Mets Game 33: Win Over Nationals

Mets 8 Nationals 6

The last time the Mets brought up a lefthanded-hitting slugger from AAA, they went on a 10-1 run.

Tonight, lefthanded-hitting slugger Chris Carter — fresh up from AAA — ripped a double to drive in the go-ahead run and give the Mets a stunning, come-from-behind victory over the Washington Nationals.

And that “other” lefthanded-hitting slugger — Ike Davis — sealed the victory with yet another one of his thrilling dive-into-the-dugout fly ball catches to end the game.

If you didn’t enjoy watching this game, you ain’t a Mets fan.

Game Notes

Jon Niese was awful, channeling his inner Ollie Perez by walking 5 batters and allowing 6 hits in only 4 1/3 innings. He looked like he had more of a clue than Ollie ever does, though. His main problem is the same that occurs at least once out of every three starts: his release point drops ever so slightly, his fingers slide to to the side or under the ball at release, and as a result the ball can only move laterally and remain flat (and fat). Flat, fat pitches get hit hard. Niese’s curveball — his best weapon — is rendered useless if he can’t get his fingers on top of the baseball at release.

Scott Olsen, on the other hand, was pretty good for the Nationals, despite allowing 10 baserunners in 5 1/3 innings. Somehow he wiggled his way out of trouble in every inning, and was inexplicably removed by manager Jim Riggleman after throwing only 82 pitches. Seeing Olsen exit was the best thing that could happen to the Mets, who finally scored their second run when Tyler Walker allowed an inherited runner to score, and then pounded the Washington bullpen for 6 runs in the fateful eighth frame.

Rod Barajas once again delivered in the clutch, hitting a sky-high fly to left that got caught in the wind and carried into the wall for a 2-run double. My new nickname for Barajas is “Lord of the (High) Flies”, for obvious reasons.

Both David Wright and Jason Bay went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored, but for whatever reason it still feels like they are in slumps. Wright, though, lashed two doubles to right field, which is highly encouraging. If he keeps letting the ball get deep, he’ll be back to the old David Wright we know and love.

Jose Reyes was 0-for-4 and is now hitting .231 in the three-hole. However, he also hit .231 in the leadoff spot — though, that was only in his first 11 games and after not being in a game in almost a year.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match occurs at 1:10 PM on Wednesday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey faces Craig Stammen. The postgame here will come later in the evening as I’ll be on the road for work all afternoon.

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  1. isuzudude May 12, 2010 at 7:17 am
    I know I certainly didn’t enjoy watching this game. But that’s because I watched right up until Francoeur struck out in the 8th inning and then retired to bed. Right after that Barajas hit his 2-run double off the wall and the Mets went on their way. Considering the Mets waited until after I stopped watching to mount their comeback, and that both of my fantasy baseball teams reek this year, I’m debating whether anything I have a part of falls to crap until the moment I no longer want anything to do with it. Fortunately, I’ll be at work during today’s game so I won’t have the ability to watch it, which means, if the routine continues, the Mets should be able to win their first rubber game of the season this afternoon (barring a rainout).

    Last night was an odd game, though. Jon Niese got tagged, Nightly Nieve and Perpetual Pedro both got the game off, and the Mets still won. Even GMJ got a hit! I guess you find some extra motivation when everytime you sit down your pants catch fire because your seat is so hot. Chris Carter appears in 1 game, and has already helped the Mets win 1 game. Nothing against Frankie C, cause he’s a class act, but Carter needed to be on this club and I bet he continues to prove it. He may be our next Matt Franco-esqe pinch-hitting extraordinaire. Maybe he even gets a start today against the RHP Stammen? With 10 strikeouts in his last 5 games, Mr. Francoeur sure looks like he could use a day off.

  2. Jason A. May 12, 2010 at 7:22 am
    Maybe we see Carter in for Frenchy today.

    I love how this team never quits.

    As far as Jose is concerned. I hope Manuel comes to his senses and puts Jose back at lead off. Simply put, he is not a three hole hitter.

    Leaving him there for much longer could have a lasting affect on his approach at the plate.

  3. Mike May 12, 2010 at 9:46 am
    I had such a great “I told you so” moment when Carter got that hit. I never saw a single at bat of his in ST because I was at work most days the Mets were on, but I’m already a huge fan. Does anyone else look at him at the plate- crowding, with his arm gear on, his huge frame, and his enormous taped bat handle that he chokes up on- and immediately become intimidated for the safety of you couch? I did. If I saw that guy on the street I’d walk the other way. I know why they call him The Animal now. That was great.
  4. wohjr May 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I thought the same thing, definitely noticed the choked up grip– is that an every-time thing for Carter or just last night?

    For Idude: Manny Acosta sucks!