Mets Game 71: Win Over Angels
Mets 5 Angels 4
After leading, losing, and tying, the Mets finally pulled out a win thanks to a solo homer by Damion Easley in the top of the tenth inning to take the rubber match, win the series, and give new manager Jerry Manuel his first win as Mets manager.
At one point in the game, the Mets led three-zip. They blew the lead, then tied it up against Francisco Rodriguez, who had converted 25 consecutive saves to that point. Actually, “they” didn’t do much of anything — this was the Jose Reyes Show. Reyes had three hits, scored three runs, hit a triple, and stole a base. He did get some help in the form of solo shots by Easley and Carlos Delgado, but the bottom line is, without Reyes, the Mets don’t have a chance in this contest.
Oliver Perez pitched OK, going six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks. Not great, but not bad, especially considering the appearances of Mr. Hyde lately.
In the bottom of the ninth, Fernando Tatis (playing first base) made a diving stab at a line drive off the bat of Reggie Willits, deflecting the drive to Damion Easley, who tossed out Willits at first with Duaner Sanchez covering. It made me wonder, “what if Carlos Delgado was playing first base?”. There have been so many balls that drifted by Delgado without so much as a second look, it makes me wonder how many led to eventual runs, and how many cost the Mets the game.
Speaking of, DH is a great spot for Delgado. I think the Mets should do the right thing and trade him to an AL team ASAP.
I had a hard time paying attention to this game. Maybe it was my lack of sleep since the 3 am firing of Willie 48 hours ago. Perhaps I’m feeling sympathetic jet lag for the men in orange and blue (not unlike couvade syndrome). Or perhaps I’ve thrown in the towel on the season, and therefore have little passion one way or the other. I think I’m just tired.
The SNY lovefest for Jerry Manuel must stop. I don’t know if it was an edict handed down from the Mets’ front office or genuine butt-kissing, but enough already. Manuel is not a demigod, and we don’t need to hear about how he’s affecting every single nuance of the game. For example, it was pointed out that Jose Reyes sprinted from home to second on a routine popup to shortstop. This is nothing new, and had nothing to do with the Reyes tantrum / Manuel scolding from the night before. Reyes has always been one of the few Mets who hustled all the time, despite being benched for “not hustling” in a game last July.
And please, Ron Darling, don’t add the nonsensical, irrelevant quip “Reyes gets a talking to last night and tonight gets three hits”. Reyes is hitting .313 for the month of June and was 10 for his last 21 in the five games immediately before Manuel took over the helm.
Oh gawd … about 15 minutes after I chide Darling, I have to hear similar bullcrap from Gary Cohen’s mouth. How it was so “fascinating” to see Reyes’ performance in this game one night after seeing the way Manuel handled Jose’s tantrum of the night before. PLEASE STOP REACHING FOR A STORY!!! I reiterate: Reyes was hitting close to .500 prior to Manuel’s assignment. His 3-for-5 evening was a COINCIDENCE!
Darling and Cohen also pointed out that the Mets did not have “focus and energy late in games” and “had trouble coming back from deficits late in games”, and insinuated that Manuel was the reason for the team suddenly pulling out a come-from-behind victory. Well isn’t it interesting how short memories can be? Am I nuts, or did the Mets start playing full games, and coming from behind to win, in the last two weeks of Willie Randolph’s managerial career?
I’m happy to see the Mets win, but PLEASE stop painting Manuel as some kind of messiah.
The Mets move on to the mountains and land of “near beer” during an off day, then have a 9:05 pm EST start in Colorado on Friday night. John Maine heads to the hill against
Dennis Aaron Cook.