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Ending on a Rocky Mountain High…

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…

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Last Chance…

So, I don’t really have a particular way I write after games.  I’ve tried to give my opinion sometimes and do recaps other times.  Sometimes, I do a bit of both.  Well, today I can’t write a recap.  That was just too frustrating…

Losing to the Braves always just burns deep inside me.  Yeah, I love beating the Yankees and Phillies, but I always want to beat the Braves.  So, to start, these are the reasons why Wednesday’s loss was very frustrating:

  1. Last game on a homestand before a 10 day road trip
  2. Faced an opposing Starter who had lost 9 games in a row
  3. Had a lead going into the 7th inning
  4. Had the winning run at 2nd in the 9th and 10th innings
  5. Had the tying run on 3rd with less than 2 outs in the 12th

 

That being said, it was a tough game that was played tightly and the Braves just made one more play.  Over the course of the year, you lose games like this, sometimes.  In fact, the Mets probably “should have” lost the game on Tuesday but stole it away.  Games like Wednesday suck, but they can’t let it turn into a losing streak.  John Maine has been pitching well and hopefully he can come out strong Thursday night. 

One thing I would like to discuss is Jon Niese being taken out.  Not that it would have mattered in the long run (probably), but I would have left him in and see if he could fight his way out.  First of all, it was a scoring fest, so runs were not hard to come by.  Plus, its the 5th inning, give him a chance for the win.  If he doesn’t, oh well.  You have time to come back.  Also, he’s a young kid.  Even though Stokes did get out of the jam, it wouldn’t have benefited Niese at all.  He’d just be thinking that he couldn’t get through the 5th.  I guess its all a moot point.  I just figure give Niese a chance.

Also, I have to harp on this.  In the 12th, Reyes NEEDS to score.  On 3rd with less than 1 out…that is what frustrated me the most.  Beltran is the #3 hitter and he has to at least hit a fly ball.  If they went 1, 2, 3…it happens.  But do the little things right.  Kind of ironic that Beltran swung at the bad pitch and Sheffield took the good one?  Anyway, let’s head West…

 

Plane Points:

  • The Mets grounded into 4 double plays…including one in extras
  • JJ Putz has given up a run 4 of his lst 6 outings…I know he’s the 8th inning guy, but…maybe a give him one opportunity off…
  • Pedro Feliciano had probably his most impressive outing this year.  He’s a lefty specialist and he pitched 1 2/3 innings, including getting out of Sean Green’s jam…
  • Maybe put Stokes back in the “long relief” role…it kind of makes me nervous having a lefty in that role
  • Tatis had a great day at the plate, going 3 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBI and a run scored…with Delgado potentially going on the DL in the next couple days, it seems we may have a bat to replace his
  • Jordan Zimmerman has his 30 game hit streak snapped today…
  • I missed this yesterday: Roy Halladay won again, making him 7-1…

 

Thursday, 10:15, AT&T Park, Maine vs. Sanchez…

The Bats and the Pelfrey

 

batsbelfry.jpgMike Pelfrey made his 4th start of the year for the Mets, tonight.  He, again, was on the precipus of something great, but couldn’t quite pull through and complete what he started.  He did, however, pitch well enough to qualify for the win (including his 8th hit of his career and 2 RBI).  He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs (all earned), but he walked 4 and struck out 0.  I still get excited when Big Pelf pitches.  He has tremendous potential and gets a lot of ground balls.  He’s still going to need to cut down on walks and miss more bats, but I think he is coming around.  The bullpen looked very solid, as well.  Pedro Feliciano did allow a HR to Utley in the 7th, but got 5 other outs and took care of some tough lefties.  Putz and K-Rod did their jobs in their respective 8th and 9th innings.  Although K-Rod and Feliciano did each throw a lot of pitches (keeping the entire weekend in perspective). 

The offense for the Mets also held their end of the bargain, getting 9 hits and scoring 7 runs.  They wrecked Chan Ho Park over his ineffective 4 1/3 innings.  Park did not help his own cause by issuing an alarming 6 BBs.  It was not one Met who did the damage; rather, the team used their hits wisely and drove each other in.  Fernando Tatis continued his dominance over CHP, going 2 for 4 with a BB and 2 runs scored.  Tatis has been very successful in filling the role for Delgado, who has missed his 4th straight game.  Castillo also missed tonight.  Santos continued his solid play by going 1 for 2 and driving in a run with a great piece of hitting on a hit-and-run.  Hopefully, the team can carry their momentum into the rest of the weekend, as taking 1 out of 3 games from the Phillies is not enough.

