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.