The New York Mets were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. They were unable to sweep the worst team in baseball, and head home with a bad taste in their mouths. A big homestand against the Florida Marlins and Houston Astros will be a decent test to see if the Mets really have their minds focused on playing October baseball.

AP Photo/Don Wright

Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana took the mound against Zach Duke in the final game of the series. Santana was stellar, outside of two solo home runs that he allowed in the fifth and sixth innings. Duke pitched better over seven innings, only allowing one run in that span, and was in line for the win when he came out of the game.

The Mets offense struck early, but was dead silent after the first inning. They could only scratch five hits against a pitcher who came into the game with a 5-12 record. When you leave thirteen runners on base, it’s no surprise they only pushed one run across.

Positives From The Game:

Santana: Johan Santana pitched another complete game (8 innings) today, allowing only two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out nine. The two runs were off solo shots by ex-Met Lastings Milledge and former Yankees prospect Jose Tabata.

Reyes: Jose Reyes scored the only run of the game in the first inning to give Johan Santana and the Mets an early 1-0 lead. He went 2 for 4, including a stolen base (28) to continue his hot nine-game hitting streak.

Davis: Ike Davis went 2 for 4, but unfortunately there were no runners in scoring position for him to drive in. He led of the ninth with a single, and served as the tying run on base, but the Mets went down in order after that and lost.

Negatives From The Game:

Where’d The Bats Go?: After scoring twelve runs in the past two games against the Pirates, the Mets could only score one run in the first inning. They couldn’t bunch up hits like they had earlier in the series.

Interesting Facts:

9: Game hitting streak for Jose Reyes

57: The uniform number for both starting pitchers tonight.

99: Jeff Francoeur is only one home run away from 100.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel back home to host a three-game series against the Florida Marlins beginning Tuesday night. Game Time 7:10 PM.

NYM R.A. Dickey (8-5) 2.41 ERA vs. FLA Josh Johnson (11-5) 2.27 ERA