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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Phoenix, AZ (July 21) – The New York Mets are currently 1-5 on their 11 game road trip. They have lost two straight in Arizona and go against their best pitcher tonight Dan Haren, they do not want to be swept by a last place team.
The Mets will head off to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers for four games after this before returning home. They are 6 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Here are some news and notes.
The Mets activated Oliver Perez off the disabled list before today’s game. They optioned infielder Justin Turner back to AAA-Buffalo. Perez went on the disabled list on June 5th with patella tendinitis of his right knee. He went 1-1 with a 3.47 ERA in four minor league rehab starts. He will get his last chance with the Mets although he will be the second lefty out of the bullpen for right now.
The Mets are 3-9 in their last 12 games, the Mets were a season high 11 games over 500 on June 27. Since that time, the Mets have gone 6-13. The only time the Diamondbacks have swept a series from the Mets was in 1999. The Mets have been held to four or fewer runs in 11 straight games. It is the longest such stretch since they were held to four or fewer in 13 straight back in 2004.
Jon Niese is 3-3 and the Mets are 6-4 following a loss this year. Niese is 2-2 with a 1.63 ERA and 25 strikeouts over his last four starts. The Mets pitching staff has posted a 3.79 ERA over their last 11 games. The mark ranks ninth in the majors during that span. The Mets have not scored first in any of the six games on this road trip. They are 9-28 when the opponent scores first this season.
Ike Davis is tied for first with the Cubs Tyler Colvin among all major league rookies with 13 home runs. Among rookies, he is tied for second with 45 runs scored and third with 45 RBI. Ryota Igarashi pitched a scoreless inning for AAA-Buffalo last night. He allowed one hit and struck out one. Sean Green tossed one inning for the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets yesterday. He allowed one earned run on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Mets have been playing so well at home all season and it is a shame that they cannot win on the road but this is spiraling out of control. If they go 1-10 or 2-9 they could basically be out of the race by the time they return home and the fans may stop showing up.
This could really turn into a PR nightmare for the Mets who are already having money problems because of the Bernie Madoff situation. I think they need to make at least one deal for a pitcher before the trade deadline. The Mets real problem all season has been their offense underachieving but the pitching has been springing leaks and that is what wins.