Archive: June 19th, 2010

Mets Game 68: Loss to Yankees

Yankees 5 Mets 3

Sadly, all good things must eventually come to an end — including Mets’ winning streaks on the road.

For the first time since June 10th, the Mets lost. In fact, it was the first date the Mets played and didn’t win since June 2 (they won the second half of a doubleheader on the 10th).

They had to lose eventually, right? You can’t win ’em all, as they say.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey pitched fairly well considering the circumstances — the key circumstance being the jet stream carrying baseballs over the right field fence. But Phil Hughes pitched a little bit better, mainly in limiting the damage of the high flies. All runs in the game were driven in via the big fly, and Pelfrey’s line was 7 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 106 pitches.

Jose Reyes drove in all 3 Mets runs with a pair of dingers — one leading off the game. Angel Pagan also had two hits, including a double. No one else did anything of consequence. Strange, considering that both Alex Cora AND Henry Blanco were in the lineup.

Ryota Igarashi threw one inning without imploding, which was encouraging.

Derek Jeter took a rare day off, but no one seemed to notice.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match will be played on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM in the Bronx. Reminder: it’s Father’s Day, so run to the store and buy a tie for pop while the malls are still open. Johan Santana faces C.C. Sabathia in a classic matchup of underperforming aces.

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June 19: Sunday Mets Links and Game 68 Open Thread

Note: Today’s links compiled by John Fitzgerald.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper likes the 1-2 punch of Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan. How ya gonna argue with that?

ESPN New York – Ian O’Connor is proud of Jerry Manuel.

LoHud – One person who isn’t so proud of Jerry Manuel? Francisco Rodriguez. Frankie Ballgame isn’t a big fan of warming up several times a game. Doesn’t he know Jerry is a genius? Sheesh…

NY Daily News – Congressman Anthony Weiner is shining a light on the extra fees tacked on to tickets bought on the web. Among the worst offenders? The Mets and Yankees.

NY Times – Tyler Kepner says the Mets’ core has always been the solution, not the problem.

NY Post – Joel Sherman asked twelve “baseball men” who is a better pitcher – Mike Pelfrey or Phil Hughes. The results were unanimous. Click the link to find out who they chose.

Real Dirty Mets Blog – On Wednesday, the Mets will hold “Mets Fans Go Gaga for Wright” night. The first 20,000 fans will receive a “Make Wright #1 Foam Finger” in the hopes that the high school pep rally atmosphere will help Wright start in the All-Star Game. I was convinced this was a joke, but apparently it’s not. After the game, fans are invited to head to the Peach Pit for milk shakes. Be sure to wear your varsity jackets! (That part actually IS a joke).

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Mets (39-28) look to extend their winning streak to nine games against the Yankees (41-26). Mike Pelfrey (9-1, 2.39) gets the start for the Mets and he will be opposed by Phil Hughes (9-1, 3.11). Check out the scouting report on Hughes over at Long Live Shea Stadium.

Here is today’s lineup:

Jose Reyes – SS
Angel Pagan – CF
David Wright – 3B
Ike Davis – 1B
Jason Bay – LF
Chris Carter – DH
Jeff Francoeur – RF
Alex Cora – 2B
Henry Blanco – C

Mike Pelfrey – P

Chat away …

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