Mets Game 39: Win Over Braves

Mets 3, Braves 2

It wasn’t pretty…

It wasn’t ugly…

It just kind of WAS… ya know?

The Mets topped the Braves 3-2, behind Mike Pelfrey, Rod Barajas, Chris Carter and a huge stolen base by Jose Reyes.The Braves were listless for the most part, but this is the kind of game the Mets have to win. And they did. Pretty cool, huh?

Pelfrey was every bit the workhorse the Mets need him to be, tossing 7 2/3 innings, scattering 7 hits and allowing 2 runs. Barajas had a 2-RBI double in the 2nd inning. Carter scored on the Barajas double and he also knocked in Jose Reyes on a groundout in the 6th inning. If Reyes hadn’t stolen third base, the Mets may never have scored their third run and the game may have continued in perpetuity – theoretically – or at least until Barajas batted again.

Random Notes: Gary Matthews Jr. is starting to remind me of Chick Gandil in Eight Men Out… You could hear Gary Cohen deflate when Matthews hit into a double play with runners on first and second in the top of the 7th… Speaking of Cohen, he REALLY wants Jeff Francoeur to hit a home run in Atlanta – so much so that he nearly fell off his seat when Francouer flied out to left field. Cohen then went on to describe Francoeur’s swing as a “lusty cut” (yikes)… Francisco Rodriguez’s windup and follow-through is circus-like and kinda scary. I’m not sure it’s a good thing when a pitcher consistently falls off the mound like he’s getting tossed off a merry-go-round at 50 mph. It certainly didn’t help his control any.

Next Mets Game

The Mets take on the Braves again tomorrow night at 7:10pm EDT. Johan Santana (3-2, 3.88) goes up against Kris Medlen (1-1, 2.35).

So that’s it. My first “guest post” in about a year. How’d I do? Leave your comments and pontifications below, tip your waiters and enjoy some smooth jazz, Ozzy Osbourne-style:

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  1. @planethardball May 18, 2010 at 3:39 am
    David Lennon of Newsday – @lenno212 on Twitter – is reporting that Chris Carter will start again Tuesday night.
  2. I hate the Mets May 18, 2010 at 5:42 am
    The game itself was pretty ordinary. The Mets do get to move out of the basement for at least one night. Nothing is really going to change until Manuel is canned.
  3. Walnutz15 May 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    I'm gonna take it here……Gary Cohen's fly-ball judgment is pathetic.

    Nice job by Pelf last night. Good to see him work out of some real situations, unscathed.

    Some hard hit balls, but his defense backed him.

    Memo to Jerry: Jeff Francoeur should be a "defensive replacement" for Carter, if anything at all. Please do not pinch-hit with him anymore….you're wasting valuable AB's.

  4. MikeTomaselli May 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    Same as yesterday I'm gonna bring up that there's talk of sending Mejia down to start. Oh happy day!
  5. @planethardball May 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    Sometimes I think Cohen's judgement problems are a result of letting his biases influence what he thinks he sees. In other words, he's a Mets fan first and foremost.