Despite going 1-2 this week in Denver, there are still some positives that can be had. I really like the way Mike Pelfrey has been throwing the ball. He had a wonderful game today, going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 BBs, and 6 Ks. The number that really sticks out to you is the 0 walks. Mike has had trouble throughout his short career with walking batters. In his first start, he did have 4 BBs, but stayed ahead of the count very nicely, this afternoon. He also became the first Mets starter this year to pitch into the 7th inning. No other starter has looked even half as good as Pelfrey so far, this year.
Jeff Francoeur has continued his blazing start. In the series against the Rockies, he went 4 for 11. While Wright has looked solid and Bay has been….well, there, it is Francoeur who has been the consistent threat in the lineup.
The Mets bullpen has also looked very solid this week, only allowing 4 runs in 11+ innings. Other than Nieve (who has 1 bad outing in 6 appearances) and Jenrry Mejia (who may be in over his head right now), everyone in the bullpen has been very solid.
I really, really want to like Jon Niese. He has looked…ok. I like a lot of his pitching and the way he handles himself, but he just gets beaten up by that one batter every game and it ruins his outing. In both of his outings, he’s looked like he was figuring it out and almost making it through his 5 or 6 innings and then just gets caught. He got bailed out by an offense that finally scrapped together some runs. Otherwise, he would be 0-2. Hopefully, he can finish his next start stronger.
John Maine is on his last straw. He looked awful on Tuesday. Gave up 1st inning runs, despite getting the first 2 hitters out. That seems to be a theme with him. He seems to be almost out of an inning and just can’t close it out. His fastball isn’t where it used to be and his off-speed pitches don’t have the confidence, yet. But…after rushing a throw to 1st and allowing more runs to score on his own error…and barely making it through the 3rd…sigh. He’s got a chance…maybe 2…and then he’s got to be out of the rotation. It’s that bad.
Are you telling me that the best we can do at 1st base is Mike Jacobs or Fernando Tatis? That has to be a joke. Tatis was a nice story 2 years ago…and he was…ok…last year, but the time has come. Give a kid a chance. Or someone else. I am done with Tatis. And Jacobs…is just terrible. He is 3 of 18 this year. Put Cora at 1st…or Angel Pagan (if Beltran ever gets back). Call up Nick Evans…just not Mike Jacobs.
My last rant is going to be on scoring runs. We seem to be the same team as last year (in which we lead the league in BA but were 11th (?) in runs). We can get guys on base. We draw walks or get hits (sometimes), but we do stupid things on the base paths. For example: David Wright came up today with no out and Reyes and Castillo on 2nd and 1st respectively. Castillo was thrown out on a botched double steal -where Reyes didn’t run but Castillo did. And then Reyes was thrown out at 3rd, trying to steal. When Wright stuck out, he was the 3rd out after coming to the plate with 0 outs. I mean…what? How does that happen? And that’s just one example. We are horrible at getting runners over and using outs productively, not to mention hitting with RISP. Coming into today, the Mets were something like .175 with RISP. That would be last in the NL…obviously. I am starting to think this is on Manuel. Its almost like Herm Edwards and Time Clock management with the Jets back in 2004. Some of these principles are very basic in baseball and this team is almost clueless on the base paths and manufacturing runs. Hopefully, they will figure something out in St Louis, tomorrow…
Friday, 8:15pm, Busch Stadium, Perez vs. Carpenter…