Mets Game 76: Loss to Rangers

Rangers 8 Mets 1

Can you say “tack on”?

If you are not sure what that term means, then review what the Rangers did in this ballgame.

Mets Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey wasn’t awful, but he struggled just enough in the early going to give away the game. Big Pelf allowed an RBI single and a two-run homer in the first frame and that was more or less the ballgame, since the Mets offense resembled the 1976 vintage. After the first inning, Pelfrey pitched well. But, unfortunately, all the innings count.

Manny Acosta was atrocious in relief, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks — including 2 homeruns — in 1 2/3 innings of work. If he’s not DFA’d before game time Saturday I’ll be surprised.

Jason Bay continues to swing the bat well. He didn’t almost hit for the cycle, but he did rap three singles — one to right field, two to center. By hitting safely up the middle and the other way, it tells me he is waiting for the ball to “get deep” and keeping himself balanced while he’s waiting; Wade Boggs used to say “wait and weight”. Good sign.

Why was Scott Hairston the DH? I know it’s because he supposedly kills lefties but a.) Matt Harrison is much tougher on RH hitters than LH and b.) if you are not going to play Lucas Duda semi-regularly then why is he on the 25-man roster? Let’s be realistic here: the Mets are NOT going to the playoffs this year. Hairston is 30-something and not part of the future. So, let’s see what the youngins’ can do. And let’s see if Duda can hit lefties. And let’s not develop platoon players. Or am I being unreasonable?

Texas is now 28-9 when they hit a home run.

Elvis Andrus went 2-for-2 before spraining his wrist on an awkward head-first slide. He left the game and I bet will be out the rest of the weekend.

Darren Oliver made an appearance and pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning. And here I thought his 2006 season was an aberration and he was washed up. Oh well. Hey, on the bright side, Oliver’s exit opened the door for us to watch hometown hero Scott Schoeneweis for two glorious seasons.

And while we’re on the subject of former Mets on the Rangers, how is that Nelson Cruz – for – Jorge Velandia deal looking now?

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Rangers do it again at 4:10 PM EST in Arlington, Texas. You know what that means: it will be televised on FOX. Yee-ha. Jonathon Niese will climb the hill against Alexi Ogando.

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. Steve S. June 25, 2011 at 12:14 am
    Pelfrey is up and down, making bad pitches in key spots. I’d trade him (especially with his salary about to go up again this winter).

    Agree on Acosta. 95 mph FB, but straight. Doesn’t know how to pitch. Time to DFA him again.

    Mets lack power. I agree that Duda should play more. Let’s see what he can do-da.

    Bay IS coming around. I wouldn’t be too surprised if he hits a few HRs in TX.

    Alderson will start trading and building this team for the future soon—as the Mets fall out of the race for a playoff spot. Maybe Lutz will be brought up to play some 3B even. When Beltran and KRod are traded we might see FMart and Kirk brought up, with Duda playing in RF and 1B.

  2. murph June 25, 2011 at 1:41 am
    Hey Joe,
    I will take a shot at answering one of your questions:
    “if you are not going to play Lucas Duda semi-regularly then why is he on the 25-man roster?”

    Because right now the Mets need a back-up first baseman.
    Nick Evans failed (0 for 12) in the limited opportunity they gave him. There is nobody else currently in the organization suited be the backup first baseman, except Val Pascucci (30-something and not part of the future). If Ike Davis is indeed out for the season, perhaps they will send Duda down and bring up Evans or Pascucci. Either would have to be added to the 40-man roster.

    Collins was probably just going with the match-ups tonight, plus Hairston earned a start with the way he had been hitting lately. I am sure Duda will get some cracks as the DH vs. Texas and Detroit.

    • Steve S. June 25, 2011 at 9:56 am
      Zach Lutz is a RH bat and he can play 1B and 3B.
    • Joe Janish June 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm
      Agreed that Collins was playing the matchups. I guess that’s my point: why? Why bother to play matchups in individual games when they don’t do anything to help the club over the long haul? The team is going nowhere, so who cares if matchups help them go 79-83 instead of 75-87? Does winning a few extra games in 2011 help develop players needed in 2012 and beyond?
      • Joe June 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm
        Will Collins be here “beyond” 2012? What incentive does he have to think long term, really?

        A bit hard to really. Of course, that has been a big problem for this team. Properly looking long term. Signing you know who for 36M, not really thinking long term. (Or even remembering the past) Signing Bay for some much. Various other things. The last thing was a “we need to do SOMETHING now thing.”

  3. izzy June 25, 2011 at 8:07 am
    Don’t write your Backman to the Nats story. Davey Johnson is going to give it one more turn. But yesterday the Nats named McClaren the interim manager until Monday when Rizzo said they’d have a new interim guy for the season. So McClaren goes nuts and gets ejected and bumps the ump ao the Nats had to have an acting interim interim manager to finish the game. So if Davey doesn’t show up today and McClaren gets suspended for bumping the ump is the guy today the interim interim interim manager? Do the Nats set a new all time record for managers in a week?
    • Joe June 25, 2011 at 9:04 am
      Given last night’s game, they will find a way to win somehow.
      • izzy June 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm
        The Nats seem to think they’re the ’69 Mets. Seemingly, so do the Pirates.
    • Joe Janish June 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm
      The Nats are still behind the 1961-62 Cubs, who used an eight-man rotation of managers (no kidding).
  4. Mic June 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    1, thanks steve…i am not alone! The debate on reyes is moot if we keep pelfrey! Reyes IS a. Franchise player. You spend to keep that caliber of player.

    Meanwhile guess what? Pelfrey has over the last 3 seasons pushed himself into a category previously housing ollie and john maine…..players who pitched well enuff to get into the 10mill/yr zipcode. Ironically just when wright, reyes, were getting paid, minaya held out on maine… Subsequently his shoulder blew out before he could get paid.

    My point is that pelfrey even more so than carlos beltran represents money on july 31st…pel could keep a number of pitching short teams in the race..Cheaply! Then they can deal with his arbitration money.

    Meanwhile on the farm jeurys and harvey are advancing rapidly on pelfreys position. And santana will want his ace spot back.

    Ps joe. The only one secure in next year is sandy. Thats why tc will continue to yell and match up. Clues? Ike is set so why rush him? Everyone else is playing for their positions …on the mets or off.

    • Steve S. June 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm
      Yes, even in his “best’ year, Pelfrey’s WHIP was 1.377. And Baseball Reference has John Maine as one of his similar players!