Mets Game 30: Win Over Pirates

Mets 8 Pirates 4

For the seventh consecutive game, the Mets were the victor.

Livan Hernandez had a rough start to the game, but eventually settled down to pitch six strong innings, allowing just two runs on four walks and seven hits. However, Pirates starter Ian Snell was unusually efficient, and held the Mets scoreless in five of the six innings he threw. In that one inning (the fourth), though, the Mets plated three, and tacked on five more against the Bucs bullpen. As with the first two games of this series, the Pirates were simply overwhelmed, and Mets completed the sweep.

Notes

Livan Hernandez has now pitched into the sixth inning four times in six starts. You can’t ask much more from a #5 starter.

Jose Reyes has 7 hits in his last 13 at-bats, and is finally heating up after a lengthy slump that saw his average drop to a woeful .246. Just as important, his OBP is back over .350 and climbing.

Luis Castillo’s mini-slump also appears to be over, as he’s 4-for-9 in his last two games. His OPB, by the way, is .402. Add Castillo and Reyes to Beltran’s .467 OBP and it’s a near guarantee that the Mets have a baserunner in the initial inning.

J.J. Putz and Sean Green combined for 45 pitches in the final two frames, and Green threw more balls (13) than strikes (12).

Strangely enough — especially with Livan on the hill — there was not one double play, for either side, the entire game. At least, I didn’t see one (?).

From Kevin Burkhardt’s description of her playing catch with her son until he was 15 years old, it sounds like Danny Murphy’s mom means business.

Next Mets Game

The Mets host the Braves on Monday evening at 7:10 PM to start a three-game series. Johan Santana goes against Derek Lowe. I’m liking the Mets chances to extend their winning streak to eight. The TV broadcast will be carried by ESPN.

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  1. sincekindergarten May 11, 2009 at 5:10 am
    Yeah, these games are games that the Mets have to win. This time, they did just that. Let’s remember that the Pirates swept the Mets in Pittsburgh to keep the Mets from clinching in ’06. Those game were ones that the Mets should have won, too.

    But, that was then, and this is now. Tonight’s game should be a good one. Johan’s gonna pick up his fifth win tonight.

  2. isuzudude May 11, 2009 at 9:55 am
    Right now is a good time to evaluate whether the glass is half full or half empty. The Mets have won 7 in row, including victories over inter-divisional rivals Atlanta and Philly, yet also staying motivated and sweeping the bottom-feeding Pirates; they’ve been getting early leads and tacking on runs late; and they’ve been getting consistently solid starting pitching. However, quite honestly we’ve seen this act before, where the Mets look dominant from May through August, only to lose focus and collapse in September; the streak has also mainly been at home against a bad team (Pittsburgh) and bad pitching (Kawakami, Park, Moyer, Karstens, Maholm, Snell). But to be fair, Kawakami just limited the Phillies to 2 runs over 6 innings yesterday, and Moyer and Maholm hadn’t had a bad start before the Mets roughed them up. The bottom line is all the winning streaks and praise the Mets collect now mean nothing until they prove they can carry it into September. So I will be practicing extreme temperance this year when the Mets seem to be going good, and will restrict my optimism until they show me they are more than a 5-month tease.
  3. mic May 11, 2009 at 10:52 am
    Guys……..

    1. The web-site already DOES everything right..it analyses each game…with some polarity. But what we do here is micro-critique the game, game plan and execution.

    2. That said early season weak points were clear;
    – Bullpen. the 6th/7th inning
    -The starting pitching after santana, Ollie, Maine and Redding in p-articular.
    – Lineup. Murph hitting 2nd/doubts about Castillo and a blackhole from 7th-9th in the order.

    3. Yesterday DW had the bases loaded and trumped, but the next inning we had 4 runs….not very 2008-esque.

    4. Can Green be demoted?