Rapid Reaction: Reds 4, Mets 3
May, 20, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
Jeremy Hefner has some company in the Mets' 0-5 club.
Shaun Marcum became the second Mets starter to fall to 0-5 this year, as he got the loss in the Reds' 4-3 win at Citi Field on Monday.
The Mets are now 1-14 in games in which Marcum and Hefner have appeared this year. They are 16-11 in all their other games.
WINLESS: Marcum had an interesting night, as it looked like he would not make it out of the first inning when Cincinnati jumped on him for three runs in the first frame. He settled down after that and pitched quite well the rest of the game, giving up just one more run -- a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the sixth -- that put the Reds ahead 4-3. Marcum hasn't pitched well this year, but he showed some signs of improvement Monday. The Mets are now 1-5 in games he's appeared in, and 1-4 in games he's started.
GOOD CALL: Terry Collins placed Marlon Byrd in the lineup to take advantage of his stellar career numbers against Johnny Cueto (6-for-11). Byrd made the manager look like a smart man when he crushed a three-run homer in the third inning to tie the game 3-3. Byrd also walked in his first at-bat against Cueto and is now 7-for-13 in his career against him.
ROUGH TIMES: Ike Davis went 0-for-3 and has just one hit in last 33 at-bats. Davis was pulled from the game after the sixth inning in a double-switch. He had a good at-bat in his first trip to the plate, getting robbed of a hit by Brandon Phillips, but he struck out in his final two at-bats. In the field, his obstruction in the first inning cost the Mets an out and a run. Nothing is going right for the young first baseman, who heard boos after his strikeouts in the third and sixth innings.
GOODBYE: Collins and reliever LaTroy Hawkins both got ejected after the top of the seventh. Hawkins seemed annoyed that home plate umpire Tom Hallion ruled Phillips had been hit by a pitch, when it seemed the pitch hit the bat. He barked at Hallion as he walked off the mound after the frame and got tossed. Collins came out right after Hawkins' ejection and suffered the same fate.
UP NEXT: The Mets will try to even this series against the Reds when Jonathon Niese (3-4, 5.40) faces Mike Leake (3-2, 3.72) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.