Ike Davis. They all should play regardless of the pitching matchup. David Wright also needs to stack up as good of stats as possible, so his trade value is high.

The Good:

Jose Reyes: He was 2-4 on the night, reaching base 3 times, as well as collecting his 24th stolen base of the season.

Josh Thole: Also 2-4 on the night, scoring one of the Mets 3 runs. Is he a solution at the catcher position? I think he is, maybe.

The Bad:

Johan: Santana wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t great. His first and last innings were not good. The rest of the innings were great. His final line was 8 innings, 9 hits, and 4 runs.

The Ugly:

RISP: It’s almost a daily thing with the Mets. 1-6 once again with runners in scoring position. Just doesn’t get it done.

Interesting Facts:

-Assuming Nelson Figueora never pitches for the Mets again, he’ll be the first pitcher in Mets’ history to record a complete game shutout in his final game pitched for the Mets.

What’s Next?

The 3rd game of the series between these two teams. It’s crucial for the Mets to take 3 of 4, so tomorrow is a must win, although every game is a must win anymore.

NYM R.A. Dickey (8-5) 2.43 ERA vs. HOU Brett Myers (8-7) 3.13 ERA