Mets Game 28: Win Over Phillies

Mets 2 Phillies 1

United States Special Forces, executing a CIA operation, shot Osama Bin Laden and took possession of his dead body. Though this doesn’t signify the end of terrorism nor the defeat of Al-Qaeda, it is a welcome turn of events and a symbol of victory for many of us.

In other news, the Mets and Phillies engaged in comparatively meaningless ballgame.

Mets Game Notes

Like Jon Niese on Saturday, Chris Young pitched well enough to win, allowing only one run on 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 7 in 7 innings. But, the Mets offense couldn’t muster more than one run off Cliff Lee, so Young left the game without a decision.

Pedro Beato was spectacular, pitching three innings of scoreless relief, allowing 2 hits in a 43-pitch effort. Most impressive was that he was as cool as a cucumber and completely composed. Also, he was confident, having no fear throwing strikes to Ryan Howard when he had a base open. Big, big step for Beato.

Taylor Buchholz also pitched well, spinning the final two frames to earn the victory. In the process, he extended his bullpen season-high scoreless innings to 8.2 innings.

Ronny Paulino collected 5 hits in his Mets debut, including two against righthanders and one of those was the one that drove in the winning run of the game. Paulino also threw out Ben Francisco attempting to steal in the bottom of the tenth.

Bobby Valentine pointed out something I hadn’t noticed before: Ike Davis “steps in the bucket” a little more against lefties than he does vs. righties. I’ve always noted Davis’ habit of striding toward first base instead of directly toward the pitcher, but never realized he stepped further when a lefty is on the mound. That’s somewhat unusual, and would help explain any problems Ike may have hitting lefties.

The Mets are undefeated with Ronny Paulino in the lineup. Coincidence?

Next Mets Game

The Mets have a day off on Monday and then host the Giants in Flushing on Tuesday at 7:10 PM. R.A. Dickey goes to the mound against Ryan Vogelsong.

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 May 2, 2011 at 1:32 am
    Ugh Joe I was really hoping you weren’t going there with the goddamn Bin Laden stuff, I’m sure we’ll all get our fill of bloodthirsty chest-thumping over the next few days.

    Beato looks great, ESPN announcers sounded surprised they were sending him back out for a third inning but I thought it was absolutely the right move.

    What is with JBays noodle arm? Was this one of the knocks on him coming in… a strong throw there nails the runner and we save ourselves 5 innings of futility.

    Oh, and RONNIE PAULINO!!!! Let me just say that this guy looks like he smells blood… Thole has NOT seized the starting job and I think that was signaled by management/coaching staff with the praise for Nick (in fairness, he was ok) in the media. Ronnie can take the starting job if he wants it and it looks to me like he wants it!

    • Joe Janish May 2, 2011 at 9:39 am
      The “goddamn bin laden stuff” was a significant event to me and I imagine some others. This blog isn’t the place to discuss nor debate it but I felt it was appropriate to acknowledge it.
  2. Ronny Paulino May 2, 2011 at 8:08 am
    My name is Ronny, respect it.
  3. NormE May 2, 2011 at 8:16 am
    Joe, I think a closer look at many righty hitters would show
    that they step in the bucket more against righty pitchers as opposed to lefties, and the same is true with guys who swing from Davis’ side. This is especially true if the pitcher has a
    style which hides the ball or has a sharp hook. The bucket step might not be a big one, but it is often there.
    • Joe Janish May 2, 2011 at 8:40 am
      You raise an intriguing theory that I must now investigate. I’ve never noticed such a significant difference among MLBers but now I’ll keep my eye on it. Any other batters in particular that you notice with this issue?
  4. Joe May 2, 2011 at 9:50 am
    If we wish to allude to other events, Shea Stadium has a small role there too. It was an emergency area after it happened, Bobby Valentine volunteered and after a week layoff, there was an emotional return to baseball, the players wearing hats with insignia of rescue organizations.

    As to the game, after something of a horrid game, the Mets did show something the next two. Ike Davis was held in check, but so were many Phillies hitters. Beato was as central as Young in winning that game and TB made up for his failure the day before with two winning innings.

  5. Walnutz15 May 2, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Joe, I’m sure that millions of baseball fans were trapped in a “baseball cocoon” last night – and that no one was paying any of that Bin Laden stuff any mind whatsoever.

    In all seriousness. . . . there was a Met game last night?

    They won against the Phils?


    Guess I’ll have to check it out on DVR.

  6. Mike May 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    Ike stepped in the bucket last year and did really well against lefties. I think either he is coming back to earth or he will start getting a few more knocks. I think as long as he doesn’t over think it (a-la D.Wright) then he will be fine.
  7. Mic May 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    1. I think Ike will adjust.

    2. What did I say about the mets needing a veteran catcher”……..he could have been 0-7 but his signal ing was huge. No bad on thole….he is young and young and catcher don’t usually go together. That said in a 2 catcher tandem thole can learn and grow.

    3. What did I say about Beato?….I have gee, Beato, dickey, Niese and young in my 5-man rotation, cappy as reliever and pelfrey traded away.

  8. Nick May 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm
    When I heard the “USA USA USA” chants, I thought one of two things. Either we killed Bin Laden or some guy is streaking on the field with the American flag painted on his ass