Mets Game 56: Win Over Pirates

Mets 9 Pirates 8

It was an exciting, dramatic, come-from-behind victory the likes of which we haven’t seen in 11 years.

But was the win a direct result of Terry’s tirade? And what is wrong with Mike Pelfrey?

Mets Game Notes

I’d like to say that the Mets were motivated by Terry Collins’ temper tantrum from the evening before; it would make a nice story. But I can’t say that in full conscience after seeing more sloppiness in the first two plays of the game and watching the team fall 6 runs behind in the first two frames. Yes, they didn’t give up — but giving up was never the issue with this 2011 Mets team. The issue is fundamentals, and the team remains flawed in that respect. No amount of anger, fire, or brimstone from Terry Collins’ mouth is going to make the Mets more fundamentally sound or scare players into being winners and/or team players. It’s not the type of thing that can change overnight — as much as we’d like it to be. But for the moment, we can bask in the fable that Collins’ conniption resulted in a dramatic come-from-behind win; it won’t hurt anyone to feel that way.

Back to reality … Mike Pelfrey was awful. I’ve come to the decision that Pelfrey must still be hurt. If you remember, Big Pelf was getting shot up with pain killers before every start last year due to a shoulder injury. I’m betting that shoulder is still barking, based on his ineffectiveness and his dramatic drop in velocity (he was riding around 90-91). I’m also betting that the pain in his shoulder is the reason for his mechanical adjustments, which in turn negatively affect his command. That’s my theory, anyway.

I did not see this game live, which stinks for me; those who did see it live were treated to something special. That said I won’t comment further on the ballgame as you likely already know the story from seeing it or reading about it elsewhere. Just one note: can we assume that Carlos Beltran is NOT one of the players who Bob Ojeda would like “weeded out”? Or is Beltran one of those guys who does his job and goes home?

Next Mets Game

The Mets host the Braves for a three-game weekend set beginning Friday night. Jon Niese takes the ball against Derek Lowe. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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. JoeBourgeois June 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    Good to see the bullpen hold a lead (for the most part).

    Joe, do you have a comment on how Izzy has been throwing?

  2. Joe June 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm
    Pelfrey managed to pitch five, saving the bullpen from being extended even further. Small favor there.

    When each pitch hit/run move works, even Hairston, it’s a charmed game.

    Thanks, but why he pitched carefully to 0 and 9 Evans to deal with someone that just yesterday showed he is a credible hitter in a key spot is unclear.

  3. Mic June 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm
    ?….the ace stepped up?

    Joe asked who should go? Me, pelf goes. He is gil meche light…all promise but soon to be paid…i think several team will want pel and soon as a 3rd starter.

    Dave wright. No he is not the problem, but he will fetch some great pieces in return. I think trading to the Hometown (kinda) Os sets them up to compete and they have exvess to trade.

  4. gary s. June 3, 2011 at 12:42 am
    Mic, David will never win a world series with the o’s, but man he would hit a ton of home runs in that ballpark