If you thought -- like me -- that things couldn't get any worse than Friday Night, allow me to introduce you to this smarmy douchebag who calls himself Saturday Night. For the third time in four games the Mets did practically nothing at the plate; this time around it was against A.J. Burnett, who came within an Alex Cora single of earning his second career no-hitter. The Mets managed three walks and whiffed ten times against the nasty -- but wild -- Burnett, who dominated the Mets like no pitcher has since at least, oh, Friday-ish. The ten strikeouts were a season-high for Burnett.
For the Mets, Redding was roughed up by an admittedly awesome Yankees lineup, who pounded out six hits -- including homeruns by Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada -- in plating five runs in 5.1 innings against the Mets' starter. The Mets' patience with Redding is undoubtedly wearing thin; the Mets'
fifth fourth starter has had exactly two good starts, one decent start and now five bad-to-awful starters. If he keeps this up, the Mets will either have to:
- Call up somebody else, like Jon Niese or Brandon Knight
- Trade for someone (
- Hope really hard that John Maine or Oliver Perez comes back soon
Perez makes a rehab start with Brooklyn on Sunday and could return to the Mets within a couple of weeks, I'm guessing. Maine, not so much. Has it come to this: openly wishing for Perez to get healthy quickly? I feel dirty.
Big winners: Brian Stokes, 1.3% WPA, Patrick Misch, +0.4% WPA
Big losers: Tim Redding, -14.2% WPA, Daniel Murphy, -7.1% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Cano strikeout to end first, +4.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Swisher homerun in third, -11.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -12.3% WPA
Total batter WPA: -37.7% WPA
GWRBI!: Nick Swisher
Nice job by AnthonyR; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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