Mets Game 105: Win Over Reds
Mets 10 Reds 9
The sweep that almost wasn’t.
Mets Game Notes
When the Mets were leading 9-3 in the fifth, it seemed as though the game was in the bag. The Reds appeared to be laying down and Dusty Baker was either sleeping, folding up the tent, or trying to teach Homer Bailey a “lesson” by leaving him in the game to pitch the fifth, because he was clearly struggling mightily. Or maybe Baker was rewarding Bailey for hitting an RBI single. Whatever it was, the surprise of Bailey starting the fifth became ludicrous after he loaded the bases. And then it became obscene when Baker STILL didn’t remove Bailey after he gave up a two-run single to Angel Pagan. The obscenity resulted in a bases-clearing double by Jason Bay. If the issue was the fact that a reliever wasn’t ready, that’s not an excuse — it’s mismanagement. I was stunned to see Bailey get an at-bat in the bottom half of the fourth and return to pitch the fifth, much less last as long as he did in the fifth frame. But, what do I know, I’m just a blogger.
While the Mets were eating Homer Bailey alive, Chris Capuano had a curiously uneven outing. Like his last start, he was pretty good through five, then lost all semblance of reality in the sixth. Is it fatigue? Is it lack of focus? Is it a matter of hitters figuring him out after two plate appearances? Is it just dumb luck? I’m not really sure — maybe it’s a blend of all those issues.
Lucky for Capuano, the Mets are suddenly an offensive force; perhaps it has something to do with dealing away that dead weight known as Carlos Beltran. David Wright, Angel Pagan, and Jason Bay each had three hits apiece, Dan Murphy scored three times, and Lucas Duda drove in three runs. If the Mets had Beltran maybe they would’ve scored 15 or 20 runs, who knows?
Jason Isringhausen notched his fourth save in K-Rod-like fashion, allowing a homer to Joey Votto to put the Reds just one run behind. At least these games are still interesting until the end.
Next Mets Game
The Mets move on to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Nationals. Friday night’s game begins at 7:05 PM and pits Dillon Gee vs. Chien-Ming Wang, who will be making his first MLB start since July 4th 2009. As a baseball fan, I am excited to see Wang pitch after the long journey of rehabilitating his shoulder.