Mets Game 100: Win Over Cardinals

Mets 8 Cardinals 2

Clearly, the Mets front office knows EXACTLY what they’re doing.

Because after coming to the decision that Jerry Manuel and his coaching staff were the right people to be in charge, and in particular decided that no one should be a scapegoat for an underperforming offense, the Mets went right out and POUNDED the mighty St. Louis Cardinals. And not only did they beat the Cardinals handily, but they demolished the otherwise outstanding Adam Wainwright — the same Adam Wainwright who had 14 wins and had spun 26 consecutive scoreless innings. The Mets didn’t stop by merely ending his scoreless streak, they stung him to the tune of six runs on six hits and three walks in five innings — no easy feat.

As Jerry Manuel so astutely pointed out in the postgame, the Mets not only won the game, but they “… erased the doubt, coming home …” (please be sure to read that quote as slowly as possible for full effect). I, for one, am completely convinced: the Mets are awesome.

Ironically, the Mets won without their spirited skipper, who was serving a suspension. Hey, wait … many people wanted someone else managing the Mets, someone else did, and the Mets won. Hmmm ….

Leading the offensive charge was none other than Jeff Francoeur. As anyone with a calculator knows, Francoeur is terrible — easily the worst player on the Mets. Yet, it was Francoeur who blasted a three-run homer against the previously invincible Wainwright in the fourth inning to put the Mets ahead for good. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and Francoeur is that weak link, then I am afraid to think what the Mets will do to less-talented NL pitchers.

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese was once again spectacular, spinning six innings and allowing only one run on 7 hits and 2 walks, to earn his 7th win of the season. For the first time this year I liked his arm angle — it was more overhand and more consistent, which gave him good bite on his best pitch (curveball) and made it difficult for the Cardinals hitters to know what was coming. Keep that slot, Jon!

Jose Reyes mashed his seventh homer of the year, a bullet into the upper deck of the Pepsi Porch in right field. I think it’s safe to say he is over the oblique thing.

With his three-run dinger, Jeff Francoeur‘s BABOF (Batting Average on Balls Over the Fence) remains a stellar 1.000.

Carlos Beltran broke out of his slump with a 2-for-3 day, ripping an opposite-field double and poking a Texas Leaguer to drive in a run. He batted in the five hole, which is a better spot for him and the team as he gets back in the groove. Whatever happened to taking it slow and having him play only 2-3 times a week at the outset?

During 1050ESPN’s Michael Kay Show on Tuesday afternoon, Don La Greca positively guaranteed a Mets win on this evening. He’s much better at predictions than I.

Next Mets Game

The Mets continue their assault on the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at 7:10 PM. I’m not clear on who is starting for either team, but several websites are saying it will be Hisanori Takahashi vs. Jaime Garcia. However, we’re also hearing that Johan Santana will pitch instead. Not that it matters — the Mets can set up a tee for St. Louis and they’ll still have a good shot at beating their brains in. The Mets are on a roll, and there is no stopping them!

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. gary s. July 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    beat the cards 2 out of three and sweep the diamondcraps and i’ll be a little impressed..of course, if we lose the next 5 games on the homestand, jerry might be fired..what a dilemma!!!Actually, the formula was easy tonite..no snoop or jason k and we win easy..maybe we can get mlb to suspend jerry for the the whole homestand and see how we do..
  2. murph July 28, 2010 at 12:01 am
    There’s no place like home!
  3. Andy July 28, 2010 at 12:15 am
    Truth and sarcasm . . . all . . . twisted and mixed . . . together. My head hurts.
  4. wohjr July 28, 2010 at 12:52 am
    It feels almost absurd to see the Mets up that far but hey, its nice to have a pleasant baseball experience once in a while. Then again– why pull niese so early? What is Pedro doing up? What is K Rod doing in the game??

    I’ll say this though– if Mike Hessman’s power is commesurate with the size of his morbidly obese lipper, we’re due for a hot streak!

    Seriously mike– kids are watching… Can’t you store that thing in the back left or something??!!!!

    • Andy July 28, 2010 at 5:17 am
      Niese is young, so I’m all in favor of watching his pitch count very carefully. He was already at 105, so not a terribly efficient start even if other things turned out well.

      I know “old school” guys don’t like to watch pitch counts but I think it’s important at least for younger pitchers not to blow out their arms. You can stretch them when they get older. I think it’s worth remembering that even Nolan Ryan, who scoffs so much at pitch counts now, was a reliever most of his time with the Mets and didn’t start regularly pitching MLB complete games until he was 25.

      • Joe Janish July 28, 2010 at 9:33 am
        Andy, that’s an interesting point about Ryan. Though, he did throw 200+ innings as a 19-year-old in the minors.

        I’ve said before and will say again: if a pitcher has sound mechanics that follow Newton’s Laws, and throws a majority of stress-free pitches (fastballs and changeups), and is following a consistent, strict, and daily, supervised throwing program, he should be able to easily throw 150 pitches once every 5 days and it will be a good thing for his development. Of course, everyone is different, and therefore everyone has their limits. Some pitchers may only be able to safely throw 130, others may get up to 180.

        However, few pitchers have sound mechanics, nearly all pitchers rely too heavily on stressful pitches such as the slider, and very few pitchers at the MLB level follow a strict, daily, supervised throwing program.

        As for Niese, his mechanics are shaky and I’m betting that his throwing program is typically casual. So it’s a complete crapshoot as to what his in-game limits should be. The standard 100-pitch milestone has been and continues to be absolutely illogical and yet to prove anything. One look at the number of pitchers on the DL and those having surgeries in the past 15 years is the easiest way to see that generalized in-game pitch counts at the MLB level have no bearing on pitchers’ health.

  5. Paul July 28, 2010 at 2:21 am
    Joe, I want to say the sarcasm can get old.. but it doesn’t! Keep it up!

    Anyway, can someone please figure out how to get whatever the heck everyone eats in New York on the road with them?? Or can we bring letterman with us to do slump-inducing interviews with our road opponents’ best players before every game?

  6. Walnutz15 July 28, 2010 at 8:20 am
    A mid-afternoon e-mail exchange yesterday, between Walnutz and a pal — 3:30pm-ish:

    Pal: Over/Under Mets runs: 1.5

    UNDER

    Walnutz (mulling Met-Universe over)

    Wainwright’s July:

    0.31 ERA — 2nd best monthly ERA in baseball history.

    Mets July:

    .224 Team Batting Average – worst in team history (so far)

    Given the lineup, opposing pitcher, and precedent — along with Met fluke-factor: I’ll take the over tonight.

    It remains to be seen if my hot streak will continue — I took last night as a “W”, while they’d promptly drop the next 2.

    Stay tuned!