Mets Game 27: Win Over Reds

Mets 5 Reds 4

They went ahead, they fell behind, they fought back … and in the end, they won.

The Mets and Reds went back and forth all game, and by the time the 27th out was recorded, the Mets were the team remaining standing, thanks to a solo blast by homerun king Rod “Piazza” Barajas.

Game Notes

John Maine spun his best start of the year, going 6 innings and allowing just one earned run on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6 in the process. No, I’m not terribly impressed, and chalking it up to the benefit of the same youthful and over-aggressive Reds lineup that made Oliver Perez look acceptable on Monday night. Maybe that’s being negative, but I prefer “realistic”. In any case, I’ll take it, but at the same time will not adjust my low expectations for Maine.

Gotta love the tenacity of these 2010 Mets — something we haven’t seen since … well, since I can’t remember when.

Jose Reyes had two hits, and seems to be shaking the rust off, both offensively and defensively. Now if only stubborn Jerry Manuel will move him back to the leadoff spot, we may be on to something.

The Mets were an impressive 2-for-6 with RISP and left only 4 men on base. Though, the stats-focused sabermetrician Jerry Manuel might let you know that those numbers suggest the Mets didn’t put many men on base in the first place.

Fernando Nieve allowed back-to-back homers in the 8th to allow the Reds to tie the game. I can’t for the life of me figure out how Nieve could be so ineffective — it’s not like he’s been overused or anything.

For the record, Nieve is now on pace to appear in 102 games this season. Maybe I’m harping on the subject, or maybe I’m pointing out something incredibly irresponsible.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match occurs in Cincinnati on Wednesday night at 12:35 PM on Cinco de Mayo. Jon Niese faces Johnny Cueto.

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. gary s. May 5, 2010 at 12:12 am
    viva barajas!!i agree with joe on reyes..get him back to hitting leadoff.drop pagan to 7.move everybody up one spot.d wright has 6 homers in 91 ab’s..took 357 ab’s last year.barajas is saving omar a lot of grief over the bay signing by playing so well.please say bye bye to catalonotto and bring up chris carter.don’t understand why maine couldn’t try to go 7 and than use mejia for 8th and give nieve the night off.manuel is scary the way he abuses the bullpen.
  2. Pumpsie May 5, 2010 at 7:44 am
    I wonder if Jerry’s thinking of having Nieve spot start soon to give the starters an extra day.
  3. CatchDog May 5, 2010 at 8:20 am
    The daily bench update:

    Frank Catalanotto; age 36. Current average .136, OPB .174, SLG .182. OPS .359. Zero home runs with 1 walk and 4 strike outs.

    Chris Carter, age 27. Current average .348, OPB .402, SLG .591, OPS .993. 4 home runs, 17 RBIs with 7 walks and only 8 K’s.

    A few weeks back, the Mets brought up Ike Davis. The team promptly went 10-1. Today would be a great day to bring up Chris Carter and DFA F-Cat. Then give struggling Jason Bay a day off. Carter would totally change the dynamics of the lineup as well as make the bench much deeper and dangerous. Change is good.

  4. isuzudude May 5, 2010 at 8:37 am
    Good comments, C’Dog. Why is it the most obvious moves are the ones the Mets hardly ever make?

    Who would have thought that a player signed to a minor league contract would be leading the Mets in home runs thru May 4th? Rod Barajas has made the Bengie Molina fiasco a distant memory with his clutch hitting, power, and competent defense thus far. He’s no all-star but he sure does the most with what talents he has.

    I don’t know if anyone else saw, but I wanted to mention 2 other things in the news:
    1. Mike Pelfrey had to undergo an MRI and skip a side session because of pain in his throwing arm. Uh-oh.
    2. Kelvim Escobar underwent season ending shoulder surgery this week. Another great way Omar has put $1.25 million to use, in my opinion. Right up there with spending $2-mil each on GMJ and Cora

  5. CatchDog May 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Last August, when rumors were swirling about Wags going to Boston, I recall YOU being the guy who picked Chris Carter as the player the Mets should grab. How cool was that? I know that I was impressed.

    And since we know that Omar & Co. never eat bad contracts (Ollie) or continue to run out players who under-perform because they’re the only player left from a terrible trade (Green), perhaps Carter may soon get a shot. He certainly falls into category ‘B’.