Brewers 9, Mets 2: More Errors Than Runs

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets drops a pop fly hit by Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning on September 30 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Is it a coincidence that the Mets are 0-3 since losing Carlos Beltran to a knee injury on Tuesday?

Dillon Gee was mediocre in six innings tonight -- seven hits, four runs, two strikeouts, three walks. He allowed two runs in the second inning via a walk, four singles and a fielders choice. Two unearned runs followed in the fifth inning after a Jose Reyes error (pictured above). The Benny Hill music continued playing during a five run Brewers ninth, when Josh Thole and Ike Davis each made a throwing error on the same play. Sean Green gave up all five runs in an uninspiring performance.

RBI doubles by Lucas Duda and Thole accounted for the Mets' runs. Ruben Tejada was on base three times (a single and two walks). Reyes had a rough all-around game, going 0-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts. Some thoughts on several of tonight's participants:

  • Gee has been serviceable as a starter this month. He can contribute in the future, but hopefully not in the rotation -- the peripherals and stuff just aren't there. Maybe he's a future long man. Under the soon-to-be former Minaya regime, Gee would probably be penciled in as the #5 starter next season, behind R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and Oliver Perez. The new front office will hopefully go about pitcher evaluation and acquisition of quality depth a bit differently.
  • Sean Green. Yikes, Sean Green. I'm probably one of the last Met fans who thinks he might still have some use, but he has shown nothing this month to reinforce my already tenuous support. Love his groundball ability, hate the control problems. Adam Rubin suggested keeping him around at least in spring training but that assessment needs some tighter scrutiny.
  • Thole has done well for himself, especially on defense. But his .693 OPS is lower than I would have expected had I only watched the games and not buried my head in spreadsheets all day. He should be on the Opening Day roster next year but handing him an everyday job isn't advisable. John Buck is a free agent this offseason and would be a nice addition.

This is loss #82, guaranteeing a sub-.500 record this season.

Don't forget to vote for Beltran in the "Captain Roadtrip" competition at MLB.com. Seriously.

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The final series of 2010 kicks off Friday night against the Nationals. Here are the scheduled pitching matchups:

Down with the Nationals. All the way down.

Poem by Howard Megdal

Mets send the Brewers away with a gift
Committing three errors to give them a lift
Compounding problems too late to rescind
Winning year disappears with the night wind

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