Mets Game 107: Win Over Marlins

Mets 4 Marlins 1

Finally, Carlos Beltran came through with a big hit, as he drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.

Oliver Perez was outstanding, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out five. Aaron Heilman, pitching on just two days’ rest after expending 57 pitches on Saturday night, was predictably shaky but pitched a scoreless frames to hold the slim 2-1 lead through the top of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Carlos Delgado reminded everyone of his hot streak by blasting a two-run homer to provide a three-run cushion, and Heilman was sent back to pitch the bottom of the eighth. This time, he struck out three batters and allowed a harmless single, brilliantly bridging the gap to Billy Wagner.

Wagner did his job, setting down the Fish in order to earn his 27th save of the season.


I used to think that Willie Randolph had it in for Aaron Heilman, but now I realize that it is an organization-wide plan of destruction. The Mets are focused on destroying this man’s arm before he reaches his lucrative free agent years. As previously mentioned, Heilman threw 57 pitches on Saturday night, yet was not only brought into this game with two days’ rest, but was asked to pitch two full innings — a 37-pitch effort. Remarkable. Yes, he pitched well, but that’s not the point. Unless the Mets are seriously thinking about “stretching him out” for starting, it was an irresponsible decision to put him out there at all, much less for two innings. I will be one of the few people not stunned when the Mets bullpen implodes in September for the second straight season.

Nick Evans scored the Mets first two runs of the game, and had two hits, including a double, from the two-spot in the order. He’s hitting only .250, but four of his 11 hits are doubles.

Jose Reyes had three hits, including two doubles. He also stole his 35th base.

Delgado’s blast was his 23rd of the season, which ties him with Ryan Ludwick and Carlos Lee for 10th in the NL.

Next Game

Mike Pelfrey goes against Josh Johnson in another 7:10 pm start on Wednesday.

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  1. isuzudude July 30, 2008 at 6:05 am
    Solid win, all around. And we needed it to keep the Phils off our heels, who are going to have a 3-game walk in the park playing against the hapless Nationals – who for some reason only feel inclined to try hard when they play the Mets.

    Joe, any thoughts on the Teixeira deal? I’m thinking you’re going to like it from the Braves perspective since you were lobbying for Omar to ship Delgado to Anaheim this past winter for Casey Kotchman. Now Atlanta has a solid, cheap, Sid Bream-caliber 1B for the next 3 years, and can focus what money they do have on fixing their pitching staff this offseason, which has been absolutely dessimated by injury.

  2. wohjr July 30, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Agreed- I like this move for the bravos.

    Not Agreed- dessimated.


    ps- Joe- I believe Jerry made some comments regarding Heilman. Apparently the front office has given its blessing to stretching him out…

    “Manuel plans to stay away from Aaron Heilman for a second straight game today, after Heilman tossed three innings Saturday. Told he could now use Heilman as a starter, Manuel said he told Heilman the very same thing.”

  3. joe July 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm
    isuzudude – Sid Bream is a GREAT comparison to Kotchman. Yes I think it’s a great deal for the Braves. They have another “unsexy” player who plays the entire game well, works counts, puts the bat on the ball, and can fit anywhere in the lineup. They won 14 straight division titles with guys like Kotchman.

    wohrjr, yes we referred to those comments yesterday — dedicated an entire post to it in fact:

    However you don’t “stretch out” a guy for starting by having him throw 94 pitches in game conditions over a three-day span; that’s called “abuse”. If they were serious about putting him in the rotation — which I don’t believe they are — then they would have given Heilman at least another day or two of game rest (having him throw bullpen sessions instead), to simulate the one-day-on, four-days-off routine of a starter.

    I’m putting that “Heilman starting” comment by Manuel into the same hopper as him threatening to “cut up” Jose Reyes.