 

  Things to Watch This Weekend (and a couple points):

  • Bulls/Celtics Game 7 Saturday night…
  • Crosby (Pens)/Ovechkin (Caps) Saturday afternoon…
  • Kentucky Derby Saturday later afternoon…
  • Tiger Woods at Quail Hallow, Saturday and Sunday afternoons…
  • Heat/Hawks Game 7, Sunday afternoon…
  • David Wright has a great night at the plate on Friday.  He hit the ball solidly, all night.  Maybe he is starting to come out of his slump.  He faces a left-hander in Moyer on Saturday.  Normally, Wright tears up lefties…
  • I had my Master’s Graduation Ceremony tonight.  It was a lot of fun and several people came into town to see me.  Thank you to my family (Mom, Jim, Auntie Dell, and Oma).  Also, thank you to Lisa and Tony who even stayed through the reception.  You guys are great!  I’ve enjoyed my time here at U of M and it was a great way to end my academic career!

 

Saturday afternoon, Citizens Bank Ballpark, 3:40pm, Perez vs. Moyer… 

A Bullpen Mess…and an “Automatic” move that went “Manuel”…

 

mess.jpgSo, I guess it was going to happen at some point (bullpen).  I saw most of yesterday’s game…but none of today’s.  I read some of the boxscores and got text updates.  Ok…here goes:

 

Last Night

Well, Livan pitched well.  Ah…well enough to keep us in it into the 6th.  I will take that from our 5th starter.  Jorge Cantu just got sickly hot and wreaked a lot of havoc on everyone.  Sean Green just looked terrible.  He was behind hitters all night.  And threw Cantu a fat pitch that went too far.  That’s his second pretty bad outing in the last week.  I would not be surprised to see his 7th inning spot go to Bobby Parnell.  Parnell got himself into trouble, as well, but clamly pitched out of it to preserve the lead.  The offense, again, looked strong early on, but failed to do much later in the game.  They really are going to need to get runs in when possible, b/c they are not blowing teams out at all (other than a game or 2). 

 

Wednesday Afternoon:

Ok, I missed this game because of work, but I got texts and heard about it.  As tough as it was Tuesday night, I  deal with that.  Sometimes, a reliever just has a bad night and that’s it.  But, AFTER one of those game, people need to take care of business.  Especially at home.  And after a loss.  And when you are playing a tough division team.  The Mets, as a team, are playing soft.  They don’t have that Phillies “Never Say Die” Attitude.  It’s like watching and emotional teenage girl.  So, Santana pitched another great game.  Going 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs, walking 3, but striking out 7.  They are money games that need to be in the bag.  I know the rotation has looked better this last time through, but I’m not holding my breath.  And when your ace gives you that and you “Putz” it up…it just gets unacceptable.  BUT…despite ALL of that…I have one more rant.  In the bottom of the 9th, down by 1, Sheff and Beltran get walks.  So, 1st and 2nd, nobody out for Wright.  Now, normally, have him swing away.  But…he’s not quite “Wright.”  (pun intended)  THIS SCREAMS BUNT SITUATION!!!!  Why would you not?  2nd and 3rd, one out?  They’d have to walk Church and then you have 2 chances to win and 1 chance to get it done WITHOUT a hit!!!!  Instead, Wright Ks (on 3 pitches) and then it goes downhill.  Church grounds out, Tatis is hit, and Santos pops out.   The Marlins were giving the game away…I just don’t know what to say, anymore.  File this under a stupid loss that you can excuse and blame away, but not only did the players lose it on the field…it was lost in the dugout.  I’m glad they are off tomorrow…I need a day off…

 

Frustrated Grunts:

  • File this under a “Santana Win that Wasn’t”…let the official count be at 1
  • I tried to watch some of “Seventh Heaven” Tuesday night…Game 7 between the Caps and Rangers…props to Fedorov for his GWG…great game!  Go Caps!  But, no channel in the US would show the ‘Canes/Devils?  WTF?  Too bad about that game…Marty Brodeur giving up 2 goals in 80 seconds to lose Game 7 in Jersey?  Not good…
  • Too bad for CP3…love you, man!  I was rooting for you, but the Nuggets are good.  Bring it again, next year!! 
  • 1 for 11 with RISP?  14 LOB? (shoots self in face)
  •  Fernando Tatis is responding to more playing time: Today, 3 for 4, RBI, 2 runs…

 

No game tomorrow…Friday in Philly…Pelfrey vs. Park…7:05…unfortunately, I will miss that game, as I have my Master’s Graduation Ceremony!  Go Blue!!