Mets Game 134: Win Over Phillies

Mets 6 Phillies 3

How’s that for turning the tables?

Mets fans who have been conditioned to turn off the TV after the 6th inning when the Mets are down, having learned that their favorite team has little fight in the late frames, missed a genuinely enjoyable comeback. Heck, they were the “fightin’ Mets” — for at least one night.

Starter Johan Santana was good, but unspectacular, allowing three runs on three walks and five hits in six innings. It was a “quality start” and he kept the Mets in the game, but it was far from an “acelike” outing. I’m willing to cut him slack, though, considering the dozen or so acelike performances he’s put on, only to be unsupported by the bats and/or bullpen.

Unfortunately for Johan, he left the game two innings too early, and down by a run — his only options were a loss or a no-decision. The Mets rewarded him with the latter.

Carlos Delgado drove in the Mets’ first three runs — the first on a first-inning single and the next two on solo homers. His second homer tied the ballgame 3-all in the eighth, and sparked a two-out rally. Delgado’s dinger was followed by a cue shot infield single by Carlos Beltran (who had two such “blasts” in the game), which chased Rudy Seanez from the mound. Closer Brad Lidge was brought in to put out the fire, and after Beltran swiped second, Lidge intentionally walked Ryan Church, choosing instead to face rookie Daniel Murphy. It seemed like a smart decision — considering Murphy’s 0-for-13 skid — until Murphy ripped a line drive into the right field corner to score Beltran and send Church to third. Brian Schneider followed with bloop single into no-man’s land in short left, clearing the bases and finalizing the score at 6-3.

Pedro Feliciano and Joe Smith teamed up to shut down the Phillies in the bottom of the eighth, and Luis Ayala got three grounders to short to earn the save.

Brian Stokes, who allowed three baserunners but kept the seventh scoreless, was credited with the victory — his first as a Met.


Without Delgado on this evening, the Mets are not even in the game. He’s reinvented himself and reminds me of the guy we acquired from the Marlins prior to the 2006 season. In short, he’s fun to watch again.

In addition to Delgado’s 3-for-4 day, Jose Reyes and Beltran both went 3-for-5. Two of Beltran’s singles were “lucky”, but he’s also hit screaming line drives right at people all year. Another two dozen squibs and things might be evened out.

David Wright was the only position player without a hit. He had a tough night at the plate, just missing several pitches. Nothing to worry about, though. D-Wright did make a spectacular backhand play on a Shane Victorino grounder in the eighth, so he made a contribution with the glove.

Next Game

The Mets have Thursday off, then head south to start a series with the Marlins. Friday night’s game begins at 7:10 pm, and will pit Oliver Perez against Chris Volstad.

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 August 28, 2008 at 7:13 am
    Well, I guess this team is more resilient than I am. I still find it hard to envision the Mets A) making the playoffs, or B) going far into the postseason with the makeshift bullpen and poor late-game hitting, but for one night they showed that anything’s possible. Why does everything so dramatic and stressful with this team???
  2. Micalpalyn August 28, 2008 at 10:16 am
    In my comment that never was yesterday, I pre-empted Joe by saying that Omar had been active in addressing the pen. Consider that every year he has had his hits and misses and this yr he kinda left it late.

    Yesterday, I saw the bloop single and double off Ayala for his BS. I chalked that up to ‘luck’. I think Ayala has been solid. Especially considering his ERA, the fact he is not Billy Wagner, and that Billy (10M/yr) has blown 2& 3 run save opportunities. Ayala is an obvious 8th inning set up man. I also wrote a long post heralding Stokes. Yes he was tenuous but he has been a decent addition, and now if Figgy takes the long role, Stokes can help out with the 6th and 7th innings.

    If I had written the script for yesterday it could not have been closer. I had that eerie feeling that the Mets would give the Phils hope, only to return the favor against no less than Brad ‘the impervious’ Lidge. Only it would not have been the rookie doing the damage.

    Resilience: YES. Just for the Mets to be in this position with 28 games left is awesome especially given the bullpen issues. As I wrote yesterday too, This is a vastly better team than last year. Santana, Pel and Ollie are a good playoff rotation. Add Pedro for 5 innings, or Maine to the equation. Wright, Reyes, CB, Del, are a great core plus that is playing well. Easley, Tatis, Murph/Evans, Schneider also stack up well. If the bullpen can be shored I think there is no reason to succumb to the Brews or cubs.

  3. isuzudude August 29, 2008 at 5:46 am
    Hmm…right on cue the Phils’ bullpen has now blown 2 straight games in the 8th inning. Perhaps they’re not immune to fatigue and overuse as I had previously thought. Why do I get the feeling that it won’t come down to which team wins the most who will win the NL East, but the team that loses the least…if you catch my drift…
  4. joe August 29, 2008 at 9:23 am
    the same drift from 2007 ?
  5. Micalpalyn August 29, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    Lost in translastion:

    1. The phiilies beat out the Mets on the last day of the season to win the NL east. True.
    2. The Mets BLEW the last 3 game series ….True.

    So as we go into the last month and 28 games lets focus on why it will be different.
    a. We are underdogs
    b. The team spirit is different
    c. Omar is actually being re-active (as opposed to pro active and non-active)
    d. The TEAM is rested (bullpen aside….then again Ayala and Stokes the reasons we are a little different in that area ARE rested.
    e. Starting pitching: We are 3 deep in excellent starting pitching. If Maine, Pedro and even Niese contribute…we really will gel.
    f. Delgado finally reported from Florida
    g. The Mets are creeping up in the WC standings too,
    h. Billy Wagner gets a break too.
    i. We are getting healthy finally in the offense dept AND we have kids contributing.
    j. We still have some trade chips.

    Conclusion: The mets could just as easily go 20-8 to close out the season. What did the Rocks do last yr?

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