Mets Game 137: Win Over Marlins

Mets 6 Marlins 2

It was a close ballgame until the seventh, and then the “offensive closer” came on to give the Mets enough cushion to make the bullpen relatively irrelevant.

With men on first and second and one out in the seventh, Jose Reyes smacked an opposite field RBI single that chased starter and loser Scott Olsen and ignited a three-run outburst that gave the Mets a comfortable four-run lead that they never relinquished.

Pedro Martinez pitched six strong innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits and a walk, to earn the win. After Pedro, the Mets required only five relievers to protect the lead over the final three innings. Good thing the cavalry is coming tomorrow (five pitchers from AAA).


Gary Cohen used the word “meritocracy” to describe the Mets’ bullpen. I believe that is the first time in 35 years I have ever heard the word “meritocracy” used in a baseball broadcast. In fact it may be the first time I’ve heard or seen the word since my SAT test.

There was talk from the SNY announcers that Fernando Tatis may start against the righthanded Ben Sheets on Monday — which means either Ryan Church or Daniel Murphy would not play. The way Murphy’s been hitting, I don’t see how you can sit him. Although Church has struggled since coming off the DL, I think you have to keep putting him in there until he gets his timing back — the way he swung the bat in the first two months of the season, you have to give him every opportunity to “get right”. We’ll see what happens.

Nick Evans hit his first big-league homer, a powerful blast into the left field seats. It was the second solo shot of the day for the Mets, and immediately preceded a dinger by David Wright. Evans hit a few homeruns in the minors, and many internal people believe he will develop legitimate big-league power as he gains experience. Four baggers would be a nice addition to his already sound, if slightly overmatched, offensive game.

Wright was 3-for-5, and Carlos Beltran hit the first dinger of the day, though didn’t do anything afterward. Beltran, though, has been either hitting laser beams or squibs, and I still think he’s on the verge of going ballistic.

Endy Chavez stroked a nice opposite-field single as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. It was a great thing to see, as he’s seen his playing time dwindle to nothing with the emergence of Evans/Murphy and the return of Church. Endy is no superstar but when kept sharp is a vital component — offensively and defensively — off the bench.

Next Game

The Mets travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers in a 2:05 pm game on Monday. Aces Johan Santana and Ben Sheets will do battle.

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 September 1, 2008 at 8:23 am
    Ask, and thou shall recieve. Although in the end they weren’t necessary, the tack-on runs certainly helped alleviate some of the pressure off the bullpen yesterday. And with the way they danced in and out of danger after Pedro was lifted, the obligatory late game cardiac arrest was replaced by just some mild indigestion.

    On the topic of starting more righties vs. RHP, I’m not sure if it means sitting Murphy in favor of Tatis, or sitting Castillo in favor of Easley, and thus batting Murphy in the 2-hole. I appreciate Jerry’s proactiveness, but I’m not sure it’s necessary in this circumstance. Why fix what’s not broken? The offense has been doing fine using a righty-laiden lineup vs. LHP, and vice versa, so why feel the need to change things now? With the cavalry arriving via September call-ups, it really matters much less how lefty-righty-lefty-righty-etc the lineup is, because as a manager you can afford to be more liberal with your pinch-hit replacements now. And say, for example, if Ben Sheets splits vs lefties and righties heavily favor left-hand batters, why would you want to get more righties into the starting lineup? If Ned Yost wants to counteract a lefty-heavy lineup later in the game with a left hand pitcher, then all Jerry needs to do is insert his righties off the bench. This seems like elementary logic to me. Am I wrong?

  2. joe September 1, 2008 at 11:10 am
    You’re not wrong …. the comments on the broadcast made me scratch my head …. we’ll see what Jerry does this afternoon.