Mets Game 144: Win Over Cubs

Mets 5 Cubs 4

Back in competition with other second-division clubs, the Mets re-assert their dominance as the elite among the mediocre. Thankfully, the Mets didn’t just trounce the Cubs, but instead let Chicago remain in the ballgame, allowing for a furiously exciting finish.

They may not be able to put many more fannies in the seats, but at least the Mets are keeping the fannies that are, at the edge of their seats.

Mets Game Notes

The game ball has to go to Justin Turner, whose walk-off ground-rule (or is it rule-book?) double scored Jason Pridie with the winning run. Turner’s dramatic blast came after the Cubs intentionally walked the NL’s leading hitter (Jose Reyes, for those unaware), and four innings after another double by Turner put the Mets ahead 4-3.

Though, Nick Evans was close to getting another game ball, since if not for Evans’ ability to lead off the ninth with a single, Pridie would not have pinch-run and scored the eventual winning run. Evans also drove in a run in the fourth inning to tie the game three-all.

Also providing offense was the still-hot Jason Bay, who hit two doubles and drove in a run.

By the way, do you realize Turner has one less double on the year than Jose Reyes? He’s also batting .352 with RISP — and .341 with two outs and RISP.

Mike Pelfrey pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving the Mets length, but I wouldn’t say he “cruised” through his stint. He threw 111 pitches, which isn’t a terrible volume for nearly seven innings’ work, but it’s not great. He pitched two clean innings, and struggled through the others — getting saved a few times by the Mets defense. But, this is what Pelfrey has evolved into: an innings-eater who sometimes gives his team length and a chance to win the ballgame.

Remember what I said about not being ready to trust Manny Acosta? Yeah.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Cubs do it again on Saturday afternoon at 1:10 PM. Chris Capuano faces Randy Wells.

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.