Browsing Archive September, 2009

Mets Game 133: Loss to Rockies

Rockies 5 Mets 2

Tim Redding gave the Mets a stellar 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on seven scattered hits and one walk. However, he was up against a buzzsaw in Ubaldo Jimenez, who handcuffed the Mets through eight innings and also allowed only 2 runs, on five hits.

The tie was broken in the bottom of the eighth, when Brian Stokes opened the inning by loading the bases, then gave up back-to-back RBI singles to pinch-hitter Jason Giambi and former almost-Met Yorvit Torrealba. By the time K-Rod came on to rescue him, Stokes had allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in one-third of an inning.

Jimenez won his 13th game, and Franklin Morales pitched the ninth en route to his first career save.

Notes

Interesting that Redding is pitching well now — now that he’s pitching for a contract. Smart to perform well at the end of the season. It is similar to a restaurant’s strategy of serving a great dessert or a tasty sweet beverage — because people will remember you fondly if they leave with a good taste in their mouth.

One of the Mets’ five hits was Jeff Francoeur’s 12th homer of the year, a solo shot. Francoeur nearly threw out Jimenez at first base on a line-drive single to right field. That was about all the excitement of the game from the Mets’ POV.

Ubaldo Jimenez was hitting 99 MPH on the gun in the seventh inning, as he approached 100 pitches.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series begins at 3:10 PM EST on Thursday afternoon. Pat Misch faces Jason Marquis. Josh Thole is scheduled to squat behind the plate for the Mets.

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Mets Game 132: Loss to Rockies

Rockies 8 Mets 3

We’ll blame it on the thin air.

Three days after watching Bobby Parnell take a step backward, Mike “Mr. Yips” Pelfrey followed suit with a four-inning stint. In those four frames, Pelfrey allowed 7 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. One of the runs was unearned, but the reason that unearned run scored was because Pelfrey was slow to back up third base on a Todd Helton single. Shame on you, Pelf.

The offense was equally inadequate, managing only one earned run on four hits in six innings against starter Jorge De La Rosa. They had no safeties at all from innings two through five. The most exciting part of the game after the first inning was the seventh, when Cory Sullivan and Angel Pagan hit back to back triples.

Notes

For the umpteenth time this season, Angel Pagan showed why extreme athleticism and raw talent aren’t nearly enough to succeed at the MLB level. During the Mets’ first inning “rally”, Pagan was deked into believing that Luis Castillo’s clean single to center was … something else? Instead of standing safely on second base, Troy Tulowitzki convinced Pagan to inexplicably backtrack toward first, and was easily tagged out. It was a head-scratching, head-shakng, mouth-gaping, and eye-rolling incident.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, after Seth Smith walked, the SNY camera showed Dan Warthen about to leave the dugout to speak with Pelfrey — but Jerry Manuel stopped him from walking out to the mound. On the very next pitch, Todd Helton stroked a prodigious three-run homer into the right field seats to make the score 7-2 and put the game away for the Rox. Not sure Warthen would’ve said anything to prevent the dinger, but it must’ve driven him nuts.

Smith had three hits and scored three runs; Helton had two hits and three RBI.

Is it me, or was there something wrong with this being the game — and the trip — upon which David Wright made his return? Ryan Church, thin air, anyone? While it likely made no difference to David, as long as the season is trashed, why not wait an extra three days, leave D-Wright behind, and have him make his return in Flushing? Just sayin’.

Speaking of strange moves, Carlos Beltran will be playing in Brooklyn later this week. Why? Why not just take it easy the rest of the season, and/or get that micro-fracture surgery? What happens if the bone bruise is aggravated again from being on the field, and surgery is required in, say, March 2010?

I concur with Gary Cohen — the new helmet worn by David Wright reminds me of Gazoo.

My wife has a new name for the Mets: “And … Just Like That”. It refers to the Mets’ habit of losing leads “just like that” — for example, the 2-0 advantage they took in the top half of the initial inning of this game.

She also lamented that, “the only name on the team I recognize is Sean Green — and it’s not even the Shawn Green that I know!”. Sorry, honey.

Gary Cohen sort of suggested the nickname “Broadway Lance” for Lance Broadway. I’m thinking more like, “Off Off”.

The most interesting aspect of this broadcast: finding out that Keith Hernandez knows about Snopes, and Gary Cohen doesn’t. Second place: seeing Keith’s daughter drown a beer while wearing a red “Hernandez is My Homey” T-shirt.

Why does it bother me that I played against Eric Young, Sr. in college and I’m now watching Eric Young, Jr. on my TV? Junior was three years old when I faced his father. How depressing …

Notes

The Mets and Rockies do it again at 8:40 PM EST on Wednesday evening. Tim Redding faces Ubaldo Jimenez. Josh Thole will NOT get the start behind the plate — he needs more bullpen duty to get a feel for the Mets hurlers and the movement of their pitches. The unofficial word is he’ll start on Thursday.

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Dead End Deals

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Yesterday we looked at the Mets’ trade with the Seattle Mariners last December, and became collectively ill over the fact that seven players were traded away for what could essentially turn out to be Sean Green. Nothing against Green, but that trade is typical of Omar Minaya’s dealings over the past four years. Though you can’t expect every trade to turn out great, you also can’t consistently empty your organization for assets that provide zero return. The below one-way, dead-end deals are part of the reason the Mets’ organization is barren at the upper levels.

You may judge these deals on their success in terms of how the players obtained performed for the Mets, but that’s not the entire point. Moreover, it’s the fact that

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