Tagged: Tim Redding

The Losing Streak Ends…Barely

 

sigh.jpgAfter starting June 0-3, the Mets finally put one in the win column.  With another patchwork lineup and get-me-by pitching, the Mets eeked one out in DC against the hapless Nationals.

Tim Redding started and threw his best outing of the year.  Redding, in his first game back in his old stomping grounds, went 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 BBs, and 2 Ks.  He did not get the win, but he kept the Mets in the game.  Given the 4 above average starters the Mets have, if Redding can go 5 or more innings and give the Mets a chance, that is as much as the organization can ask. 

The offense, however, must have stayed in Pittsburgh.  Redding was in line to get his first win of the year, when in the top of the 5th, Brian Schneider doubled under the glove of Adam Dunn with Fernando Martinez on 1st.  That led to runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.  Tim Redding and Alex Cora each grounded out and Luis Castillo flew out to left.  Both runners were left on base.  The Nationals scored in the bottom of the 5th and tied the game.  I blame Redding not getting the win on the lack of offense.  With this lineup, runs need to be scored when hits aren’t necessary.  The Mets have had absolutely no power, so they can’t sit around waiting for a 3-run homer.  Productive outs are essential.  They got away with it today, but until Reyes and Delgado come back, the Mets will need to take advantage of any scoring opportunity they can create.

 

Hits and Misses:

  • David Wright was the offense, tonight.  He went 4 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored.  He also had 2 doubles.  Hopefully, he will continue on this “power surge.”  His biggest hit of all was a double into the right-center gap, plating 2 runs to give the Mets a 3-1 lead in the 10th inning.
  • Other than Wright…no one seemed to hit the ball.  If you take away Wright, the Mets had 4 hits.  They went 1 for 11 with RISP and left 10 on base.
  • Cristian Guzman had almost half of the Nats 7 hits, with 3.
  • The Nationals are last in MLB in ERA with a 5.61 mark.  That is .33 higher than the Indians who are in 29th place.
  • The Mets have now evened their Extra Innings record at 3-3…
  • Zack Greinke got wrecked again, Friday.  He only went 5 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 1 BB, and 3 Ks…the Royals are also not doing so hot.  They have lost 8 in a row, not winning since Greinke’s last win…
  • To top off a great win by the Metsies, the Dodgers put a feather in my cap.  Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, the next 3 Dodgers reached base and Andre Ethier lined a shot into the right field corner scoring 2 to end the Phillies winning streak at 7…

 

Saturday, 7:05, Nationals Park, Maine vs. Lannan… 

Stacked Deck…

The Mets had the odds stacked against the today.  Part of it was the natural turn in the rotation and part of it was a managerial move by Jerry Manuel.

1.  Josh Johnson pitched for the Marlins.  He had been 5-0 against the Mets, coming into Saturday’s game.  He proved to live up to his reputation by going 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 BBs, and 5 Ks.  He pitched with no fear and went right after the Mets hitters.  Johnson got a lot of soft ground balls, which he normally gets when he is on his game.  The bullpen made the game interesting in the 9th inning, but was able to lock the game down, 7-3.

 

2.  Tim Redding took the mound for the Mets.  Redding has been up and down in his couple of starts.  Either way, he is definitely the #5 starter for NY.  Redding is way off of his game today, only goin 4+, 8 hits, 7 runs, 2 BBs, and 2 Ks.  He is now 0-2 in his 3 starts.  After looking promising in his start against the Dodgers, a week and a half ago, Redding has gone consistently downhill since.  It will be interesting to see how the Mets manage this situation with him.  All of the other 4 starters have been very good, but it seems no one is taking a hold of the last spot.  I think Redding will get another shot, but it also wouldn’t be surprising to see someone else get a chance.  Perhaps the newcomer in Buffalo, Broadway?

