Mets Game 29: Win Over Giants

Mets 6 Giants 4

The Mets upended the NL West first-place team, and now own sole possession of second place in the NL East.

By all accounts, it was the most thrilling and fulfilling game of 2010.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey returned to the “pre-Phillies” form that made him one of the best pitchers in baseball in April, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and no walks over 7 1/3 innings. Fernando Nieve retired two batters in the eighth to hold the lead, but Frank “The Vulture” Rodriguez gave up a game-tying homer to pinch-hitter John Bowker to set up a dramatic finish.

Despite two long homeruns and nosedive into the Mets dugout to snare a foul fly ball by favorite son Ike Davis, the hero of the game was Rod Barajas. Like Davis, Barajas also blasted two taters, but Rod’s second came in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets the victory. Barajas has now hit 7 homers in his last 11 games, and is on pace to hit about 50 this season.

Beyond Davis and Barajas carrying the club from the #7 and #8 spots at the bottom of the lineup, the Mets did just about nothing offensively. Jose Reyes was a soft 2-for-4, flailing and failing with runners in scoring position. The other two hits in the game came from Jason Bay — who hit a double — and David Wright, who also stole his 8th base.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Giants meet again at 1:10 PM on Saturday afternoon. Johan Santana faces Todd Wellemeyer. I don’t care what Johan did in Philly — it’s time for him to step up and give the Mets a series win before sundown Saturday.

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. Jason A. May 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm
    A lot of positives to take away from tonight’s game.

    1. Ike Davis is a gamer.
    2. Rod Barajas continues to do no wrong.
    3. Mike Pelfrey looked sharp and pitched aggressive.
    4. This Met’s team fights until the last strike of the game.

  2. Andy May 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm
    If they really don’t want Jose in the leadoff spot, then why not Wright? He has a high OBP (much higher than Pagan) and can steal bases.
  3. joejanish May 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm
    Andy, I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, I wrote a post to that effect not long ago:
  4. gary s. May 8, 2010 at 12:15 am
    reyes is a leadoff man..wright is a #3 u have stated ad nauseum joe, u want your best hitters getting maximum ab’s.what doesn’t manuel understand about this?by the way, luis castillo, if he stays healthy, will set a new mlb record for 10 bouncers to shortstop and second base this year.put him in the 8 hole,put reyes back on the leadoff spot and bat pagan second.he can bunt if necessary (manuel LOVES TO SACRIFICE AND GIVE UP OUTS) and with reyes on, he will get fastballs to would be nice to see someone in the 2 hole, who can hit the ball out of the infield twice a month.please don’t tell me about castillo’s high obp.the front office spent the whole offseason trying to trade castillo and nobody wanted him (despite his obp).that speaks volumes to me.reyes looks lost in the 3 hole.overswinging with men on base.losing discipline.ike davis has saved manuel’s butt.i also like the fact he is fearless.(great catch in the 9th, going over the a million years delgado, would never even attempted to catch that ball.he’s a winner.hopefully we have a few more down on the farm like ike.
  5. CatchDog May 8, 2010 at 8:50 am
    Right now, the MVPs of this team is our catching tandem. Blanco has shot down every would-be base stealer, which takes the other team right out of a possible big inning and Barajas has done nothing but hit booming home runs.

    I don’t even want to know where this team would be right now if they still were running out Santos and Schneider/Castro/Cancel or Gusti Molina.

  6. mooshinator May 8, 2010 at 10:54 am
    One thing I want to mention is that last week the Philly fan guest bloggers made a point that Pelfrey can’t possibly keep up his hot start and therefore he’s going to revert to being terrible. Myself and a few others made the point that, yes, of course he can’t keep up his ridiculously hot April but that’s not what we expect from him. We expect him to be a solid #2 or #3 guy, not an ace.

    Last night was just about the perfect example of what I expect from Pelfrey. 3 runs over 7 1/3 innings translates to about a 3.70 ERA. That’s about the level I expect from Pelfrey. If he ends up being better, that’s great, but when I say that Pelfrey is looking good and should have a good year, I am not talking “ace caliber”, I am talking exactly what we saw last night.

  7. Mike May 8, 2010 at 11:23 am
    moosh’, I liked that Pelfrey on had 80-something pitches when he was removed (due to tightness from earlier in the week). It shows he is learning to be more efficient. If he is cruising then he finishes the game with that kind of pitch count. Unfortunately he tired early because of the tightness, but hopefully he gets back to full health and next time finishes that game. With his stuff he should have low pitch counts.