Mets Game 19: Win Over Marlins
Mets 3 Marlins 2
Mets complete a sweep of the Marlins on Kirk Nieuwenhuis day.
Mets Game Notes
A previous engagement – my full-time job – precludes me from posting notes until after I watch the game tonight via the magic of DVR. In the meantime feel free to post your notes in the comments.
Next Mets Game
The Mets fly out to Colorado to play the Rockies in a three-game weekend series beginning Friday night at 8:40 p.m. EST. It looks like Chris Schwinden will come up from Buffalo to face Drew Pomeranz.
Well, I did pre-season that Pelfrey should go ….
Duda didn’t look awful, but also not as locked in as the previous game. We may have to wait some more. I’ve liked his approach all along, he just needs to do a better job squaring up the pitches he swings at.
Ike‘s timing is completely off. I don’t think he can fix it without facing actual pitchers. How much are we going to let him hurt the team while he works on it? My impression is “as long as it takes”, unfortunately. The fact that it’s taking this long and that he’s so useless when cold bodes ill for his future, honestly. Everyone slumps, but good hitters don’t bat .120 for three weeks. I have no idea why he isn’t trying to wait on pitches and line them to left.
Niese maintained great control and command of his curve without over-using it. He didn’t throw it back-to-back, and no one measured it all night. Great sequences. Good fastball location away, good enough in. Kept the cutter right at the knees. No walks. Cruising when removed, probably could have gone 9. I hope a goal this season is to build his stamina. If he’s still leaving games after 97 pitches in June, I’ll be bummed.
Poor Pelf. Well, I was the dick who said, “Make him throw 95 even if his arm falls off,” so I guess I can’t complain. I just wish we had better back-up options. Hopefully luck is with Chris Young… Anyway, props to Pelf, I may not have liked his pitching, but always a good guy, and seems to be handling this well. I do wonder, though, whether this little tear might be old news and he should just pitch until it gets worse, in case it never does. But I guess that’d be bad for his career path… I’m assuming that’s what his agent had in mind when he hit Mike with the scare tactic of “pitching with a bad elbow could mess up your shoulder!” Uh, no, that only becomes a factor when the elbow actually hurts…
No disrespect to you or Mr. Torres, but the Mets could not get a pitcher of Schwinden’s caliber for him at this point in the season.