3.  With the pitching matchup set, Manuel decided to rest his 3/4 of his most consistent hitters.  Wright, Sheffield, and Castillo all sat today.  The offense did not look good at all as the Mets did not mount a serious big inning threat until the 9th.  I actually didn’t mind Manuel doing this because Sheff and Wright need days off sometimes.  And no one on the Mets was having much success against Johnson, anyway (except Tatis, who got the 1st Met RBI).  So, he might as well, “give” the game to the Marlins and hope to catch lightning in a bottle with all of the backups.  If you happen to stay in the game and somehow beat Johnson or get to the bullpen, great.  If not, well, the chances of beating him weren’t overly positive, anyway.  And, some people get some more playing time.  Not a terrible move at all. 

 

A Couple Memories:

  • F-Mart got his first couple hits in the Majors, today.  He also tacked on another RBI.  It should be interesting to see how much he plays, given that Sheffield is a necessary part of the lineup and Pagan in playing well…
  • Wilson Valdez got his first hit as a Met in the 9th inning…
  • Fernando Tatis committed his first error of the year, playing 3rd for David Wright.  That error broke the 4 game error-less streak for the Mets…
  • Ken Takahashi did a great job in relief, going 3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 BB, and 2 Ks.  He saved many of the regulars in the bullpen and gave them an extra day off…

 

Sunday, 1:10, Citi Field, Volstad vs. Maine… 

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…

E 5…

Well, a pitching performace it was.  Both starters executed very well and had their opponents at bay.  Randy Wolf worked into the 8th before exiting with a runner on 2nd and Gary Sheffield due up.  Perhaps, he should have stayed in as Wade could not retire Sheffield and Angel Pagan raced home from 2nd on Sheffield’s ground ball to shallow right field, tying the game at 2.  Tim Redding also looked very impressive in his Mets debut.  After a shaky 1st inning where he gave up 2 runs on a hit, Redding settled down and worked a very solid 6 innings.  I believe he could have gone longer, but his place in the order came up in the 7th and Manuel elected to “quit while he was ahead.” 

The Mets, who had scored 24 runs in their first 3 games on this road trip, have been stymied by some quality pitching the last couple games.  They were shut out on Sunday night and scored only 2 runs on Monday night.  The worst part about it is that they don’t seem to be hitting the ball very hard.  No Met had made very good contact on Sunday until Tatis in the 7th.  Tonight, they had a few solidly hit balls, but not to the extent we’ve been seeing over the last few weeks.

 

LA Cars in Traffic:

  • Foot problems again plague the Mets, as Ryan Church skips 3rd base.  With 2 outs in the 11th inning and RC on 1st, Angel Pagan hits a ball deep into the right center gap and Church could walk home.  However, he skipped over 3rd instead of touching it.  The Dodgers appealed and won.  He could have walked home…I don’t understand why he wouldn’t have stopped and just touched it.  Pagan ended up at 3rd, so Church would have had time…the game was all but lost on that play.
  • If you think that was fun, you’ll love this.  With a runner on 1st and no out, Xavier Paul hit a fly ball to left center and Pagan and Beltran were there and neither one caught it.  What an inning…It reminds me exactly of the opening game against the Cardinals when Beltran missed home and the Murphy fell down in left…
  • It get better…After the bases were loaded in the 11th with no out (forcing the Mets to use Beltran as a 5th infielder), Stokes gets a shallow fly ball to left field for an out.  Then, gets a ground ball to 1st that should seemingly end the inning, but Jeremy Reed throws the ball over Castro’s head, allowing the winning run to score…Stokes was absolutely pissed and I don’t blame him an ounce.  He got himself out of the toughest jam in baseball and absolutely no one helped him out…these games happen (I guess), but championship-caliber teams don’t screw up THAT many times in a row in THAT many clutch situations…
  • Jose Reyes missed another game with that calf…Alex Cora was put on the DL with a torn ligament in his thumb…Ramon Martinez was called up from Buffalo and arrived 15 minutes before the game started.
  • 8 of the 11 Mets hits were with 2 outs…nice to see, but would also like the rally to begin a little earlier…
  • Angel Pagan had his first career 4-hit game…

 

Tuesday, 10:10, Dodger Stadium, John Maine vs. Chad Billingsley…