Mets Game 61: Win Over Orioles

Mets 5 Orioles 1

Faced with the challenge of playing MLB’s worst team, the Mets rose to the occasion and whipped the Orioles in Baltimore.

After seeing the futile O’s flailing after floaters from the fingertips of R.A. Dickey, it will be a disappointment if the Mets do anything other than sweep this series.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey’s Disney-scripted reality movie continues, as the knuckster cruised through seven frames, allowing only one run on seven hits and one walk, striking out eight. Aren’t knuckleballers supposed to walk more batters? Dickey was in trouble only once in the contest, and wiggled out of it. He left the game after 109 pitches, but easily could’ve gone longer. In fact, if I were manager, I’d consider sending him out to the hill again on Saturday and possibly also on Sunday.

By the way, is it possible to NOT root for R.A. Dickey?

Speaking of players impossible not to root for, Chris “The Animal” Carter provided the power from the DH spot, cracking a 3-run homer to put the Mets ahead 4-0 in the fourth and essentially put the game away — the Orioles pretty much rolled over and played dead after that blast. It was Carter’s first MLB homer, which seems a long time coming.

David Wright batted in the #3 location of the lineup and responded with a 3-for-4 day, including a double and 2 RBI. Why did it take so long to guarantee him a first-inning at-bat?

Jose Reyes continued his return to form with two hits and a double of his own, while adding in his 16th stolen base of the season. His average is slowly ascending, but I’d like to see him earn a few more free passes as well.

Pedro Feliciano came on to pitch the 8th and nearly gave up a 3-run homer to Matt Wieters that would’ve changed the course of the game considerably. However, the laser beam of a drive veered to the left of the foul pole, and Wieters struck out on the following pitch. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Feliciano continues to look worn out, and threw 21 pitches in his one inning of work. Does that mean he’ll be held out of action on Saturday? Not likely, as long as pedal-to-the-metal Manuel is calling the shots.

The Mets were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Have to wonder what might’ve occurred if Gary Matthews Jr. or Fernando Tatis filled the DH role in this game. Yes, I know GMJ has been released, I’m just sayin’.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Orioles do it again at 7:05 PM in Ripkentown. Hisanori Takahashi faces Brian Matusz.

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 June 12, 2010 at 8:54 am
    Atta boy ANIMAL! Play that man!
  2. gary s. June 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm
    does anyone have any doubt that if the mets gave lf to carter and passed on bay that he would have more than 3 home runs??i don't.the manager has to find ways to get carter's bat into the lineup once or twice a week.also as joe mentioned, does manuel realize that knuckleballers don't have to be on pitch counts?i would have had dickey on the mound to start the eigth.and why waste pedro and krod with a 4 run lead?the man is clueless and if we can stay in the race all year, these moves will come back to haunt us in september, when our relievers are burned out from all his overuse of the pen
  3. isuzudude June 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    Why are gary's comments not showing up?
  4. gary s. June 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm
    this new comment system stinks, that's why.i posted about chris carter putting up better numbers than bay for 16 mill a year less if they gave him the left field job.bay looks and sounds like a guy who's sorry he came to ny.also our manager had no reason to waste pedro and krod last nite with a 4 run lead.i would have started the 8th with dickey.he's a knuckeballer ..why worry about the pitch count so the bullpen arms for september
  5. mic June 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm
    -disagree on bullpen. When there is no work for long periods they get rusty. PLUS consider in the double header the starters went what? ..16 out of 18 innings…wow. ADD to that tak could go to the Pen.

    – OF: We love Carter. But that hardly negates Bay. Sure he is streaky, but he kept going when everyone else was cold.
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  6. MikeTomaselli June 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    How can you even begin to argue that Carter is a better option than Bay? Because Bay has yet to put it together for the Mets and Carter has 1 HR? I love Carter but his defense is bad, it just has not come up yet. Bay has been so much better than advertised in the OF. His HRs will come, maybe he won't get to even 20 this year, but at this point 20 would be significant. Does everyone forget Beltran hit just 16 his first year as a Met? And Wright's 10 last year? Guys have down years but you don't regret your investments in them just because of that. Beltran followed up 2005 with his best year of his career.
  7. metstoday June 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm
    When does the bullpen ever have long periods with no work? Never happens with Jerry Manuel.

    He has no rhyme nor reason nor any long-range thought when it comes to bullpen use. Expect injuries and a complete collapse from the 'pen beginning in late July.

  8. isuzudude June 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm
    Agreed, Joe. Manuel overuses the bullpen to such a degree rust is the least of the concerns we should be having. Plus, isn't it contradictive to say guys like Feliciano and Krod need regular work to prevent rust, but then say guys like Nieve and Green could benefit from a DL stint to rest their arms? It doesn't make sense to believe that some guys can't go longer than 2 or 3 games with seeing action, while others need 2 or 3 weeks off.
  9. mic June 13, 2010 at 12:09 am
    Contradictive? Nieve pitched everyday until as predicted he hit the wall. he is doing better too …with rest. JM has ,,,and results show KROD needs to pitch at least 3-4 X per week, otherwise he rusts BUT 4-5 dys straight and he cant throw strikes (cant as opposed to wont0.
  10. mic June 13, 2010 at 12:13 am
    But my point is Pel, Santana, Dickey and now Niese are pitching deep into games. This is the first period in years that 3-4 starters are giving consistent innings. And it is and could make a big differnce to the Pen…for which Parnall is vying for a role.
  11. isuzudude June 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    Mic: You are right on with Nieve. He was used way too much early on in the season and has struggled lately because of that. His 30 appearances are tied for 5th most in the majors. Guess who else on the team also has 30 appearances? KROD. The Mets have played 62 games so far, meaning Rodriguez has appeared in almost half of them. That means, in a 162 game season, Krod projects to see 81 appearances. That would establish a new career high for him, and would shatter the amount of appearances he saw last season (when we all thought he was overused, as well) by 11. This type of workload is not good, no matter how much work you think he needs to stay sharp.

    Plus, before Friday Krod last pitched on Tuesday, June 8. So if he hadn't pitched Friday night protecting a 4-run lead, the most rest he would have had prior to last night's game was 3 days. So I'm not sure where you're coming up with this 4-5 straight days off number. But now, we're faced with the issue of having watched Krod throw an unnecessary inning on Friday, then make another appearance last night, and if he's needed again today that means he would have pitched in 3 straight games. What would you more prefer – having Krod pitch 3 days in a row, or give him rest 3 days in a row?

    Plus, my point is that you say guys like Krod and Pedro need regular work and constant action, but then you're allowing the other parts of the bullpen – like Valdes, Mejia, and Igarashi – to sit around and rot in the bullpen, collecting rust and falling out of service. Why is it acceptable to overwork Krod and Pedro but then under-utilize the rest of the pen? If your rust theory pertains to Krod and Pedro, shouldn't it then pertain to everyone else, as well?

  12. metstoday June 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    I disagree that the starters are giving "consistent" innings. This is a very short time period … or what the statheads call "smal sample size". I don't expect Niese and Dickey to continue to go 7+ when the Mets play better-hitting teams.
  13. mic June 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    Since Ollieand Maine got yanked., (or since the Yankee series) what is the starters ERA and avg innings pitched?