Mets Game 97: Win Over Cardinals

Mets 6 Cardinals 5

Mets win the series and go one over the magical .500 mark.

Mets Game Notes

R.A. Dickey wasn’t tremendous, but he gave the Mets 6 1/3 innings and kept them in the game — which is about all you can ask of a #4 / #5 starter. Unfortunately for the Mets, their entire rotation is comprised of #4/#5 starters. Ah well.

Carlos Beltran hit a prodigious homer into the Pepsi Porch that tied the game 4-all. I’m savoring each of his at-bats while waiting for his imminent exit from Flushing.

Nice to see Angel Pagan blast the walkoff homer in the bottom of the tenth, considering how much he’s struggled lately. I was beginning to lose faith in his ability to hit.

Jason Bay left the game with a tight right hamstring. I’m not sure whether to report this as good news or bad news; you decide.

Jason Isringhausen pitched two solid innings of relief to earn the win. He must have been doing a great job of hiding the ball, or possibly pitching out of a white or lighted background, because it looked as though the Cardinals hitters were not picking up and seeing the ball out of his hand — they were swinging late and at balls well out of the strike zone. Hopefully, the scouts didn’t notice him shaking his arm after every pitch, because he’s suddenly a viable trading chip.

The Cardinals scored their fifth run on a two-out drag bunt by Gerald Laird. I don’t think I’ve ever before seen a backup catcher attempt — much less execute — a “safety squeeze” with two outs. But then again, I’ve only witnessed about 5,000 games in my lifetime.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Cardinals finish the series with a 12:10 PM start on Thursday afternoon — so be sure to set the DVR if you will be at work. Jon Niese goes to the hill against Jake Westbrook.

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. Jimmy Prinzler July 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm
    It was MUCH needed walk-off from Pagan since Bay is struggling with his bat and now hes hurting with hammy. I expect Pagan to step up. By the way it’s 6-5 game but we’re all humans.
    • Joe Janish July 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm
      Woops! I lost count somewhere … thanks for the correction, it’s been fixed.

      Agreed, I’m looking for Pagan to go on a tear. He’ll need to if Beltran gets dealt.

  2. Midwestern Met July 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    On the anniversary of the Moon landing, Angel Pagan sent one there himself. Way to go Mets!
  3. Steve S. July 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    Niese looks like a #3 lately; the others are lower.
    • Joe Janish July 21, 2011 at 8:36 am
      Key word is “lately”.

      R.A. Dickey looked like a #2 around this time last year, too.

  4. gary s. July 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm
    The best part of the game was the announcers doing the game from the pepsi porch until pagan homered (almost in the lap of the announcers)
  5. SiddFinch July 21, 2011 at 12:25 am
    should beltran’s departure really be imminent?

    i’m not so sure. my question is, particularly after kirk n’s surgey, how close are future nym minor league of’er’s to the show?

    wouldn’t the mets be better served signing beltran to a two-year, w/ a third year team option?

    we’re not talking moises alou on his last legs kind of deal here. beltran has future value-even at 120-140 gms a year for the Mets of ’12-’13.

    let’s put it this way…who is his replacement?


    kirk n?



    sometimes the best moves are those not made.

    • Joe Janish July 21, 2011 at 8:40 am
      I don’t believe the Wilpons are willing to pay Beltran the $7-10M+ per year he’ll command on the open market. Also don’t believe that Beltran wants to spend the next two years on a team in rebuilding mode. Wouldn’t you expect him to move on to a contender and get a legit shot at a ring?
      • marathonmet July 21, 2011 at 8:53 am
        I agree with both of you that its a two way question: for the Mets, is it reasonable to offer beltran a 2-3 year contract and for beltran, is it reasonable to stay.

        In both cases, arguments for and against can be made, but today the media/blogsphere/market seam to believe that its a sure thing he leaves.

        In my opinion, from the Mets perspective, Beltran still bring talent to the table and his price should not be a barrier. From beltrans perspective, if the Mets can put a plan on the table, showing their intentions to have a competitive team in the 2-3 year span, then Beltran might go along with it. The man wants a ring. Where will it give him more value, in philly or in NY?

  6. wohjr July 21, 2011 at 1:38 am
    Prodigious homer for sure, though not as big as berkman’s last night which was a very impressive bridge shot… probably top three with the davis and dunn shots out in that direction. Will be sad to see tron go, I always liked him despite the mole
    • Joe Janish July 21, 2011 at 8:43 am
      Who says his mole has to go? Maybe the Mets will hold on to it and put it in the Mets HOF Museum.
      • gary s. July 21, 2011 at 8:57 am
        I’m not sure, but i think we can get a draft pick at the end of the year for the mole.Trade carlos, keep the mole for the possible draft pick.Of course if u also blame the mole for the wainwright strikeout, it has to be traded also.
        • Roland Agni July 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm
          Oh sure, blame the mole. Why is it always the mole that gets blamed? Really not fair.
  7. Joe July 21, 2011 at 8:33 am
    If your #4 or #5 will consistently keep you in the game and give you 6-7 innings on a regular basis while repeatedly giving you around three earned (one run tacked now and again by questionable play), as the Mets starters as a whole have, many teams will take it.
    • Joe Janish July 21, 2011 at 9:48 am
      How many is “many” ?

      The Mets’ starting pitchers as a whole have been more consistent and given more innings than we’ve seen in Flushing in several years. Unfortunately, that is a trend throughout the NL — every team’s rotation is performing better than in years past. Take a look at the NL team starter splits and you’ll see that the Mets’ rotation is only in the middle of the pack — by pure numbers, in fact, it could be argued that the Nationals’ starters are slightly better.

      In other words, what the Mets starters have been doing this year may seem special to we Mets fans, but isn’t really all that special in the grand scheme of things — it’s about average.

      • Joe July 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm
        Sounds like we are on the same page — “take it” suggests the average nature of the whole affair. It is not overly enthusiastic.
        • Joe Janish July 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm
          Same page, same name … it’s as if we are the same person.
  8. Timo July 21, 2011 at 9:31 am
    I called Carlos Beltran’s homerun last night before he hit it. My wife was amazed! Carlos is locked in. He sees that he can be traded to a contender and is doing everything he can to get there. Philly is very interested. I unfortunately live on the border of Philly/NY in NJ. I get both Philly and NY radio stations and TV stations. Philly radio stations come in better and they LOVE Carlos! They want him badly. So, I think we’ll get a good prospect for him from Philly. I doubt it will be Dominic Brown but we can get some other good prospect from Philly. ALSO, Beltran will play like he did with the Astros in the playoffs before we signed him because he wants to cash in on his last BIG payday! He will be OK next few year but not great. I don’t mind seeing him go, we are rebuilding and he’s not our future.
  9. Timo July 21, 2011 at 10:35 am
    Philly stations are staying the Mets want Domonic Brown (OF) or Vance Worley (P) for Beltran. I would take either guy.
    Domonic Brown
    Vance Worley