Mets Game 103: Win Over Cardinals
Mets 7 Cardinals 1
Mike Pelfrey did it again, with seven the lucky number.
Big Pelf won his seventh straight decision, pitching seven spectacular innings in which he allowed one run on seven hits, striking out 5 and walking none.
As usual, Pelfrey was given plenty of offensive support. The Mets scored one in the third, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth off starter and loser Mitchell Boggs. The firepower came from several sources, with Argenis Reyes, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Delgado driving in two runs apiece. Argenis Reyes capped off the scoring by slamming a solo homer for the seventh Mets run in the seventh inning off reliever Brad Thompson.
Carlos Delgado’s hot stick is showing no signs of cooling. He hit his 20th homer of the season, a prodigious blast that nearly bounced off the scoreboard.
Endy Chavez was 4-for-5 hitting in the two hole, but scored only one run.
Jose Reyes hit his 12th triple of the season, and Wright ripped his 27th double.
Strange that Wright seems to get a hit just about every night, yet is hitting only .289. It feels like he should be around .300.
The Mets nearly re-created the ninth inning debacle of last Tuesday in their opener against the Phillies. Duaner Sanchez came on in relief with a six-run lead, and proceeded to load the bases without retiring a batter. Jerry Manuel was quick to remove him from the game, which to me was the wrong move. How now, after being pulled from two blowouts, will Sanchez have enough confidence to pitch in a tight situation? Unless there is something physically wrong with him — and there might be — he should have been given a chance to work his way out of the mess. The worst that could have happened was a grand slam, but the Mets still would have been up by two with Billy Wagner available. Had Dirty worked his way out, he would have built some confidence. Instead, Manuel managed the game like it was a one-run contest, using Pedro Feliciano to match up against the lefthanded-hitting Skip Schumaker and then bringing in Aaron Heilman to get righties Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols. Call me crazy, but doesn’t it seem a little nutty to have to use four relievers — and have your closer warming up at the end — in a game that your starter went seven innings and handed off a six-run lead?
I’m just waiting to hear someone else mention the “bullpen roles” that Manuel “established”. Where did those roles go in this game? Why is the setup man being used to close games you’re winning by large margins? Aren’t those situations for Carlos Muniz or Scott Schoeneweis?
If you would have done the same — burned through four of your top relievers with a six-run lead — then we’ve learned nothing from the bullpen collapse of last September. Don’t be surprised if it’s “deja vu all over again” when the worn-out relievers can’t buy an out down the stretch.
Enough of my negativity … the Phillies lost a laugher to the Braves, so the Mets now lead the NL East by two games!
The Mets host the Cardinals again at 7:10 pm on Saturday evening. Almost Olympian Brandon Knight will make his first-ever MLB start — and first MLB appearance since wearing a Yankee uniform in 2002 — against Joel Pineiro.