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Mets Game 132: Loss to Rockies

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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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Mets Game 101: Loss to Rockies

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You can’t win ’em all.

Poised for a sweep, instead the Mets finally fell to the Rockies, fulfilling their manager’s prophecy that there is no such thing as momentum in baseball.

Although he allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks in 6 1/3 innings, Jonathan Niese had nothing to be ashamed about. He battled all night and came up with big pitches in tight situations, before running out of gas and giving up a two-run homer to Clint Barmes.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa limited the Mets to two runs on three hits and three walks through 6 1/3 to claim his ninth victory.

Notes

Though he was laboring all evening — and on an oppressively hot and humid evening at that — I can sort of understand why Jerry Manuel pushed Niese out there for the seventh. With the score tied, Niese was looking at a no-decision had he left the game, and the opposing pitcher was leading off the inning. Manuel was likely hoping Niese could gut his way through three more outs and give the offense another chance to give him a shot at a win. But once De La Rosa led off with a double (even if it was misjudged by Angel Pagan), all bets were off, and Niese should have been removed on the spot — regardless of his pitch count (he was a still below 100 at that point).

In the postgame, Bob Ojeda kept harping on the fact that Niese was “pitching without his best stuff”. I’m not sure I agree, mainly because I don’t know what Niese’s “best stuff” looks like just yet. Obviously it wasn’t his “best stuff” as in “the best he’s ever pitched in his life”, but he did have a nasty, sharp-breaking 12-6 curve, and that’s his calling card. Niese struggled with the command of his fastball, and for all we know this issue might be par for the course at this point in his young MLB career. In other words, let’s see this kid pitch at this level for 15-20 games before we form expectations and decide what his “best” is. Otherwise, we may talk ourselves into thinking he’s better than he is, and measure him against unrealistic expectations — similar to what many did when Dan Murphy’s promotion coincided with a once-in-a-lifetime hot streak.

The Mets literally stole the first run of the game. David Wright attempted to steal third and was thrown out by a good five feet — but the umpire inexplicably called him safe. Moments later Jeff Francoeur lifted a long fly ball to the right field wall to score him easily. I think everyone will agree that the breaks have been going the Mets way recently — and it’s a long time coming.

Angel Pagan was caught trying to steal home in the first inning, on the front end of a first-and-third double steal. Very questionable move, but I think the Mets need to continue being aggressive — both to score runs and to keep the games interesting for us fans.

David Wright was 7-for-13 in the series. In contrast, Clint Barmes had only two hits — but both were dingers.

Next Mets Game

The Mets begin another four-game series against an NL West club when the Arizona Diamondbacks come to Flushing on Friday night. First game begins at 7:10 PM, with Livan Hernandez facing Doug Davis.

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