Game 112: Win

Mets 4 Padres 3

Another one-run win over the Padres, and again it never seemed that close.

I’m not sure what it is … now I’m thinking that the Padres brought their laid-back, southern Cal attitude to NYC and just gave the game a really relaxing air … because at no point in the game was I concerned the Mets might lose.

Of course, it helped that Pedro threw one of his masterpieces. Outside of two swings by Mike Piazza, Pedro was nearly perfect through seven innings before giving way to Aaron Heilman, who did well despite a Mike Piazza scare that turned into a fly ball out.

Jose Valentin smacked the ball well, Endy Chavez went 3-3 with an RBI; however he was Mike Piazza’s 6th victim (out of 75) in an attempted steal. Considering that Piazza practically rolled the ball to 2B yesterday on a throw, I have to say shame on Endy. Jose Reyes went 2-5 with his 48th stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. He also narrowly missed hitting a homerun to RF in the fourth; he’s really coming into his own as a hitter, as everyday he’s learning to be more and more discerning.

Notes

Pedro on Pedro in the SNY postgame interview:
“Velocity is not what affects how I do in a game. My job is to do the best I can with the least amount of pitches.”

I spoke too soon … Michael Tucker was brought up to take Cliff Floyd’s spot on the roster. Glass Joe finally went on the DL with an achilles issue.

Thursday: El Duque vs. Chris Young. Will Dr. Duque or Mr. Hernandez show up to pitch?

Mets’ magic number is something like 38 … but who’s counting?

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.