John Maine could not help stem the tide of Mets’ losses as they compile their fourth straight to the Marlins 7-5. He threw 12 straight balls on route to a four-walk inning.
Maine wound up allowing six runs in five innings. It was lucky he made it that far. His ERA has now ballooned to 6.13, and he is now 1-3. Is he far behind Oliver Perez in following him to the bullpen. He arguably hasn’t pitched much better.
Once again the Mets fell behind early and failed to come back, even though they scored five runs. The loss wasn’t for a lack of hits. David Wright led things off in the second inning with a home run, his eighth.
The Mets had 13 hits, one more than the Marlins. Five Mets had two hits apiece, including Jose Reyes who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored after batting leadoff again. Luis Castillo, Jason Bay, Wright and Rod Barajas were the others with two hits.
Barajas’ second hit in the ninth ended with him being thrown out at second trying to stretch it out into a double. Who knows how the game might have ended up had he stopped at first?
Angel Pagan also showed no ill effects after moving into the three hole. He was 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. The problem was the Mets allowed too many runs and went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets are now under .500 and fourth place in the division. The good news is the bottom four teams in the division are only separated by a maximum of 2 1/2 games. A good run could put any one of them in second place behind the reliable Phillies. The Mets need to start that run Sunday with Jon Niese taking the mound in the final game of the series with the Marlins.