Tagged: Alex Cora

Rough Day at Fenway…

This game had 2 halves…literally.  Before the middle of the 5th and after the middle of the 5th.  Well, obviously, that is how all games go.  But today, the Mets seemed like 2 different team…one in each half.  The took a 5-3 lead in the 5th inning.  Everyone, up and down the lineup, was hitting.  Nobody was hitting overly well.  But, everyone was contributing.  Even Tim Redding was looking strong.  He made one bad pitch to Mike Lowell that was hit over the Green Monster.  He also walked a few batters, but he was controlling the Red Sox lineup, for the most part.  After David Wright flew out to deep center and Carlos Beltran tagged from 2nd and went to 3rd, the game changed. 

The Mets had a 5-3 lead and runners on 1st and 3rd with only one out.  This is where the game hangs in the balance and a team can take complete control or they can allow the other team to hang around.  Reed struck out and Castro popped out, ending the threat.  Redding got through the first 2 hitters quickly before the trouble started.  Four consecutive hits for the Red Sox with 2 outs plated 3 runs and it was 6-5.  From there, it just snowballed.  The Sox threw up 6 more runs in the next 2 innings and it was done.  12-5, final.  After that Wright Sac Fly, the Mets got one more hit (a Castro double in the 8th).

 

Bottom Line(s):

  • The Mets are still over-matched in most cases.  With Jose Reyes out of the lineup and Ramon Martinez in the field, it is almost like they are down 2 guys.  While they have gone 5-5 w/o Jose, they need him back in order to continue making progress.  Losing Alex Cora has hurt more than anyone would have thought a couple of months ago…If Murphy can hit between .270 and .290 (he’s currently at .248), he will be a viable option at 1st.  He’s looking more and more comfortable there.  I think he needs to be in the infield. As an infielder who has had to play outfield, I know the feeling…
  • This game was coming.  The Mets have been in every game on this road trip and even stole a couple…maybe even games they should have been blown out of.  But, against this quality of an opponent, they were going to get trashed at some point.  Take your lumps and be ready again, tomorrow. 
  • Ken Takahashi had one of the weirdest plays I have ever seen.  In the middle of his wind up, he dropped the ball.  So…he followed through with no ball.  The ball, apparently, started rolling towards 3rd.  That would be a balk (a runner was on 1st).  That’s 4 balks on this road trip.  Is that a record?  Should be…
  • K-Rod ran out to the bullpen today in the middle of the game…that is a great sign because A) He ran B) He might have been able to pitch…
  • All things considered: Church, Reyes, Sheffield, K-Rod getting injured; 4 balks; 6 runs in the middle 4 games, Fernando Tatis playing short for the 1st time since the 1900’s, going Coast-to-Coast against 3 +.500 teams…I think a 5-5 record is something to be positive about…

 

Monday, 7:10, Citi Field, Lannan vs. Maine…

David, the Giant-killer…Parts 3 and 4

So, I spent most of the weekend at a charity event for Mott Children’s Hospital that was put on by key members of the 1997 Michigan National Champion football team ( http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/football/index.ssf/2009/05/michigan_football_charity_week.html ).  It was an unreal experience in many ways that included pictures and conversations with most of the “who’s who” of Michigan Football in the last 15 years.  There aren’t enough words to describe it…but, I still have to say something about the Mets.

Saturday:

Santana pitched and finally proved himself to be human.  He actually allowed runs.  He did, however, still give innings, which gave him the win.  He went 7 innings, 11 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), 0 BBs, and 7 Ks.  Not a terrible performance by any means…but not a “Santana” performance.  Thank God we scored runs…a lot.  The 1st inning started with a bang and before anyone blinked, we were up 3-0.  The Giants battled back twice.  Making it 3-3 and 7-6 (after another Mets run that put them up 7-3).  But the Giants bullpen was out done by the Met offense tacked on 2 more in the 9th.  JJ Putz made his 1st appearance of the series, collecting his 1st save as a Met.  9-6, Final.

 

Sunday:

It seemed that everything the Mets did was either wrong or played perfectly into the Giants hand.  The Mets did not hit a ball hard until the 7th inning and Fernando Tatis’s line drive was caught by the young stud at 3rd, Pablo Sandoval.  Two times, also, the Mets had easy RBI situations (bases loaded, no out in the 2nd and 2nd and 3rd, no out in the 8th).  Both times, the Mets could not find a productive out and scored in neither inning.  Double plays were key in both.  2-0, Final.  He pitched fine…other than his 3 balks.  He really did not look comfortable on the mound, at all.  But, he did give 6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 BBs, and 2 Ks.  Overall, he gave the Mets a chance to win and lowered his ERA again.  I feel very comfortable with him on the mound.  It was a tough-luck loss.  Matt Cain pitched well, too…when he could find the strike zone.  Cain surrendered 3 hits in 5 innings, walking 5, but striking out 2.  He improved to 4-1, while Pelfrey fell to 4-1.  The Mets took the first 3 in the series, and you’re going to have games like this.  I am fine with going 3-1 in San Francisco. 

 

Sensible Notations (hopefully):

  • I am very, very tired, so I hope some of this makes sense…
  • Jose Reyes missed the entire series with a calf issue…I am now beginning to worry a little bit…
  • Alex Cora got hurt on his game-leadoff double…Fernando Tatis had to play short…we are now out of short-stops…
  • The Mets were shut out for the 1st time this year, on Sunday…
  • The last time a pitcher balked 3 times in an MLB game was when Al Leiter did in 1994 with the Toronto Blue Jays…
  • David Wright is truly a Giant-killer…in the series, he went 10 for 15 with 7 RBI and 4 BBs
  • Roy Halladay won again today, making him 8-1…also, there was an interesting situation in the Rays/Indians game, where Joe Maddon accidentally put down 2 third basemen in his lineup and ended up having to use starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine in the 3 hole and not have Evan Longoria in the lineup…he went 1 for 3 with an RBI and got the win…I love baseball…

 

Monday, 10:10, Dodger Stadium, Tim Redding vs. Randy Wolf…