Well, that was no way to start a series against a team with a horrible record. The Mets allowed 11 runs to a team that's been extremely challenged at the plate. By the time the game was over, Citi Field was an empty as it's ever been during a game.
Jeremy Hefner's debut in the big leagues started well enough with a pair of scoreless frames, and the Mets plated a run in the second inning on some weather-assisted poor defense by the Padres. But the game was delayed by rain for just over an hour at the end of the second inning.
When play finally resumed, Hefner gave up four doubles and four runs in the third. He gave up two more runs in the fourth before he was pulled in favor of Ramon Ramirez, who notched the next four outs and allowed just an infield single in the process.
Manny Acosta threw a scoreless top of the sixth, and the Mets pulled within three of the lowly Padres on a two-run bomb off the bat of David Wright. Unfortunately, Acosta went back out for the seventh inning and gave up three runs to once again put the game out of reach for the Mets.
Robert Carson allowed a run in the eighth, but Ike Davis plated two runs in the bottom of the inning on a line-drive single. Carson gave up a solo home run in the ninth, the Padres' eleventh and final run of the evening. Basically everything that happened after the rain delay – outside of Wright's home run – was a kick in the pants.
It's only May 24, but this game has a very good shot at making the "Five Worst Games of 2012" list.
Big winners: David Wright, +9.4% WPA
Big losers: Jeremy Hefner, -39.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Rob Johnson and Andres Torres double steal in the second, +11.5% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Will Venable's run-scoring double in the third, -11.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -46.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: -4.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Cameron Maybin