The Freak, AKA Tim Lincecum, was wheelin’ and dealin’ on the mound tonight against the Mets. After giving up a run in the 1st, he shut them down through the next five innings. The Mets offense couldn’t put together any runs versus the bullpen and fell quietly in a 3-1 loss. Their record is currently 46-44 as they fall 7.5 games behind the wild card leading Atlanta Braves.

 

This is the response Tim Lincecum usually gets out of his hitters. Strike Three!

Associated Press

My Reaction:

I can’t say enough about Cap’n Chris and his performance this season. Every time he starts it seems like the Mets offense has a chance to take advantage and win the ballgame. Tonight was no different. Capuano went six innings allowing two runs on four hits and four walks and struck out five batters. It was disappointing to see him lose the lead so quickly in the first inning, but he buckled down and got the job done. It was his poor luck to run into a start facing Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Possibly the best investment Sandy Alderson made in the offseason.

Even though these reserve/fill-in guys have turned some heads over the past few weeks, they cannot replace the offensive pop that is lost without Reyes, Wright, and Davis in the lineup. These guys need to find their ways back onto the field or the Mets cannot be true competitors in the NL wildcard race.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Mets drew more walks (5) than they did hits (4). Not a recipe for success.
  • Daniel Murphy drove in the only Mets run of the game on a double in the first inning.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to take the series against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night. Game Time 8:05 PM on ESPN.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (5-7) 4.64 ERA vs. SF Matt Cain (7-5) 3.22 ERA