The New York Mets dropped both games of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies this afternoon. They have now lost five straight and eight of their last nine. The Mets are currently 4-9 on the season and officially dead last in the National League East standings.

Troy Tulowitzki is officially a “Mets killer”…

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Game 1 Recap:

R.A. Dickey faced off against Greg Reynolds in Game 1. The Mets offense handed Dickey a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th, but struggled to hold it, allowing five runs in the next three innings. A two-run line drive homer off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez put an end to Dickey’s start. Even though his first four innings pitched were scoreless, he had trouble with his command the entire time. Bobby Parnell came on in relief in the 7th inning and immediately gave up a solo shot to Troy Tulowitzi, putting the Mets at a 6-2 deficit going into the stretch.

There were a few head scratchers for me on the defense. Angel Pagan booted a ball at the outfield fence, giving Seth Smith another trip to third base in the series. It didn’t matter in the end because Cargo drove him in on a home run anyway. The big misplay was Scott Hairston giving up on a fly ball to deep right field in the top of the 6th, which I believe he had a chance to catch. Two runs scored on that play to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead.

The Mets rallied in the late innings. Jose Reyes hit a solo home run in the 8th narrowing the score to 6-3. In the bottom of the 9th, Scott Hairston launched a two-run shot to put the Mets down only one run. The next batter, Josh Thole, singled up the middle to represent the tying run on base. Carlos Beltran came up as a pinch hitter with one out in the 9th and ripped a single to right field. Ex-Met Matt Lindstrom relieved Rockies closer Huston Street on the mound with runners on first and second and Reyes at the plate. Reyes grounded into a fielders choice to put runners at the corner with two outs. It was up to Daniel Murphy to be a late inning hero. Reyes stole second base to put the winning run into scoring position. Well, Murphy drew a full count walk to load the bases for David Wright. The face of the franchise made the count full, but flied out to the right fielder to end the game. The Mets rally only to fall short in Game 1.

Game 2 Recap:

Chris Capuano took the mound against Jorge De La Rosa in Game 2. Given a 2-0 lead into the third inning, Capuano gave two runs right back to the Colorado offense. In the top of the 6th, Brad Emaus botched a double-play ball with the bases loaded. Instead of retiring the side (with Capuano in line for a win), the Rockies scored six total runs in the inning. Frankie Rodriguez entered the game in the top of the 9th to get some work in, but got hit hard, allowing three singles and a run.

Unlike Game 1, the Mets offense was quiet after the 4th inning. After a booth review denied Scott Hairston his second two-run home run of the doubleheader (ruled in play for a double) in the 2nd inning, Mike Nickeas doubled in runners from second and third. The Mets would later score two more runs on a Jose Reyes single in the 4th inning to break a 2-2 tie. The run production would stop there as they dropped Game 2 and suffer a sweep from the Rockies.

The Positives:

I could say that they rallied hard in Game 1, but the fact is they have lost eight of their last nine games. Inexcusable.

The Negatives:

Starting pitching: It was atrocious. Dickey and Capuano allowed 5 and 7 runs, respectively, in their starts. Dickey yielded 8 hits and 4 walks in only 6.1 innings, while Capuano gave up 8 hits and 2 walks in 5.2 innings. Looks like the biggest fear of the offseason is ringing true…

Defense: Sloppy to say the least. Culprits in the field include Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus, Angel Pagan, and Scott Hairston.

Interesting Facts:

  • Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run in each game of the four-game series. He is now the league leader at 7.
  • Jose Reyes has extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • The Mets are 1-6 at home.

What’s Next? The New York Mets head to Turner Field to open up a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Game Time 7:30 PM on SNY.

NYM D.J. Carrasco (0-0) 4.05 ERA* vs. ATL Derek Lowe (1-2) 1.45 ERA

*= stats as a reliever