Archive: August 15th, 2010

Mets Game 117: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 3 Mets 1

At what point do the Mets do something about the offense? Even if it is “change for the sake of change” ?

The Mets lost a close one, but scored only one run against a very hittable pitcher in Kyle Kendrick. Even if this was 1968, you can’t expect the starting pitchers to throw a shutout every time they go to the mound. At some point, the offense has to score more than one or two runs.

Game Notes

The Mets wasted a very strong outing by Mike Pelfrey, who may be past his slump. Big Pelf worked 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, walking none. He induced 17 ground ball outs and expended 113 pitches. It appears to me that he has actually moved away from the “tall”, upright position during the leg lift, and is now hunching over consistently. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing — though I do not like the way it causes him to send his balance sideways rather than forward. The key is to remain consistent and repeat the mechanics, which leads to command. Staying more upright and falling toward home plate is more efficient, and would make him less prone to injury, but for the short term I’d rather see his mechanics consistent. At the same time, I would hope that he works on getting more upright again during the offseason, because the sideways momentum puts a strain on the shoulder and the elbow and takes away from velocity.

Jose Reyes knocked a ball off the right field foul pole for his 8th homer of the year. That was it for the scoring from the orange and blue. Reyes had two of the Mets’ six hits. He was thrown out stealing on a borderline call in the first, which turned out to be a really bad thing, since both David Wright and Carlos Beltran singled later that inning.

As much as I love to see Chris Carter getting opportunities, and as badly as Jeff Francoeur has been swinging the bat, if there was a night to play Francoeur it would’ve been this game. Why? Because Francoeur is 9-for-22 (.409) with a .955 OPS lifetime vs. Kendrick. But he’s a righthanded hitter and Kendrick is a RHP so, I guess that would’ve been a silly idea.

While we’re on the subject, Francoeur is 5-for-12 (.417) with 2 HR and a triple (and 1.512 OPS) lifetime vs. Wandy Rodriguez, who is pitching on Monday night. If he is going to hit anyone this month, it will be Rodriguez. And if he doesn’t hit him, there isn’t much point in giving him another shot to start in 2010.

It was a pretty wet, rainy night, and I was mildly surprised they started the ballgame more or less on time. The conditions were most difficult early in the game, and definitely was a factor.

The published attendance was 31,345 (74.6% full). Kind of light for a Phillies game, though the weather and the late start time surely had a significant impact.

The Mets scored a grand total of 9 runs in this 6-game homestand, hitting .088 with runners in scoring position.

The Mets are now 0-46 in games in which they are losing going into the 9th inning.

Next Mets Game

The Mets travel to Minute Maid Park in Houston to face the Astros on Monday night. Jonathon Niese goes to the mound against Wandy Rodriguez. Game time is 8:05 PM EST.