[sny-box color="fff"]The Cardinals scored three unearned runs, one after a error by David Wright in the fourth inning, one after a Scott Rice wild pitch in the seventh inning, and one after a botched double play by Daniel Murphy in the eighth inning.
Marcum pitched 6.2 innings, threw 96 pitches and let up two earned runs and five hits, while striking our three batters.
Mike Baxter, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis were a combined 2-for-20 with seven strikeouts.
The Mets have now lost a season-high six-games in a row... for the second time this year. They have lost 10 of 12, and 14 of their last 18 games, to drop nine games under .500 at the earliest point in a season since 2003.[/sny-box]
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Terry Collins said after the game that there is magic formula, the only way this team will start winning if they execute better; his team has been in more or less every game this year, it just can't get the big hit or finish when needed; the team is frustrated, they want to win and end this losing streak.
"I don't know what else to say," he said. "We've got to start driving in runs."
I think Keith Hernandez summed it up best when, after Rice's wild pitch, he sadly and slowly sighed in to the mic and said, 'Oh, boy.' He sounded genuinely depressed, and I think we all understand. I mean, if the hitting and pitching hasn't been bad enough already, tonight the defense and base running became an embarrassment The Mets cannot give other teams extra outs like this and expect to win with such a weak offense. It's an impossible task.
It's a shame, because Marcum pitched inside, worked quick, mixed his pitches well in different counts, he he kept his pitch count down and he had good command. He was everything I think Sandy Alderson had hoped to get from Marcum this season. Terry Collins said today that Marcum is feels the best he's felt all year, and then this happened. So, hopefully tonight marks a turning point in his season.
Rick Ankiel is going to strike out, swing at bad pitches and frustrate us beyond belief, but every now and then he's going to connect for a home run and, when he does, they'll be bombs like he dropped tonight. Huge and much-needed home run today, to say the least... and in front of his old fans, as well. Welcome to the Mets, Rick.
There is still 80% of the season yet to be played. I don't think the Mets will continue to play this style baseball the rest of this season. But, if they do, they're on pace to lose 100 games. Yes, 100.