Mets Game 95: Win Over Rockies

Mets 7 Rockies 0

Mike Pelfrey was spectacular. AGAIN.

Who IS this guy? It’s not the feeble doe we saw on the mound in 2006, 2007, and the first two months of 2008. This new guy has command, confidence, and maybe even a mean streak. Against every batter, I’m in awe and grateful surprise watching “Big Pelf” dominate. What a thrill to watch a kid with his stuff throw with such assurance, challenging hitters to swat at his fastball. It’s not unlike the days of Nolan Ryan, only different. Where Ryan used to simply throw 100-MPH heaters over the middle of the plate, chest high, Pelfrey is slamming the sinker and the rising four-seamer. I never thought I’d say in 2008 that it would be fun to watch Mike Pelfrey … but it is — pure fun.

Pelfrey shut out the Rockies through 8 innings, allowing only 6 hits, walking none, and striking out 5. He threw 119 pitches, but looked strong enough to finish the game. It would’ve been nice to see Big Pelf finish up and earn the shutout — this from someone who regularly agonized through 135- and 150-pitch outings by Al Leiter. Why better-conditioned athletes can’t go as far, we’ll never know. Blame the atrocities set forth by the clowns at ASMI.

Anyway, I digress …

Beyond the miraculous Mike Pelfrey story there was the Mets’ offense, which scored seven runs, led by Carlos Beltran’s 3-for-4, 3 RBI night. Surprise two-hole-hitter Nick Evans collected two hits, an RBI, and scored a run, and Carlos Delgado’s only hit of the evening was a majestic, Dave Kingman-like, soaring blast toward the scoreboard and over the right field wall that plated himself and Damion Easley.

There were other hits, only 4 runners left on base, and three double plays, but the bottom line was this: the Mets controlled the game from the outset, offensively and defensively. There was never a question as to who would win this contest.


Pelfrey led the Mets to their ninth straight win. They haven’t won 10 in a row since 2001 1991 (I think?).

Big Pelf induced 15 ground balls, and of the 4 fly balls, at least two of them were weak popups to the infield. In addition to flat-out dominating the Colorado hitters, Pelfrey also stroked a Major League-looking line drive single into left field. I think I already asked, but, who IS this guy???

Damion Easley turned three DPs, including one spectacular pivot in which he dug a David Wright short-hop throw out of the dirt to retire Brad Hawpe and spun to nail Garrett Atkins by a half-step at first.

Speaking of Hawpe, he had 5 of the Rockies’ 11 hits in the three-game series.

I HATE the All-Star game. I used to love it, back when the NL and AL hated each other and played a hard-nosed, all-out game. Now that it’s a lovefest of “opponents” smiling at each other, embracing, and exchanging jokes and email addresses, it’s little more than a sham — despite MLB’s greatest attempts to make people think it matters. For those who weren’t around, the last time there was a real competition between the two leagues was probably 1979 or 1980. But this year I hate the contest even more because a.) David Wright was a last-minute inclusion and therefore won’t get three days off and b.) the break threatens to kill the momentum of the Mets’ 9-game win streak (as astutely pointed out by my wife).

Next Game

The next Mets game won’t be until after the All-Star break, which means no baseball until Thursday night, when the Mets play in Cincinnati. I have no idea who the starting pitchers will be, but I’m guessing it could be Johan Santana vs. Aaron Harang Johnny Cueto(?).

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.
  1. isuzudude July 14, 2008 at 6:07 am
    Remember this preseason directly after the Johan acquisition we were wondering if the 2008 rotation would be the best in Mets’ franchise history? Well, even though we’re subbing Pelfrey for Duque these days, does anybody think that topic should be re-visited? I know it’s only been since the tail end of the Yankees series in which the pitching has really started to dominate, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better stretch of pitching by anybody, ever, than the Mets right now. Ok, yes, it includes games against the hapless Giants and Rockies, but baseball is baseball, and shutouts are shutouts. And with Johan a reknowned 2nd half pitcher, Perez turning a corner, and Pelfrey completely dominant, how now do we stack Johan/Maine/Perez/Pelfrey up against Doc/Darling/Sid/Ojeda. Knock on wood Pedro’s injury isn’t debilitating…that’ll just make us all the stronger.

    Joe, two blemished within the post. 1) the Mets never won 10 straight in 2001 (I checked on baseball-reference). They had a 9 game streak in 2000 in April, but I’m not sure when their last 10 game streak occurred. 2) it won’t be Aaron Harang the Mets are facing on Thursday because he’s on the DL (and consequently killing my fantasy team). Although wrong before, Yahoo has the projected starters as Johan vs. Cueto. Take it for what it’s worth.

  2. joe July 14, 2008 at 8:32 am
    Thanks for setting me straight, ‘dude!

    I think I meant 1991 … not 2001 …. will fix both errors!

  3. sincekindergarten July 15, 2008 at 4:16 am
    Not only is Johan a renowned second-half pitcher, but an important cog in the bullpen is a second-half pitcher as well–Aaron Heilman. Now that Dan Warthen has Heilman throwing that slider of his more, that’s another pitch to look out for in tough counts for the batter.

    We’re in for a good second half. 🙂