Mets Game 63: Win Over Orioles

Mets 11 Orioles 4

This is the way to beat the worst team in baseball — handily, in a “laugher”.

The Mets finally pasted the Orioles, as the offensive went ballistic on Baltimore pitching, en route to a three-game sweep on the road.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey struggled for the first time since May 1 at Philadelphia, but this time I don’t think it was because the hitters knew what was coming. His command on all pitches was off, he couldn’t get good rotation on the curve, and he wasn’t driving hard off the rubber. Why? My eyes saw him hunching over slightly in his leg lift, just before the left leg began its descent. As a result his upper body was leaning toward 3B ever so slightly, throwing off his balance just enough to affect his release point and control. Additionally, it’s hard to “get on top” of the curveball when the body is leaning to one side — so it wasn’t surprising that Pelf’s deuces were moving more sideways like sliders. Pelfrey has had this minor mechanical issue on occasion in the past, but it was more prominent in the first three innings of this game than it’s been in a long time.

As it was, Pelfrey hung in there long enough to grab the win, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings, striking out 1 in a 101-pitch effort. Those numbers could’ve been uglier, but Baltimore couldn’t capitalize on several opportunities in the early innings.

David Wright blasted two homers and a double and drove in 4 runs. He looked quite comfortable at the plate.

Jason Bay was supposed to get the day off, but played instead and went 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored. Among his hits was a double and a homer over the wall in dead center.

Chris Carter also homered, a three-run shot that put the Mets up 5-zip in the first frame. I see no reason whatsoever to remove him from the lineup while playing in AL parks — I don’t care if Sandy Koufax is pitching.

Alex Cora quietly drove in two runs with a 3-for-4 day and made several sparkling plays at second base. If he could do this over a full season he might be worth $2M with an option that automatically kicks in after 80 games.

Jesus Feliciano collected his first MLB hit, a single to center in the first inning. He rapped another single in the seventh.

Next Mets Game

The Mets get Monday off to travel to Cleveland, then take on the Indians on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM. Johan Santana faces Justin Masterson.

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. Nick June 14, 2010 at 9:19 am
    Good for the Mets! Feels good to be on a roll! Hope the pitching keeps up, and I really hopes the offense is ready to just go crazy! 2006 style!
  2. isuzudude June 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    A few things after this series sweep:

    1. I wonder how many all-stars the Mets are going to have. There are probably more players that deserve consideration than you may think. Wright is the only position player who has a chance of getting voted in by the fans, as he's currently 200,000 votes short of Placido Polanco, believe it or not. The real sin is that Ryan Zimmerman is 5th on the 3B list, behind Chipper and McGehee, but that's another story. Could Reyes sneak on as a backup if he stays hot for another month? Could Barajas be a backup catcher? Pelfrey and Krod seem like locks. Could Johan join them? That's 6 potential all-stars on a team many of us thought would be no better than .500.

    2. With the Mets beating up Millwood, do we think they will no longer be interested in his services when looking to bolster the pitching staff at the trade deadline? He certainly didn't impress me much, and hasn't been doing anything lately that John Maine or RA Dickey couldn't also do in the long run.

    3. David Wright is currently unconscious. In 11 June games he his hitting .405 with 4 HR and 13 RBI. He's also only struck out 5 times in his last 9 games, a vast improvement from earlier this season. Very small sample sizes to get overly excited, but it's good to know David's still capable of these types of hot streaks. And please don't tell me how this is only increasing his trade value. Wright should be a Met for life. He is our Derek Jeter.

    4. I also don't want to hear how the Mets have "turned a corner" now by sweeping a series on the road. It was against the Orioles, and feelings need to be tempered. I'm just as happy the Mets have figured out how to finally win on the road, but let's see what they do in Cleveland and Yankee Stadium before we start making any bold predictions.

  3. SAvid June 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    Great to have the old David back
  4. MikeTomaselli June 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    I think 2 of 3 in Cleveland at least and 1 of 3 at least in the Bronx is reasonable to expect. I think it would show the Mets can beat bad teams and compete with good ones on the road.

    I'm finally seeing David Wright get comfortable. He doesn't look tense at the plate. Wide-eyed if you will. He just looks relaxed and letting it fly. stay this way, please, to shut up the haters.

    Bay needs to keep this approach as well. BTW this was by far the best lineup the Mets have had all year. Reyes/Pagan/Wright/Davis/Bay/Carter is a wonderful 1-6. It flows so well with left/right hitters, it has speed, and it has power. Wright looks more comfortable batting 3rd as well. In fact he seems to love coming up with a runner on base in the first inning. That seems to have relaxed his approach. Now he just goes up to get a hit, not necessarily a bomb. His Ks are down and his average is up, all while hitting for power. It's a beautiful thing.