Game 98: Loss

Astros 8 Mets 4

It could’ve been a sweep …

After beating the ‘stros in the first two games, and coming out like gangbusters against ace Roy Oswalt with three runs in the first, it looked as though the Mets might be playing janitor on the Houstoners.

But it was not to be.

Rookie Mike Pelfrey struggled with his command, giving up five runs and the lead before leaving the game. The Astros’ bullpen silenced the Mets bats the rest of the way, and that was all she wrote.

Notes

Carlos Delgado is officially hot. He went two-for-two with another home run and lately, even his outs have been smashes. Thank goodness.

Aaron Heilman, however, is still slumping. He gave up five hits and two more runs in an inning and two-thirds. One run scored as a result of his laziness in getting to first base with two out. I think it’s time to question whether Heilman is truly built for the bullpen. Sure, he did wonderfully last year, but it could have been due to his motivation to show the world how good he is. It’s possible that much of what he did in 2005 was part emotional, part adrenalin, and part greenies. He may be physically and mentally fatigued from pitching three or four times a week, and simply isn’t wired for that kind of repetition. I still say he’s the #3 starter the Mets are desperately looking for.

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.