Mets Game 100: Win Over Rockies

Mets 7 Rockies 0

Break up the Mets!

The steamrolling juggernaut known as the New York Mets flattened the Rockies for their fifth consecutive victory.

The Mets’ offense singled Jason Hammel to death in the second inning, giving ace Johan Santana an early five-nothing lead. They tacked on another two, but Santana needed only one, as he shut out Colorado through seven strong innings. Bobby Parnell and Tim Redding hurled scoreless frames to complete the victory.

Meanwhile, it was Cory Sullivan day at Citi Field. Sullivan played spectacular defense in left field and went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run, and one driven in — the first of the ballgame.


Every Met other than Santana collected at least one hit, and the team totaled 11 — 5 of them for extra bases.

Santana allowed only 4 hits and one walk in his 7 scoreless innings.

The Rockies had one chance to get back in the game, in the top of the fourth. With the score still 5-zip, they loaded the bases against Santana with two outs and slugger Ian Stewart at the plate. Santana got ahead 0-2, but Stewart tied into a changeup and drove it deep down the rightfield line, just foul. After a several more fouls and a few balls, Stewart finally went down swinging to end the threat and the inning.

What happened to Jason Hammel? Truth is, his location wasn’t all that bad — most of the hits against him came on pitches low and possibly out of the strike zone. But the Mets came out swinging aggressively and “hitting them where they ain’t”. It was borderline bizarre to see so many hits in such a short amount of time — a nightmare for the young righthander.

Jerry Manuel continues to play down the idea of “momentum” — he dismissed the idea during the postgame interview. I don’t get it, especially since he is a self-proclaimed old-school, “feel” guy who eschews modern stats and sabermetrics. Every other experienced, old-school baseball man will tell you that momentum is a major factor, both in a ballgame and over the course of a season. I would argue, in fact, that his negativity from a month ago sparked inverse momentum to depress the club. It’s very simple: winning breeds confidence and confidence leads to better performance, which leads to more wins — and that cycle is defined as momentum. And as Yogi Berra said, “90% of baseball is half-mental”.

Strangely enough, Manuel will talk about “going on a roll” or a “hot streak” when the “cavalry” returns. Don’t those terms relate to “momentum”?

Next Mets Game

The second game of the doubleheader and the final game of the series occurs tonight at 7:10 PM. Jonathan Niese faces Jorge De La Rosa. If Niese continues to pitch like Jerry Koosman, this game is in the bag. If not, I blame Jerry Manuel for poo-poohing the concept of momentum.

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. Wendy July 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm
    Its ridiculous the way that Manuel has been downplaying how well his team is playing, all he seems concerned about is the cavalry returning.

    Probably not intentional, but its a royal slap in the face to the guys who are out there busting theirs on this win streak.

  2. Mike July 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    I want to comment that the Mets haven’t lost since I came back to NY from Houston on Saturday. I’ll be here until Monday, but if they don’t lose I might not leave until they do.
  3. isuzudude July 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm
    Ah, Mike, nothing like a superstitious baseball fan. I haven’t worn underwear since I crapped myself after Omar’s horrible press conference earlier this week, and the Mets have also yet to lose. So I’m going commando for the foreseeable future, much to the dismay of the next door neighbors. Anything to keep a winning streak going!

    By the way, maybe I’m nitpicking, but did the Mets really DFA Elmer Dessens over Tim Redding? Really? I mean, I realize it’s Elmer Dessens, but when are the Mets going to realize it’s Tim Redding? At least Dessens was pitching like he belonged in the big leagues. Redding’s resume would hardy qualify him for the Somerset Patriots roster.

  4. Mike July 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    Yes well I don’t actually believe I’m responsible for the winning streak; I mostly just think it is very well timed. I went to Monday and Tuesday’s games and it certainly was better than seeing them lose all week.

    Are you serious about the Tim Redding decision? Guaranteed contract has more to do with it than any other factor.

  5. isuzudude July 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm
    I guess I can start wearing my fruit of the loom again…
  6. joejanish July 31, 2009 at 12:05 am
    thank gawd! that image was giving me nightmares … during daydreams!