Mets Game 38: Win Over Astros
Mets 6 Astros 4
A good sign: the Mets can beat the worst teams in baseball. If nothing else, it suggests that the Mets may not be among the bottom-feeders.
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee was so-so through five frames, then broke down in the sixth. He also wasn’t helped by reliever Ryota Igarashi, who allowed two inherited runners to score. When it was all said and done, Gee’s final line was 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 6K. Not impressive, but he managed to get a no-decision to keep his won-loss record unblemished.
Astros starter Bud Norris did a good job of keeping the Mets hitters handcuffed until Jason Bay hit a solo homer in the 7th and Fernando Martinez blasted a two-run job in the 8th. Then reliever Jeff Fulchino came in to give up a monstrous two-run homer to David Wright to give the Mets the lead. Just like that, the Mets were ahead 5-4 after being down for most of the ballgame.
The Astros, by the way, are awful. Their hitters are clueless and ineffective; Keith Hernandez pointed out several moments when Houston batters should have been aggressive and swinging at hittable fastballs in RISP situations but let them go for reasons unknown. Billy Hall is a disaster; the only reason he had an RBI single is because Igarashi is even less prepared and aware than Hall. Third base coach Dave Clark also managed to make a few mistakes in sending runners, which didn’t help things. I think the Astros could have easily scored 7-8 runs but beat themselves offensively.
You may think I’m being negative, but this was a game that was as much lost by the Astros as it was the Mets beating them. Between the poor overall offensive intelligence displayed by the ‘stros combined with the illogical pitch selections by the catchers / pitchers, this was a case of Houston beating themselves. The good thing is that the Mets were able to take advantage.
Hunter Pence had his 15-game hitting streak come to an end, and he made some very questionable decisions as far as swinging at pitches, but one thing I noticed and liked: with two strikes against K-Rod in the 9th, he choked up a good 3-4 inches to gain more bat control. It didn’t help him get a hit, but it definitely helped him stay in the at-bat longer.
This was the first time this season that the Mets came back from more than two runs behind to win a ballgame.
Francisco Rodriguez came on for a four-out save — his 11th — and also finished his 14th game. 41 more for the pot of gold. He’ll need to get one “finish” out of every three games going forward to cash in.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Astros do it again at 4:05 PM on Saturday afternoon. No worries, it’s not a FOX contest; it will be televised on WPIX. The Mets send R.A. Dickey to the mound against J.A. Happ. I’m not sure, but it may be the first time an R.A. faced a J.A.