Mets Game 19: Win Over Braves

Mets 1 Braves 0

For once, everything went right for the Mets.

Mike Pelfrey did not pitch well, but battled and stranded a small country on the bases. Tommy Hanson pitched very well, but was the unlucky recipient of poor defense and wet conditions that allowed Jose Reyes to steal a hit, steal a base, and steal a run.

And though Big Pelf threw over 100 through five frames, it didn’t matter, because the game was called due to rain after one pitch was thrown (by Raul Valdes) in the sixth.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey threw 71 pitches in the first three innings and was out of the game after the fifth. His final line was 5 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 R, 106 pitches, 59 strikes. Going by current standards, that’s an “outstanding” performance. Meh. Big Pelf did extend his consecutive scoreless innings total to 24, which is the longest by a Met since John Maine threw 26 scoreless in 2006.

In case you were wondering, Mark Guthrie threw 27 scoreless innings in 2002.

Another interesting stat: Pelfrey’s 0.69 ERA thus far matches Nolan Ryan (1970) for best by a Met in March/April.

Luis Castillo went 2-for-3, and was the only batter with a multi-hit game.

David Wright struck out again, and is now hitting .222. According to the statheads, Wright’s BABIP is far below his career average, suggesting that he’s simply unlucky. I don’t know though … has Wright put a ball in play in the last two weeks?

But hey, what does it matter? The Mets swept the Braves!

Next Mets Game

The Mets host the Dodgers for a 3-game series in Flushing beginning at 7:10 PM on Monday night. Oliver Perez attempts to pitch against Hiroki Kuroda.

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. wohjr April 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm
    For the love of god we have to trade DWright before he totally destroys his value. I like this team, but Wright should go for pitching! Go big Pelf, and I still like Ike
  2. Nick April 26, 2010 at 12:21 am
    Attempt, key word Attempt, I love it Joe. Perez is going to go out there and do his best impersonation of a 36 million dollar pitcher. Still is it bad to be optimistic and say he’s going to give us a chance to win?

    And, totally ignoring the comment up above. Apparently even winning streaks don’t leave the looney tunes for Saturday mornings!

  3. Tommy2cat April 26, 2010 at 12:38 am
    Homeplate umpire Mike Estabrook truly sucked. He squeezed the living $hit out of the strike zone and prolonged at-bats on an evening when the game really needed to move along.

    Game ball goes to Castillo. He appeared to be in the middle of everything, wound up on third with one out when Jose & Bay didn’t produce. He played a steady, if unspectacular, defense and got his uniform dirty.

    Boy, he looks old when he runs. He moves side-to-side as much as he moves forward. Yikes! I think we should chip-in and get him one of those two-wheeled walkers so he can zip from base to base.

  4. joejanish April 26, 2010 at 12:43 am
    Have to say I didn’t see a problem with the strike zone — but heard a lot of the same complaints while doing the ESPN BBTN chat. I sincerely believe that the off-center angle of the TV camera makes balls look like strikes, particularly on the corners.

    Though if you were one of the four people sitting in the seats behind home plate I will defer to your opinion (and ask you to bring me with you next time!).

  5. sincekindergarten April 26, 2010 at 6:23 am
    Someone pointed out, on MetsBlog, that Big Pelf’s ERA going into the game was 0.86, and it’s now 0.69. My thought is, when it gets to 0.10, we might have some numbers thing going.

    How Heyward pops that pitch up in the first is beyond me. “The book” on him just got a few more paragraphs.

  6. isuzudude April 26, 2010 at 6:51 am
    The eternal pessimist in me refuses to get too excited over this sweep of the Braves. Atlanta’s offense left 28 runners on base over 23 innings this weekend, and managed to score just 3 runs in the process. I think this ineptitude is much more an indictment of how cold their offense is rather than how dominant the Mets pitching is.

    I’m also not understanding the praise Jerry Manuel is getting for jumpstarting the offense with his decision to move Reyes to the 3-hole. The Mets scored 9 runs over the 3 games versus Atlanta. That’s 3 runs per game. That would still rank close to the bottom in MLB, and the only thing cloaking that fact is that the Braves’ offense is even worse. I appreciate the luck of the draw that the schedule Gods gave us on this homestand, but I’m fearful the Dodgers are going to come in here over the next 3 games and show us how a baseball team is really supposed to swing the sticks.

    Not to mention, Reyes started heating up last Tuesday with his 4-for-5 game against Chicago, well before the lineup switch. The other supposed benefactor from Jerry’s genius is Jason Bay, and though he has increased production since having Reyes installed in front of him, I’m not sure if it was just a matter of time before Bay broke out of his slump or if he needed the help of a lineup change to get him going again. Then there’s David Wright, who’s still striking out at an alarming rate, and Angel Pagan, who’s 1-for-11 since moving to the leadoff spot. The switch hasn’t helped either of them, but why don’t we hear any of that from the Jerry defenders? It’s simply amazing how little Jerry has to do to get his fans to act as if he just turned water into wine.

    But I guess on a positive note, the Mets DID sweep the Braves, ARE winners of 6 of their last 7, and DID manage to have the bullpen saved last night thanks to Mother Nature. I’ll savor those treats until Perez inevitable craps the bed tonight.

  7. mooshinator April 26, 2010 at 9:49 am
    The Mets have definitely gotten their share of breaks over the past 7 games on this home stand, but to be fair to them they also got some unlucky breaks during their 2-6 start, including 3 1-run losses (2 in extra innings, 1 in which Rod Barajas’ game-tying possibly game-winning hit was robbed by an outstanding defensive play).

    Don’t get me wrong, the Mets are not looking like a playoff contender at this point but by the same token they aren’t as bad as their 2-6 start. From watching them play, I would say that .500 feels about right. They look like a mediocre team. The offense has been terrible but has a lot of upside. They really do need to get the offense going sooner rather than later, because 5 inning 100 pitch starts aren’t going to work forever…

  8. gary s. April 26, 2010 at 10:55 am
    manuel is the genius who gave us the infamous “hit 80 pitches to the opposite field” drill in spring training last year which was a disaster.this offseason all i heard and read was that hitting coach howard johnson had worked with wright the entire offseason and wright’s swing was corrected and he was primed for a big year.he’s not hitting and the entire team is not hitting.when do we consider hiring a new batting coach?one more thing, most of the readers on this blog have disagreed with me in the past, but the dimensions of citifield are RIDICULOUS.announcer gary cohen noted on saturday when francouer hit a ball as hard as he could and it hit the 415 foot sign for a double, that in any other park in baseball, francouer would have had his 3RD HOMERUN OF THE SERIES in 2 days.instead he had 2 doubles and a flyout.something is very wrong about that.i still feel if david wright played in yankee stadium, his power numbers never would have changed.our manager is a clown,the hitting coach can’t teach hitting and the dimensions of citicavern are a joke.on the flip side, other than the phillies and the cardinals, i think most of the teams on national league have as many holes as we do.he cubs and braves looked like they were just going thru the motions.i’m curious to see what the dodgers look like,
  9. Mike April 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    Any chance they get this game in tonight? Weather does not look good according to reports. I live in Houston so I really don’t know what the weather is actually like in NY.

    As for Wright I feel like he tinkers too much. He wasn’t happy just being a .300+ hitter with 25-30 HRs, so he tried to be more of a HR hitter and it hasn’t worked. I prefer him just hitting line drives instead of lifting the ball. that and his approach at the plate is awful. He closed up his stance and now he cant hit the outside corner. Maybe he is not seeing the ball or maybe he has no confidence, or both. What matters is that he needs to go back to what worked and just be himself and not what everyone thinks he should be.