The Mets fell below .500 and lost their first game, 6-4, against the St. Louis Cardinals in what had to be the ugliest game of the season so far.
Frankly, it’s a game the Mets should have lost. When Daniel Murphy slipped and fell to turn an out into a triple, you knew the game was going downhill. In addition, Carlos Beltran’s base-running blunder led to him being thrown out at home, quashing a possible Mets rally and at least a lead. Beltran chose not to slide into home after a ball was misplayed at third and ended up stepping on Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s foot instead of the plate.
Mets starter Oliver Perez was his typical self, pitching three scoreless innings and then couldn’t get out of the fifth inning, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up four earned runs. He just barely got out of a bases-loaded fourth inning, even though a double-play out was miscalled. But he couldn’t get the third out in the fifth, even though Jerry Manuel gave him three chances to do so.
Then left hander Casey Fossum came on to relieve Perez and threw four straight balls. Fossum took Nelson Figueroa’s roster spot after he was designated for assignment. Bullpen stalwart JJ Putz gave up an uncharacteristic two earned runs, thanks in part to Murphy’s misplayed ball.
Is the Murphy experiment in left field over or would you stick with him? If so, with whom would you replace him?