Tagged: Bobby Parnell

All Aboard the Maine Traine…

 

john-maine.jpgJohn Maine takes the Mets through another pitcher’s duel.  Today was probably Maine’s best performance of the year.  He was throwing the ball very nicely, getting a lot of first pitch strikes.  Unfortunately, after warming up for the 7th inning, it looked like he may have strained his side (or something to that affect) and Manuel was not going to take any chances with his blossoming young right-hander.  He yanked him out in favor of Pedro Feliciano.  In all, Maine went 6 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  Maine is probably the Mets pitcher that loves the 16 foot wall in left to left-center the most.  Again, today, he had another ball kept in the yard by a foot or so.  In such a big park, he can be more aggressive with his fastball and not be worried about giving up HRs. 

Feliciano came in to relieve Maine and did another wonderful job.  He is kind of a lost man/unsung hero for the Metsies this year.  Parnell is now established as the 7th inning guy (and today saved Putz in the 8th).  Obviously we know about Putz and K-Rod.  But Feliciano has done very well, lately.  He has given up only 1 hit and 0 runs in his last 8 appearances (6 innings).  Other than the 2 HRs to Utley in early May, he has completely dominated left-handers, striking out 13 in 44 ABs and holding them to a .136 clip.  I know he doesn’t get a lot of press, so here’s to you, Pedro!

JJ Putz, however, stuggled today and was chased in his hold attempt in the 8th, allowing 2 hits and 2 runs in 1/3 an inning.  Parnell came on to relieve Putz, and after allowing a run-scoring single to Han Ram, he K’ed Cantu and got Hermida to fly out to left.  K-Rod came in to slam the door shut in the 9th, notching his 14th save.

There are the kind of games the Mets need to win.  They simply do not have to power or hitting to score 4 or 5+ runs on a consistent basis.  Today, they only got 7 total hits and 4 of the came with RISP.  Unfortunately, that is going to be how it has to be until we get some stars off the DL and everyone is hitting again.  Pagan, F-Mart, and Santos all had RBI doubles today.  Pagan had to leave the game in the middle of the game with a strained groin.  That’s very unfortunate as he was just starting to find his groove.

 

Injury Bugs:

  • Carlos Beltran missed Sunday’s game with a “stomach virus”…
  • The latest report I found was that Maine came out of the game due to a “stomach virus,” as well…who is feeding these people?
  • Han Ram roared back into this series, going 3 for 4 with an RBI single, today…
  • Angel Pagan, who left the game in favor of Jeremy Reed, is also listed as day-to-day…it seems that half of the Mets are day-to-day…
  • Zack Greinke pitched again today.  Maybe his worst outing of the the year (and again, not terrible).  He went 7 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 0 BBs, and 7 Ks.  With the Royals and White Sox tied at 4 in the 8th, Greinke will get a no-decision.  His ERA is now 1.10.
  • I’m not a huge Nadal fan at all, so the French Open has just become a lot more interesting to me…

 

Monday, 7:05, PNC Park, Hernandez vs. Snell…  

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welcomehome.jpgThis is the type of game that the Mets needed…sort of.  After a long road trip, coming home to a nice, over-powering game against a team they should beat.  For the most part, it went according to plan.  John Maine looked very good on the mound.  He was visably frustrated after giving up a 2 out RBI single to Wil Nieves with the pitcher on deck.  That was, however, the only run he would surrender.  He pitched 6 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 3 BBs and 4 Ks.  Other than an extremely long bottom of the 6th, I assume he would have at least started the 7th.  Maine has pitched very well  this year, especially after his 1st 2 starts.  He got his 4th win of the year.  He has also been lowering his ERA steadily over the past month or so.  Two starts ago, the bullpen blew his shot at a win against the Giants and today is almost happened again…

Bobby Parnell was not at all accurate tonight, pitching in the 7th inning.  He allowed a hit and 3 BBs in 1/3 of an inning.  JJ Putz also came in and messed around in the 8th, allowing a hit and another couple of walks.  K-Rod also allowed a couple of base runners before finally setting down the Nats for his MLB-tying 13th save.  Through all of the walks and hits given up by the bullpen, only 1 run came in for Washington.  That was charged to Parnell in the 7th.  It also didn’t help for Washington that they hit 1 for 10 with RISP and stranded 13 runners on base…

The Mets also hit better Monday night.  Castillo, Beltran, and Sheffield each had 2 hits.  Wright went 0 for 1, but drew 3 BBs.  Tatis also finally got a hit.  He was 0 for his last 13…he was also robbed a couple times tonight.  In the 6th, Sheffiled hit a HR to left field.  They has to review it…and it took a while.  But, it was held up as a HR.  The Mets are now 3-0 in replay reviews. 

 

Things to Wonder About:

  • The Mets have now had a HR replay review in the last 3 games…and gone 3-0!!
  • Reyes and Church didn’t play again…there’s rumors that Reyes will play “tomorrow,” but we’ve been hearing that for a week or more.  Everyday, I check the Gameday when it comes out, hoping to see Reyes at short and leading off, but to no avail…there’s still no word on Church, and I’m not holding my breath…
  • The Mets grounded into 3 double plays…in the first 5 innings
  • There were 16 total walks in the game…
  • Ramon Martinez didn’t make any mistakes in the field…and he got an RBI on a Sac Fly
  • The Mets have now hit 30 HRs in 44 games…that’s 29th in the Majors…
  • At one point, Monday night, the Rays took 20 pitches in a row against the Indians.  At one point, the Rays were up 10-0.  The Indians scored 7 runs in the bottom on the 9th and won 11-10.

 

Tuesday, 7:10, Citi Field, Hernandez vs. Stammen…