The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 11-6 on Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey pitched six innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and no walks while striking out two. The Mets had a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the bullpen let up six runs all with two outs. With the loss, they fall to 73-81 on the season and have sole possession of fourth place in the National League East division.
Angel Pagan was the offensive player of the game, going 3 for 4 with a walk in the seventh inning to drive in the go-ahead run. He has had a very streaky season. After hitting .300 in the month of June, Pagan struggled to .194 in July. Since the All-Star Break, he has hit for a solid .274 batting average. I think what’s most impressive has been his ability to steal bases. He’s not a power threat and doesn’t get on base a whole ton. Speed is the strongest part of his game and he loses value without his legs. However, Pagan has some crazy situational stats this year. He is batting .309 with runners in scoring position and two out and .435 with a man on third and two outs. Those stats may be the deciding factor in whether or not he is back with the Mets in 2012.
I don’t even want to discuss the bullpen. I mean, how many times have the Mets blown a lead after the sixth inning this year? Too many to count. Let’s just figure out who can be part of the equation for next season and be done with it.
- Jose Reyes still has yet to record his 100th career triple. He last tripled on July 21st.
- Tim Byrdak yielded his first runs in the month of September.
- Lucas Duda is hitting .500 (8 for 16) during his last four games.
What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to turn it around against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. Game Time 8:15 PM on SNY.
NYM Chris Schwinden (0-2) 5.40 ERA vs. STL Jaime Garcia (12-7) 3.59 ERA