Mets Game 97: Win Over Astros

Mets 8 Astros 3

Who needs Gary Sheffield’s “power bat”, anyway?

For the second time in as many games, the Mets proved that they do indeed have Major League Players on their roster, and enough of them to win Major League Games — handily.

The streaking Mets offense was out of this world against the Astros, pounding Houston pitching for 13 hits, including three triples. Meanwhile, Livan Hernandez shook off a rough first frame and solidified his spot in the rotation with his second consecutive seven-inning start, allowing only three runs on eight hits and striking out a season-high of seven.

Sean Green earned a most unusual save for his 1 1/3 innings of work.

If the Mets can continue to play like this, they’ll be in line for meaningful games in September.

Notes

Why are people so surprised to see Livan pitch well or pitch poorly? There isn’t much mystery involved — basically, Hernandez eats up overly aggressive hitters such as those on the Astros, and generally gets into trouble with more patient teams such as the Yankees. So if Livan has a few bad starts in a row, it’s probably because he’s facing lineups that have what’s called a “team approach”. This isn’t rocket science.

Luis Castillo went 2-for-4 with a triple, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. He’s now hitting .301, and sporting a .398 OBP.

Jeff Francoeur had only one hit but drove in two. He now has 14 RBI in 12 games as a Met. Say what you want about his over-aggressive approach, but so far he’s producing.

It’s great that the Mets are finally scoring runs and winning ballgames. Unfortunately, they have not gained any ground on the Phillies throughout this two-game winning streak, and remain 11 games behind the leaders (in the loss column). They can keep putting W’s in the left column, but unfortunately they can’t lose less.

Next Mets Game

The Mets return to Flushing to begin a four-game series against the rejuvenated Colorado Rockies. Oliver Perez throws the first pitch at 7:05 PM on Monday night, while Ubaldo Jimenez takes the hill for the Rockies.

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 July 26, 2009 at 11:01 pm
    Somebody pinch me.
  2. Wendy July 27, 2009 at 10:29 am
    Its great that they took 2 this weekend, should have been a sweep but Santana didn’t have it on Friday night.
  3. isuzudude July 27, 2009 at 10:55 am
    Castillo may be picking the right time to get hot with the trade deadline approaching. Any chance he’s generated enough interest in himself that the Mets could deal him this week? Even if it’s for a mediocre prospect, I’d be willing to accept an offer if their trading partner would pick up the remainder of Luis’ contract. Don’t get me wrong, outside of the missed popup against the Yankees, Castillo has been one of the few bright spots this year, and if Humpty Dumpty is put back together for 2010, Castillo could still be a key part of the Mets success. But there’s no doubting that his better days are behind him, and there’s been more than enough evidence that the Mets may need to go in a different direction with their 2B personel. However, a trade of Castillo-for-bananas would pretty much signify a white flag by ownership, and I’m not sure if they want to convey that message to the fanbase. But if they did decide to go that route, I wouldn’t hold it against them.
  4. joejanish July 27, 2009 at 11:17 am
    I’m not sure how many contending teams need a 2B right now … worth investigating. His contract is still an albatross, though, so the Mets would have to eat a lot of it.

    Maybe it’s time to do a fire sale post?