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.

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 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm
    In a perfect world, bay would stay hot for another game or 2 and we could pawn him off on somebody.Too bad the world is not perfect.Isringhausen is proving like Takahashi did last year that unless you can gete Mariano Rivera, it never pays to give a closer huge money.except for Mariano, they all blow 6-8 saves a year at a minimum and you are better off to try a low priced option and get the same results and pay the big bucks to someone more deserving.(NOT JASON BAY!!)
  2. SiddFinch July 29, 2011 at 12:31 am
    Dusty Baker is again proving why he’s one of the most overrated Mgrs. in MLB. He’s to managing what Joe Morgan was to announcing.
  3. Joe July 29, 2011 at 7:33 am
    Acosta!

    The three run homer he gave up does point to one of those questionable statistical things in baseball.

    I think it would make more sense if relievers had to be responsible for the bases they gave up. If the bases were loaded and Acosta gave up a bases cleaning double, he would get charged with no runs while the earlier pitcher would get three. If the earlier pitcher gave up a single and that scored, he would be charged with the run, even though the reliever was 3/4 responsible for the person scoring.

    With computers and all, including ever changing batting averages and such, it would be perfectly easy to determine such things right away. Is there a reason why relievers’ ERAs are not more penalized? Maybe there is. Still, seems a bit off.

    • Joe Janish July 29, 2011 at 10:35 am
      Agreed 100%. The only stat that sort of addresses the issue is inherited runners / inherited runners scored. But it’s not easy to find that stat on most websites; it’s usually buried somewhere.