Rockies 6 Mets 5
The Mets showed signs of life by fighting back, but it was too little, too late.
Potential stopper Jon Niese was disappointing and ineffective, giving away an early 1-0 lead and then a 3-1 lead, leaving the game after five innings in which he allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and a walk. The Rockies held the lead until the ninth, when defensive miscues allowed the Mets to tie. It began when what should’ve been an error charged to Troy Tulowitzki gave Gary Matthews, Jr. an infield single. GMJ stole second and continued to third when a poor throw by Chris Iannetta went into centerfield, and GMJ scored the tying run on a sac fly by Luis Castillo.
However, Iannetta redemmed himself in the 10th with a solo homer to break the tie and give the Rox the win. I have to say with complete honesty that I never believed the Mets would win this one — I was waiting for the Rockies to end it. Not because I’m a negative person but because the Mets gave me no indication that they sincerely wanted to take this game away from the Rockies. Even though they “came back”, it didn’t feel like a spirited comeback.
Jon Niese threw 99 pitches, but only 10 were curveballs — supposedly his signature “out” pitch and what many feel is his best weapon. Though, from what we understand, the thin air in Colorado destroys the vertical break of even the best curves. I liked what I saw from Niese’s ability to handle himself in the postgame interviews, and believe he is mentally and emotionally prepared to pitch in New York. Unfortunately, he appears to be extremely vulnerable without the deuce. But, it’s likely the last time in 2010 he pitches at a mile-high altitude, so he should get back to being the MLB-average pitcher the Mets need him to be. I’m not concerned in the least.
Jeff Francoeur hit a solo homer in the second inning to give the Mets their first lead in 7 games and make the Mets the first Rockies’ opponent in 2010 to have the first lead. Francoeur has a hit in all 8 games and is red-hot, hitting .429 with an OPS close to 1.500. Which explains why he was hitting sixth behind Mike Jacobs. Did I mention that Jacobs flied out with two runners on to end the first? But, lineups don’t have an impact on a team’s success / failure, right?
David Wright also went yard, though he surprisingly didn’t walk.
Rod Barajas went 2-for-5 with an RBI, earning the distinction of being the only Met out of a dozen to get a hit with runners in scoring position.
OK, if you didn’t understand that last sentence, the Mets were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They came into the game hitting something like .180 with RISP, so I’m assuming this drops them down into the .150s.
Jennry Mejia was the unfortunate soul who gave up Iannetta’s walk-off, game-winning dinger. It was a flat fastball over the middle of the plate, about chest-high. In other words, he doesn’t resemble Mariano Rivera when pitching at an altitude of 5000+ feet above sea level.
Mike Jacobs hit a double, walked twice, and is finally lookin comfortable at the plate. See, I found something positive!
Next Mets Game
The Mets drag themselves back into Coors Field for a third time on Thursday at 3:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey will attempt to be the stopper against Jorge De La Rosa.
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