Where to start? At the beginning I guess. "Let there be light." Oh sorry, wrong story.
It has been said that starting pitchers feed off each other. Not like a cannibal, but more along the lines of one's success spurring on the next, and so on. Well Sunday New York Mets starter Johan Santana
put forth what was statistically the worst effort by any Met starting pitcher so far this season. Tonight against the Colorado Rockies, John Maine
(0-1) topped it. Good luck to Jon Niese in outdoing this disaster.
Maine actually got the 1st 2 batters in the bottom of the 1st inning out. I was feeling pretty good. Had just had a nice steak. Was sitting in a comfortable chair. Then Todd Helton
singled. Then Troy Tulowitzki
walked. Then Brad Hawpe
doubled, driving them both in for a 2-0 Rockies lead after 1 inning. Maine got through the bottom of the 2nd unscathed. It was only 2-0. Eminently doable. But then...
In the bottom of the 3rd the Mets unraveled. Helton walked. Tulowitzki singled. Then both Ryan Spilborghs
and Miguel Olivo
struck out and it looked like Maine might get out of it. But no. Ian Stewart
hit a sharp ground ball toward first base which Fernando Tatis
barely moved toward and missed, and it rolled into right field for an RBI single. To be fair it is possible that Tatis was screened by the baserunner in front of him. But then Stewart stole 2nd. Then Clint Barmes
hit a line shot off of Maine's foot, which he ran to pick up in front of the mound and then made an off-balance throw to first base which rolled down the right field line for an error. Two runs scored on the play. Then Colorado starting pitcher Greg Smith
(1-0) hit an RBI double. Then Seth Smith
(no relation) hit a 2-run homer. It was 8-0 Rockies after 3 innings. There were 6 innings remaining, but it was game over.
Some things that perhaps could be described as noteworthy happened after that. Raul Valdes
threw 2 scoreless innings of relief. Jenrry Mejia
followed with a scoreless inning of his own. Then the Mets bullpen's 16 1/3 inning scoreless streak came to an end when Fernando Nieve
issued a bases loaded walk, one of 3 walks he gave up in 1/3 of an inning. Also somewhere in there David Wright
(2) hit a solo home run. Unfortunately just prior to it Luis Castillo
was called out, although he appeared on replay to be safe, ill-advisedly trying to stretch a single into a double down 8-0. Ultimately it was Rockies 11, Mets 3.Box score