R.A. Dickey once again didn’t have it today as he fell to 1-5 on the season. It looks as if last year may just have been a mirage. The Mets three game win streak was snapped and the Mets fell to 18-21 on the year.

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey waits for manager Terry Collins to make his way to the mound to pull him from the game after giving up back-to-back home runs to the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 14, 2011, in Houston.

What Happened:

R.A. was lit up for four runs in the first inning, and that was all the Astros would need. With a makeshift outfield and different lineup, the Mets were only able to push across three runs, despite having seven hits and four walks. Daniel Murphy hit a 4th inning home run, his third of the season. With the opportunity to play every day, Murphy is making the most of his chances. His bat in the lineup makes a strong case to play him every game, whether at first in place of Ike Davis, or at second base, once Davis returns.

On a positive note, the Mets bullpen seems to be coming into form, sort of. After Dickey exited the game following back to back home runs, New York’s bullpen allowed only one run, a Carlos Lee solo home run in the 7th.

In a theme that has plagued the Mets since their inception, or at least since September of 2007, the Mets left eight men on base, and were only 2-8 with Runners in Scoring Position.

The Mets look to win  a second consecutive road series in the Sunday matinee tomorrow.

 

NYM Chris Capuano 2-4 vs HOU Wandy Rodriguez 0-1