Mets Game 93: Win Over Rockies
Mets 2 Rockies 1
It was the eighth inning, with two outs. Carlos Beltran had just popped up, and Damion Easley was walking to the batter’s box. Meantime, one of our dogs was walking around the living room, looking uncomfortable. She was sniffing her butt. My wife says,
“I think she needs to go out.”
“Yes, I’m sure she does. I’ll take her out right after Easley hits a homerun here. He’s going to take a fastball into the bleachers.”
About two minutes later, a ball off Damion’s bat landed over the wall in left-center field. OK, it was a bit to the right of the bleachers, but it was pretty damn close. My wife looked at me with one of those “how did you know that?” looks, and I put the leash on the dog.
Prior to that premonition, the Mets and Rockies were locked in a 1-1 tie that showed no signs of breaking. Oliver Perez, despite walking 6, was electric, striking out 7 and allowing only one run on two hits. His only mistake was hanging a slider to Brad Hawpe, who jumped all over the pitch and put it over the right field fence. However, the walks ran up Ollie’s pitch total, and he was gone after 6 innings and 119 pitches.
Meanwhile, the Mets’ lineup had a heckuva time figuring out Aaron Cook (as usual). They managed six hits and a walk off the Colorado sinkerballer, with Jose Reyes’ two-out RBI single in the fifth accounting for their only run before Easley’s bomb (which came off reliever Taylor Buchholz).
Once again, the Mets bullpen was spectacular, shutting out the Rockies over the last three innings, allowing just one hit. Pedro Feliciano was the lucky recipient of the win, and Billy Wagner notched his 21st save.
Easley went 2-for-3 with a walk, and Reyes was the only other Met with more than one hit, going 2-for-4. The run driven home was Reyes’ 41st of the season — a pretty significant number for a leadoff batter.
Aaron Heilman pitched another scoreless inning, coming into the game with runners on first and second and nobody out. The first batter he faced sacrificed the runners to second and third, Heilman then walked the next batter to load the bases, but he regrouped to strike out the next two hitters to end the inning. I don’t think a reliever could do much better than that, given those circumstances. Aaron’s ERA has dropped a full run since June 15th. Let’s hope we hold onto Heilman, rather than trade him for some scrub such as Juan Rivera.
Speaking of Rivera, this is the “big” name that Jon Heyman suggested during a WFAN interview on Thursday afternoon, citing Omar Minaya’s “history” with the underachieving outfielder. Rivera is currently hitting .221, but Heyman claims, “he’s better than anyone the Mets have right now”. Really? Anyone meaning who? The .194-hitting Marlon Anderson? Rivera, once a Yankee phenom, has never lived up to the hype, except for a 23-homer, .310 campaign in 2006 as a 28-year-old. He’s now 30, and with PEDs banned from the game, I can’t imagine he’ll be any better or even as good as he was two years ago. I see him as an expensive version of Ricky Ledee.
Heyman also said the Mets could probably obtain the Rockies’ Matt Holliday and centerfielder Willy Taveras in return for Carlos Beltran, Fernando Martinez, and Jonathan Niese or Aaron Heilman. Um … yeah … I don’t think so, but thanks for the “info”. I imagine the Mets could also pry Xavier Nady from the Pirates in return for David Wright, but that ain’t happenin’ neither.
The Mets have DFA’d Chris Aguila and promoted Robinson Cancel. Why, no one is quite sure. I suppose someone needs to keep Argenis Reyes company on the bench, or perhaps make Ramon Castro feel thin. Don’t get me wrong, I like Cancel, but I don’t see any point whatsoever in him using up space on the 25-man roster. One of the great mysteries of Metsville.
The second game of the series pits Pedro Martinez against Ubaldo Jimenez in a made-for-TV time of 3:55 pm. You can see it on FOX. Put the TV on mute and listen on WFAN or XM 188.