Mets Game 93: Win Over Phillies

Mets 11 Phillies 2

Let’s hope the Mets have their way with Cole Hamels like this when they face him in the postseason as well.

Mets Game Notes

This may sound crazy, but although Jon Niese shut out the Phillies through six innings, he didn’t look all that great. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t as good as the goose eggs suggest. From the first frame he was falling behind hitters and struggled getting his first pitch over the plate. But he managed to keep the Phils from scoring until the seventh thanks to their lack of patience and discipline.

In contrast, the Mets hitters had exactly the right approach against Cole Hamels, who like Niese was perpetually falling behind on the count. Unlike the Phillies, the Mets waited for pitches to hit and let Hamels dig himself into holes and beat himself. A fine job of team hitting by the orange and blue.

Nick Evans hit the ball well all afternoon, and stroked an RBI triple.

The decision to place Scott Hairston third in the order worked beautifully, as Hairston hit two doubles and a homer and drove in four runs.

If Hairston faced Hamels and Phillies mop-up relievers every day, he’d be a Triple Crown threat.

Dan Murphy also collected three hits, while Jason Bay and Ruben Tejada had two hits apiece.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match will take place on Sunday afternoon in Flushing at 1:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey goes to the hill against Kyle Kendrick. The Mets drew the right three Philly starters to face this weekend; let’s hope they can take advantage of it and win this series.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Jimmy Prinzler July 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm
    I am impressed with Joe Janish’s articles. I got to meet him at Citi-Field. What a great guy. I really enjoy reading Keep up the great work!
    • Joe Janish July 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm
      Jimmy, thanks for the kind words. It was great to meet you, too. Looking forward to your participation here — you know the Mets as well as anyone and have good insight, so please share it!
  2. gary s. July 17, 2011 at 12:12 am
    hairston now has one less homer than jason k.He is a strikeout waiting to happen, but undoubtedly would have more homers than bay if he was playing every day as bay is.Beware the long term contract my met friends.Especially based on walk year performance !!!
    • izzy July 17, 2011 at 8:53 am
      Do you get mad when Bay makes a nice catch or gets a hit or an RBI?
      • Jimmy Prinzler July 18, 2011 at 1:59 am
        Izzy, most of Bay’s hits are ground hits just in gaps between infielders. I am not impressed with cheap hits because they will not last long. Bay has no RBIs in last 8 games. Bay was 0-18 prior Sat’s game and got a couple of hits then next day Sunday’s game, went hitless in 4 AB. Mets signed Bay so he can hit .315 with 32 HRs and 115 RBIs for Mets. I dont know whats Mets are doing with Bay, let him play and hoping he’d bounce back I guess.
  3. gary s. July 17, 2011 at 9:09 am
    only when i look at his home run, rbi totals and slugging percentage.At 16 mill per year, the team needs a little more than a nice catch now and than and a six hopper thru the hole.Do you get mad when you think if Jason K was not an automatic out we could be 3 or 4 games closer in the wild card?