Game 84: Win

Mets 5 Pirates 0

OK, I’ll admit it: my itchy finger was hovering on the panic button.

After getting swept by the Bosox, losing two of three from the Yanks, blown out by the lowly Pirates, and then barely beating the Pirates, the true Met fan inside of me started spewing doubt.

This game pushed the doubt aside … for now.

El Duque was brilliant, allowing four hits, two walks, and striking out seven. It was the type of performance we hope to see in October, as our #3 playoff starter. He could have easily finished the game and picked up a shutout, but Mr. Willie’s alarm clock went off at 100 pitches, and removed him after the snooze button alarmed him to 107.

The theory is that you need to “save” the pitcher so that he won’t be tired at the end of the season. Of course, this is nonsense: the less you do something, the less you’ll be able to do it in the future. It is absolutely baffling that pitching in baseball is the only action in all of sport where the professionals are limited in their repetition. Every other athlete in every other sport uses a conditioning program of “building up” their endurance, so that they can go further, and stronger, later in the season. The dope-smoking pitching coaches are the only ones who choose to do the opposite. And the arm injuries and surgeries have gone UP in the last 20 years. Imagine that?

Anyway, I digress …

As stated, Orlando Hernandez was marvelous, Chad Bradford perfect in his “bounceback” appearance, and Dirty Sanchez was his usual filthy self.

The only issue, if there was one, was the fact that the Mets did not get a hit after the first inning. Luckily, they scored five runs in the first, but were held hitless the rest of the way by Kip Wells — who is having an awful season so far — and some scrub with a 5+ ERA named John Grabow. WTF?

Notes

A clean-head-shaven Jose Lima was spotted “getting his work in” in the bullpen at the end of the game. Frightening.

Word is that there is an outside chance that Mike Pelfrey will get a start on Saturday if Pedro can’t go. Or, it’s LimaTime! Ugh.

David Wright took a well-deserved day off. He should come out like gangbusters in the next game.

Trax vs. some guy named Gorze-something. You know what that means … the Mets never saw him, therefore they’ll make him look like Sandy Koufax. Maybe we can pull out a 1-0 victory.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.