Mets Game 99: Win Over Rockies

Mets 4 Rockies 0

Mike Pelfrey allowed 7 baserunners in his first four frames, but was saved by two double play balls and four strikeouts. He continued to battle, working out of jams, and kept the Rockies scoreless through six and a third.

Meanwhile, the Mets scratched out three runs — one each in the second, third, and fourth innings — and the bullpen combination of Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green held it up to give the Mets their fourth consecutive victory and seventh shutout of the season.

Notes

According to the SNY announcers, Dan Murphy received defensive pointers from Carlos Delgado prior to the game and used Delgado’s glove during the game. In spite of this, Murphy nonetheless performed well at his position.

Speaking of Murphy, he had two more hits, an RBI, and two runs scored from the cleanup spot — a position in which he’s become entrenched. I don’t see how Jerry Manuel can move him out of there.

Is it terrible that I spend most of these games waiting for the Mets to show me how they’re going to lose? And how bad is it that I’m still doubting the final score a good 15-20 minutes after that last out? My guard is up from inning one through nine, making it difficult to enjoy the game even when the Mets are on the winning end.

I want to know who Josh Fogg was pitching against in his previous 14 outings — the ones against whom he posted a 0.89 ERA? Did the Rockies have an “outer-league” part of the schedule where they faced American Legion teams?

Four straight wins, and now the Nepopolitans are only 5 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card standings. Never mind the other six teams between them and the Rox — ya gotta believe!

Prior to the game, Jeff Wilpon held a press conference to apologize for yesterday’s press conference — though I’m not sure whether he was referring to the first press conference, or the the second. He mentioned something about Adam Rubin, blah blah blah, and he might’ve stated something of import, but I was too focused on his hair, wondering if he uses Vitalis For Men, or possibly Dippity-Doo (do they still make that? just a dab’ll do ya!).

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Rockies do it again at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Johan Santana pitches against Jason Hammel.

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. keny July 29, 2009 at 1:37 am
    wilpon apologized for omar. he was speaking for omar, not for himself. the man cannot accept any blame or responsibilty for ANYTHING.

    so really, wilpon took no blame. he called a press conference to pass the buck. again.

  2. sincekindergarten July 29, 2009 at 5:19 am
    I dind’t see the fourth run score–I went to bed after seven, as Saratoga Race Course opens today, and it’s my only trip up there for the year–but I heard that Castillo was out, and was called safe. If that’s true, it’s nice to see the breaks finally start going our way.

    As for the five teams in front of the Mets in the WC standings, they all play each other soon, so this thing called “fratricide” is going to enter the equation. The Mets just might actually pull this off.

  3. CatchDog July 29, 2009 at 7:52 am
    Dippity Do. LOL !!

    If Jeffy does use the stuff, I’ll bet he dips the pink one.

  4. isuzudude July 29, 2009 at 9:34 am
    “And how bad is it that I’m still doubting the final score a good 15-20 minutes after that last out?”

    Well, Joe, it’s been about 12 hours, and I’m still expecting the Mets to blow it. How in the world they’ve amassed a 4 game winning streak is beyond me.

  5. Wendy July 29, 2009 at 10:25 am
    dude, i think we’re looking at a brand new Mets team.

    they have played very well, just hope it continues.