Mets Game 159: Phillies
Phillies 9 Mets 4
The Mets altered their role of “spoiler”, by spoiling the Phillies’ bid for a 9-game losing streak.
Mets Game Notes
Seeing Roy Halladay pitch against Mike Pelfrey and calling it a “contrast in styles” would be an understatement. I wouldn’t say Halladay was spectacular, but his approach and execution are head and shoulders above most other starting pitchers currently in MLB. As a baseball fan, it was a pleasure to watch him at his craft; as a Mets fan, it made my stomach turn — as did watching Pelfrey.
Big Pelf made it through only three full innings, removed for pinch-hitter Josh Satin in the bottom of the third after allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. For those interested, that comes out to just a hint more than three baserunners per inning. Pelf couldn’t exit the game fast enough.
D.J. Carrasco followed in Pelfrey’s footsteps, giving up another four runs on four hits and a walk in his one inning of “work”. Again, if you’re interested, I’ll do the math for you: lessee … 4 hits + 1 walk = 5 baserunners, divided by 1 inning … hmm … per my calculation that comes out to 5 baserunners per inning! On the bright side, USS Submarine Carrasco did strike out two batters, so there’s that. Those 2 strikeouts in 1 inning work out to 18 Ks/9 IP. See how stats can make things seem better?
I think it’s really cool that the Mets are letting Carrasco experiment with his submarine delivery against real-live MLB hitters, because it shows without debate just how ineffective that arm slot is for the veteran slop-thrower. My guess is the only way Carrasco can hope to be effective throwing as a submariner is via divine intervention. But hey, we have all winter to keep the faith; maybe we should light candles every Sunday or perform a novena.
OK let’s try to focus on the positive aspects of the ballgame. Jason Pridie was a homerun short of hitting for the cycle, and that would’ve been cool. He went 3-for-3 with a walk. Another nice thing that happened was Ronny Paulino’s two-run homerun to put the Mets on the scoreboard. It was his second homerun of the season — his first came on June 8th. Justin Turner smacked two doubles hitting in the #5 spot of the order (behind “cleanup man” Nick Evans) and while playing 3B. And finally, there was everyone’s favorite September call-up Val Pascucci, whose pinch-hit single drove in a run.
Next Mets Game
The Mets begin the final series of the year on Monday night with a game against the Cincinnati Reds. Game time is 7:10 PM and will pit Chris Schwinden against Homer Bailey.