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Night Cap: Remember Good Starting Pitching?

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Miguel Batista's start against the Dodgers this afternoon went poorly, which was really no surprise to anyone who has watched Miguel Batista pitch this year. At a time when the Mets seemingly can't get out of their own way, Batista lasted just three innings and put the Mets far behind in the process.

On the whole, the game was a lot like Friday's night loss. After falling behind early, the Mets came back just enough to make things interesting but were never quite able to tie the game. In both games, the bullpen gave up just enough to make the Mets' fairly good offensive performances irrelevant.

It's tough to find positives about the Mets right now, but Josh Edgin continues to impress. Considering how bad the Mets' bullpen has been, Edgin could and should see some chances in high-leverage situations. He can't really be much worse than his peers have been in those spots.

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm, Jon Niese starts for the Mets in their attempt to avoid a sweep at the hands of Los Angeles.

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* True Blue LA Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: Daniel Murphy, +17.2% WPA
Big losers: Miguel Batista, -24.7% WPA, Andres Torres, -13.3% WPA, Ike Davis, -13.0% WPA, R.A. Dickey, -10.9% WPA, Jeremy Hefner, -10.1% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Daniel Murphy's run-scoring triple in the eighth, +17.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Juan Uribe's two-run double in the third, -18.5% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -42.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: -8.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Matt Treanor