With the game tied at 4 in the late innings, JJ Putz was looking to shut down the Cardinals 1-2-3. Instead, he watched a fly ball not only sail over left fielder Daniel Murphy’s head, but watched Murphy slip to the ground after he failed to read the angle of the fly ball.
I said this before the season and I will say it again: Murphy was overhyped in the first place. Now, everyone who called me silly and those who fail to realize that Spring Training doesn’t define who you are, now are facing the reality and truth that Murphy is inexperienced. He only came into the majors in the last couple months of last year, and now all of a sudden is expected to be a starting left fielder? Right…
That mistake by Murphy was easily the turning point of the game, as the Cardinals went on to score two more runs, making it a total of six unanswered following the Mets’ blown 4-0 lead held into the fifth.
Of course, Oliver Perez went from one extreme to the other. Tell me something I don’t know. Perez was cruising through the first four innings, then was hit by a train in the fifth by Albert Pujols and co., blowing the 4-0 lead entirely.
With the score tied at 4 in the eighth inning, Carlos Beltran had just pulled into third when the ball ricocheted to the area near the pitchers’ mound. Beltran saw the ball and jumped off the base, sprinting for home immediately, appearing he would easily be safe until Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina blocked the base and tagged Beltran to end the inning. A missed opportunity for the Mets, but coming in a situation where Beltran shouldn’t have ran anyway. On the same token, the Mets did have two outs and not much room to work with. Either way, he took a gamble and lost.
It seems no matter how well the Mets fix their pitching in the offseason, they still are not able to find a way to get through a game without blowing a lead in some way or another. This time, it was the outfield’s fault. Next time, who knows?
The Mets continue their series with St. Louis tomorrow night at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time, before concluding the series on Thursday with a 1:40 p.m. start.