Would this be considered rock bottom? Or can it possibly get worse?

The New York Mets were defeated 8-2 by the Washington Nationals,  losing for the 10th time in their last 11 games while falling to 4-13 in the month of July.

Chris Young provided the Mets with his best effort of the 2012 season, allowing two runs over seven innings of work, yet the club rewarded him with a no-decision.

Young allowed a lead-off single to Steve Lombardozzi to start the game, which was immediately followed by a two-run bomb off the bat of Bryce Harper, giving the Nats an early 2-0 lead.  After allowing a walk and single later in the frame, Young settled down to retire 15 of the next 16 batters he faced, including the final 12-in-a-row. Following the game, Young told reporters his outing was good, “but it’s not good enough,” saying:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

“It’s a good outing, but it’s not good enough. I’ll keep building on it. I hope to get stronger as the season progresses. But it’s just tough to evaluate that stuff right now. Ultimately it’s a team loss, and that’s all I really care about.”

The 6’10” right handers efforts allowed NY to battle back, courtesy of  solo home runs by David Wright and Ike Davis. It wasn’t until the tenth that things went array for the Mets.  As Howie Rose said during the WFAN broadcast, according to Toby Hyde:

Amazin. Howie Rose: “With the #Mets bullpen, going into extra innings is like going into sudden death OT in hockey & pulling the goaltender”
Toby Hyde

For the second consecutive day, the Mets lost in extra innings. The Mets lost yesterday, 8-3, and 8-2 today and had never lost consecutive extra-inning games each by five or more runs before tonight.  With the bullpen this club is carting out there, should we really expect anything less? For the season, the Mets ERA in extra innings is 14.73 (18 ER/11 IP).

With the score tied at two, a single and an error by shortstop Ruben Tejada allowed the first two batters of the frame to reach base.  Tejada could not handle the throw by reliever Tim Byrdak on a would-be double play come backer.  With two on and a bunt situation, Mets manager Terry Collins called upon reliever Pedro Beato to relieve Byrdak.  I’m still confused as to why.  With Sam Lombardozzi, a switch hitter  batting .209 versus lefties in comparison to .278 versus righties on-deck and left handed hitting rookie Bryce Harper on double deck, why not stay with Byrdak? After a botched sac-bunt by Mark DeRosa the flood gates opened against the  Beato.  Lombardozzi singled, Harper ripped a single into right to break the tie and give the Nats a lead they would not relinquish.  It didn’t end there.  Ryan Zimmerman drilled a base-clearing double before Michael Morse jacked a two-run blast to send anyone still left in Citi Field home early.

“There’s not much you can do except try to put guys in there where you think they’re going to get people out,” manager Terry Collins said following the game. “You try to stay upbeat and not look defeated on the mound. I don’t want those guys looking in the dugout. Get the ball, get on the mound and get the next hitter. Don’t look around for help. You’ve got to get the job done. Ultimately that’s what it’s all about. They’ve got to understand they still have to make pitches, they still got to be aggressive.”

Really? Really? There is no other word to describe this bullpen other then brutal. BRUTAL! I don’t know how many times a day I hear fans says this team is unwatchable.  It’s a far cry from the chatter that surrounded the club just one month ago.  Honestly, I can’t blame anyone for feeling this way.  Heck. I wouldn’t be surprised if the players themselves are sick of watching this bullpen implode night after night.  Please Sandy, for my sanity, and the sanity of Mets fans everywhere, do something. Please. Do. Something!




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