May 31st, 2011
by Andrew Rizzi

R.A. Dickey showed great heart and guts tonight, pitching a shutout for 7 innings with a tear in his plantar fascia. However, he gave up 3 runs with 2 outs in the 8th, and with virtually no offense given to him he suffered the loss in a 5-1 Pirates win.

Dickey struck out a career high 10 batters, and cruised through 7 2/3. But in a flash a 1-0 lead turned into a 3-1 deficit as Josh Harrison and Neil Walker had RBI hits to change the outcome from good to bad. Bobby Parnell made his first appearance since April 19, but did not fare any better than he did back then, allowing 2 runs in the 9th to seal the game.

The Mets took the lead right away in the 1st with an RBI infield single by Jason Bay. But they never scored again. Angel Pagan led the game off stretching a single into a double and scored the only Mets run of the game. It was also the team’s only extra base hit- they had 7 hits and 6 were singles.

Three Up:

1) R.A. Dickey- In the end he gave it up, but this loss was on the offense. Dickey was spectacular all night, and to be honest he would have been in the “three up” no matter what happened just because he made his start. With all the drawn out trips to the disabled list over the years, Dickey showed me a lot by pitching this game. He is a gamer, and can pitch for my team any day.

2) Angel Pagan- Pagan has been en fuego since returning from the DL, and went 2-4 with a run scored tonight. Still, his average is just .222, which shows you how bad he was in April.

3) Daniel Murphy- Murph has quietly caught fire here this home stand. He went 2-4 tonight, and has his average up to .284.

Three Down:

1) Terry Collins- I usually don’t get on managers for pitching decisions, but I thought TC stayed one batter too long twice tonight. First, he left Dickey in with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 8th after he beaned a guy, allowed an RBI hit, and walked a man. R.A. gave up the game winning hit to Walker, left the game losing, and the Mets never recovered. Then in the 9th with it still just a 2 run game, Collins kept Parnell in with the bags full and 2 out. He clearly had nothing, and gave up a 2-run single to Brandon Wood to send most of the fans home.

2) Bobby Parnell- I am not sure if Bobby is still hurt, or if he just hasn’t developed at all, but he has looked terrible all year and the time off did not appear to help. He allowed a close game to get out of hand, and if he doesn’t get it going quickly he will be going back down to the bush leagues.

3) Andrew McCutchen- The Buccos won the game so he doesn’t care, but Pittsburgh’s best player went 0-4 with 3 K’s against Dickey. He could not figure out that knuckleball at all.

Rizzi’s Rants:

- Tonight was my 3rd game at Citi Field this season, and the Mets have lost all 3 games. After the team went 19-6 with me in attendance the first 2 years of the stadium its been a rough 2011 so far.

- Jason Bay is horrendous. I know he had the only RBI of the game, but it was a 45 foot ground ball that found the right spot. I just don’t get it. What happened to this guy?

- Bad news today finding out Ike Davis is going back in a boot and will not return until July 4 at the earliest. It’s amazing how badly this organization botches injuries over and over again.

- Even worse news today hearing that Gary Carter has stage 4 brain cancer, and his tumors are inoperable. They played another nice tribute to the Kid at Citi Field tonight, and it was pretty emotional. I wish him and his family nothing but the best.

- The bottom line is the Mets are a scrappy team who plays hard, but they just don’t have a professional lineup right now. Take the leadoff hitter, number 3 hitter, and best power hitter out of any team’s lineup and they will greatly suffer. Until Reyes and Wright return the Mets will not score many runs.

- Speaking of not scoring runs, the streak is now 10 straight games without a homer. This season could get ugly in the next 2-3 weeks.

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