Marlins 9, Mets 6
Chan Ho Park's pitching line:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 4.0 6 7 7 2 4 2 73-39 24As the Mets' elder statesmen begin to fall apart physically, we catch a glimpse of this season if these guys can't stay on the field. Tonight we saw Chan Ho Park fill in for Orlando Hernandez, and the results weren't good. Park gave up five runs in the third inning, some his fault and some not. He allowed four softly-hit balls (not so much his fault) but walked two batters without throwing a strike to either (totally his fault). A couple of innings later he gave up two solo homeruns (his fault), echoing his biggest problem this year in Triple-A. His strikeout and walk rates were actually very solid in four starts with New Orleans, walking just five and whiffing twenty in 21 innings. Unfortunately, he coughed up six gopherballs in those 21 innings, leading to a 7.29 ERA.
Jose Valentin also landed on the disabled list today, and his everyday replacement Damion Easley had mixed results on the field. He misplayed a soft liner by Miguel Cabrera in that disastrous third inning. The ball seemed to catch Easley in between standing upright and jumping and it bounced out of his glove, scoring two and ultimately being ruled a single. At the plate, Easley went 1-for-3 with a walk, so nothing to complain about there (yet).
And if losing a starting pitcher and your starting second baseman in the same day wasn't enough, now it looks like Moises Alou might miss some time with a bum shoulder. He is scheduled to receive an MRI on Tuesday. Alou has been slumping a bit over the past few games, but his contributions at the plate and his surprising adequateness in the field have been more than the Mets could have expected out of him to this point. Of course, an injury is exactly what the Mets could have expected at this point, so don't go patting yourself on the back yet, Mr. Alou (besides, you'll probably just injure yourself further in the process).
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- Pitching: Chan Ho Park, -33.0% WPA