Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Midday Recap 4/17: That's two they wished they had back

Photo Courtesy: New York Mets

It's been a long 72 hours for the New York Mets.  After winning their game against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, they've had to endure two snowed-out games, leading to what was supposed to be a split doubleheader.  But after field crews at Coors Field were unable to remove 10 inches of snow before the scheduled 3:10p.m. first pitch, it became a traditional doubleheader, starting up at 5:10p.m.

It was two games the Mets wished they had back, as they led in both games.  In the first game, Dillon Gee got roughed up in the 5th inning, failing to protect the 4-2 lead he had at the time, when he loaded the bases and then walked in a run and gave up a 2-run single to Todd Helton, putting the Rockies in the lead.  They would go on to win 8-4.  

In the nightcap, the Mets had a 8-2 lead after a 5-run 5th inning.  Josh Edgin came in the bottom of the 5th, a strategic move to allow Laffey to come back to pitch Saturday against the Nationals.  Edgin surrendered 4 runs in the bottom of the inning, only getting one out.

But the real trouble came in the 8th inning, when a ground ball to Ruben Tejada that was supposed to end the inning got thrown way over the head of Ike Davis and into the Rockies dugout, allowing the tying two runs to come score.

The Rockies won in the 10th inning when a semi-intentional walk to Carlos Gonzalez would later come back to haunt them as he crossed the plate as the winning run, hit home by Jordan Pacheco. 

Instead of being 9-4, the Mets now find themselves one game over .500.

Troubling Stats
In both games of the doubleheader, Mets hitters failed to produce a run against the Colorado bullpen.  In addition, the Mets are now 3-4 on the road.  Hitters are going to have to find a way to correct this fast, especially with the upcoming series with the Nats that promises a showdown with Stephen Strasburg.  And while David Wright was able to keep the Mets home run streak going in the matinee, the streak came to a halt in the nightcap, ending at 12.

Tonight's Outlook
Things are not going to get any easier tonight with Jeremy Hefner on the mound for the Mets.  In his last outing, he gave up 5 runs in 3 innings, all earned, in a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Mets will have to figure Jon Garland out, who started in the Rockies 7-5 win over the Padres on April 12th.  Garland did not get the decision in the win, struck out four, but surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits, going 6 innings.  If the snow stays away, coverage will begin at 8:00PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio. Game has been postponed due to snow; no make-up date announced.

Four point swing
The New York Rangers would love to have their game against the Philadelphia Flyers back as well.  The Rangers dropped a 4-2 decision against the Flyers.  Steve Mason earned his first victory as a Flyer, stopping 38 of 40 shots.  About 40 minutes later, the Winnipeg Jets earned two points as they won in a shootout against the Tampa Bay Lightning, tying the Rangers with 46 points for the last playoff spot.  The Rangers do have the advantage, with a game-in-hand on the Jets.

Boston Pride
All eyes will be on Boston this evening as the Boston Bruins host the first sporting event in the city since the Boston Marathon on Monday.  For the city, it will be a chance to return to a sense of normalcy after this horrific event after the Bruins postponed their Monday game and the Celtics cancelled their Tuesday game.  The city of Boston did announce on Tuesday that the Boston Marathon will again run in 2014, which is a positive that the city is ready to move past this.

Live Sports Ahead
Tonight - NY Mets @ Colorado Rockies - 8:40PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio
Tomorrow - NY Mets @ Colorado Rockies - 3:10PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio

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