Welcome back to another “exciting” season of Mets baseball everyone! Unfortunately, we have yet to see excitement. Tonight, the New York Mets took a tough 6-2 loss to the Florida Marlins. The pitching was lacking, the hitting was stagnant, and every fan wanted to call it a season by the end of the 4th inning.

Hope this doesn't sum up Pelf's season...

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Recap:

Bottom line for tonight’s game: Pelf just wasn’t Pelf. Early on, you could tell that he was struggling with his command, getting behind almost every batter he faced. Things only got worse for Pelfrey in the bottom of the 4th inning when he loaded the bases for John Buck. JOHN BUCK!!! He ended up launching a grand slam over the right field fence.

On the other side of the mound, Josh Johnson had a no-hit bid through six innings. In the 7th inning, Willie Harris hustled out a double for the first Met hit of the game. Shortly after, Carlos Beltran drove him in on a double of his own. With Pagan and Beltran on the corners, Ike Davis grounded out to second, while scoring Beltran from third. Brad Emaus followed with a walk to bring the tying run to the plate with runners on first and second. Here is where it gets very interesting for me. Terry Collins decided to pinch hit Scott Hairston for Josh Thole. Granted it would’ve been a lefty-lefty matchup, but I think he was being a little bit nit-picky in this situation–I’d take contact over power. Hairston ended up striking out to end the inning.

The biggest issue tonight was that the Marlins outpitched the Mets. Josh Johnson is known for being a Mets killer and was in a groove for most of the night. I’m not letting Mike Pelfrey off the hook, though. If he wants to earn the “ace” role, he needs to get ahead of batters and command his pitches better. Pelf’s success is crucial in keeping this team competitive into the summer.

Key Stats:

3: relievers used in tonight’s game all had last names starting with the letter B (Boyer, Beato, Buchholz)

8: induced swings and misses for Mike Pelfrey (just terrible…)

-Josh Johnson has now improved to 8-1 lifetime against the New York Mets

What’s Next?:

The New York Mets take on the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the three-game series tomorrow night. Game time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Jonathon Niese vs. FLA Ricky Nolasco