NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets argues a call with umpire Adrian Johnson #80 in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 20, 2012 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Mets seemed like a good bet to win tonight's game for the following reasons:
- It was a Mets home game;
- The Rockies have the second-worst record in the league;
- Cy Young Award contender R.A. Dickey was the Mets' starting pitcher;
- A guy with a career 6.28 ERA, Alex White, was the Rockies' starting pitcher; and
- The Rockies' lineup was unimpressive, lacking both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.
I'd glad I didn't bet. Dickey held his own, allowing just one run over seven stout innings. However, Josh Edgin and Jon Rauch each gave up a run in relief, and the Mets' offense couldn't do much against White and four relievers.
Daniel Murphy gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single. Their best scoring opportunity after that came in the eighth inning, when pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin came up with two outs and the bases loaded. Valdespin has had some big pinch hits this season, but he couldn't come through tonight. He grounded out to first base on a bang-bang play, diving head-first into the bag behind Rockies reliever Matt Belisle, who took the throw from first baseman Tyler Colvin.
The Mets are now 57-65, eight games below .500. That is their worst record of the season. The Phillies have caught up and are now tied with the Mets for third place in the NL East. Blah.
We knew it was over when...
Mike Baxter flew out to end the game with two runners on base.