Archive: June 23rd, 2009

Mets Game 69: Loss to Cardinals

Cardinals 3 Mets 0

If you were wondering what happens when a bad hitting team runs into a hot pitcher …

Joel Pineiro was magnificent, spinning a complete game, two-hit shutout, the second he’s thrown this season. Pineiro induced 22 ground balls — 21 for outs — and struck out one in completely paralyzing the Mets bats.

The Mets wasted a very good outing by Livan Hernandez, who hurled seven innings of 8-hit, 3-run (2 earned) ball.


Joel Pineiro has evolved into something of a Met killer. Super.

Pineiro scored the first run of the game on a throwing error by first baseman Danny Murphy. The other two runs scored on a single by Albert Pujols, who now leads MLB with 70 RBI. Wow … 70 RBI in 71 games played … crazy.

Elmer Dessens pitched the final two innings for the Mets, but I didn’t even notice. He held the Redbirds hitless.

The only Mets who hit safely were Luis Castillo and Jeremy Reed, both singles. Reed’s hit was of the pinch variety, and came with one out in the ninth. So he spoiled the one-hitter. Yee ha.

The game was delayed a few times due to rain. The grounds crew reminded me of the Keystone Cops, rolling the tarp on and off the field as the rain clouds came and went.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Cardinals play game three of four on Wednesday evening at 7:10 PM. Fernando Nieve faces Brad Thompson.


Dough on Disabled List

Surely someone else has covered this, but I’ll post it here for inquiring minds.

Currently, the total amount of salary on the Mets’ disabled list totals $67,675,000.00.

To put that in perspective, it’s about equal to the entire payroll of the Minnesota Twins, and more than the total payrolls of the Rays, Athletics, Nationals, Pirates, Padres, and Marlins.

An itemized report of the Wilpons’ spending for the injured:
Carlos Beltran – $18.5M
Carlos Delgado – $12M
Oliver Perez – $12M
Billy Wagner – $10.5M
Jose Reyes – $5.75M
J.J. Putz – $5M
John Maine – $2.6M
Ramon Martinez – $750K
Angel Pagan – $575K

Let me know if I missed anyone and/or if my math is incorrect (I was an English major; numbers make my head hurt).

The salary figures come to you courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.