Mets Game 86: Win Over Dodgers

Mets 6 Dodgers 0

Mets are now 3-0 without Jose Reyes. Maybe they SHOULD trade him after all?

Mets Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey pitched well, keeping his cool and working out of a few jams; he stranded 9 baserunners. He was doing a great job of spotting his sinker on both corners and mixing in what looked like a split or change-up; whatever it was, it was diving down hard and was about 8 MPH slower than the fastball — just enough to keep the batters off-balance.

Do little things matter? Well, Angel Pagan was picked off first base in the top of the fifth, but James Loney took forever to get rid of the ball and then threw the ball high and wide of second baseman Aaron Miles, allowing Pagan to slide into second base safely. A few minutes later, Carlos Beltran hit a two-out, two-run homer to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Had Pagan been put out, that dinger likely doesn’t happen.

That Beltran blast gave the Mets 162 runs scored with two outs — most in the NL.

Guess who else went yard? Jason Bay, of all people. Twice, no less. Bay has very quietly boosted his average 45 points over his last 19 games, and is hitting .350 over the last 7 days.

Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless 8th, but struggled to make that happen. His command was non-existent, particularly with the curveball.

Next Mets Game

Game three of this four-game set begins at 10:10 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday night. Jonathon Niese goes to the hill against Hiroki Kuroda. I’m smelling the makings of a sweep, how about you?

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. gary s. July 6, 2011 at 9:05 am
    The battle of the bankrupt teams continues tonite.Interesting article in the ny post yesterday.It asked the following, if a team is broke and had to borrow 25 mill to pay operating expenses and is losing money on the year due to declining attendence, how does it pay a star player 140 million dollars?
    • Joe Janish July 6, 2011 at 9:58 am
      This is America, silly. Next you’re going to ask how three CEOs of bankrupt auto companies take their private jets to a meeting with the US gov’t. to beg for bailout money.
  2. John Amirante July 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    *Toupe raises to the rafters*

  3. Garett July 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    If they trade Reyes, I’m done Joe.