Mets Game 49: Win Over Marlins

Mets 3 Marlins 2

In what’s getting to be a habit at Citi Field, the two starters locked horns and set down batters in a 1970s-like pitcher’s duel.

John Maine allowed only three hits over six shutout innings, striking out five, outdueling Marlins starter Chris Volstad, who was nearly as impressive though his first six but ran out of gas in the seventh.

The Mets played small ball in scratching out a run against Volstad in the third, then pounded two doubles in the seventh to score two more. All three runs came home on doubles — by Angel Pagan, Fernando Martinez, and Omir Santos.

J.J. Putz made things interesting in the eighth, allowing two runs, but Bobby Parnell came in to save the day.

Francisco Rodriguez struck out three batters in the ninth to notch his 14th save, which ties him with Heath Bell for the MLB lead.


The Mets collected seven hits on the day, and four of them were doubles.

Only 7 of Putz’s 17 pitches were strikes. If he continues to pitch poorly, we may soon have to refer to the deal with Seattle as “the Jeremy Reed trade”.

Parnell has quickly developed a legitimate slider, which is keeping batters honest and has the effect of a changeup compared to his 97-100-MPH fastball. He threw three in a row to strike out Jorge Cantu with runners on first and third in the eighth.

Angel Pagan left the game after hitting a double and straining his groin. John Maine left the game after getting ill. Carlos Beltran was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Brian Schneider was an early scratch due to Omir Santos.

The Marlins have five pitchers who are 6’6″ or taller, and three that are 6’4″ – 6’5″. So who plays point guard?

Next Mets Game

The Mets begin a grueling, 4-game series in Pittsburgh against that intimidating juggernaut known as the Pirates. Monday night’s opener begins at 7:05 PM and pits Livan Hernandez against Ian Snell.

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. sincekindergarten May 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    That effin’ stomach bug again. Sounds like something Bobby Cox or Charlie Manuel would do . . . :p

    If someone in the FO doesn’t steam-clean every nook and cranny in the Mets’ clubhouse at Citi while the Mets are in Pittsburgh and DC, they probably need to lose their jobs.

  2. TheCoop May 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    So Joe! Are you suggesting Omir Santos is the equivalent of a stomach bug? hee hee! I say – lets expose John Maine and Carlos Beltran to Cody Ross – at least some good will come out of a bug that infiltrated the Mets clubhouse 😉
  3. gary s May 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    putz is pitching like a putz and k -rod is pitching like mariano rivera.when does manuel give parnell the eighth inning??