Mets 7 Astros 4
The Mets win the weekend and head home with their heads held high, finishing their quick road trip 4-2.
Mets Game Notes
Chris Capuano allowed only two runs, but allowed a number of hard-hit, long-distance drives — some of which turned into outs and others that didn’t result in runs scored. He likely would not fare well in a small park — which is something opposing teams may take into consideration if he’s put on the trading block in July. When it was all said and done his line looked like this: 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K.
Justin Turner drove in a career-high 5 runs, blasting a double and a home run.
In the 5th inning, down by two with none out and men on first and second, #7 hitter Justin Turner was ordered by Terry Collins to sacrifice bunt. No idea why. If anyone can offer an explanation that makes sense, please do so in the comments. Luckily, Turner missed two attempts and was “forced” to swing away — he hit a two-run double to tie the ballgame. Jason Pridie followed with a single to score Turner and put the Mets ahead. Later that inning, Pridie stole home on the front end of a double steal with Jose Reyes.
That rally (and inning) began with first baseman Carlos Lee dropping a popup on the pitcher’s mound to allow Jason Bay to reach safely. Little things mean a lot.
Dan Murphy managed to draw a walk on only three balls in the fifth. Nick trick.
The Mets had a comfy 7-2 lead going into the sixth, but the ‘stros chipped away with a run in the bottom of the sixth and another in the eighth, prompting Collins to call on his closer K-Rod once again. Francisco Rodriguez notched his 12th save and 15th finish of the year. Forty more finishes and he gets the pot of gold.
Food for thought: the Mets have nearly an identical record to the Boston Red Sox right now. Unfortunately, their record is also identical to their NL East basement roommates, the Washington Nationals.
Next Mets Game
The Mets host the Marlins in Flushing on Monday night at 7:10 PM. Aces Mike Pelfrey and Josh Johnson go head to head.
About the Author
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.