The Mets tonight start a 10-game road trip after a disappointing loss against the Cardinals. One thing that is different about tonight, the team is getting David Wright back. With the Mets all-star third baseman in the lineup, he came through in a big spot late for the Mets.
Mike Pelfrey had yet another inconsistent outing. Pelfrey went 6 innings, gave up 4 ER’s on 5 hits, and had 3 K’s. Pelfrey had the lead in the 6th until Gaby Sanchez hit a solo HR to tie the game at 4 apiece. Jose Reyes continues to hit, as he got two hits tonight. That adds to his multi-hit games total this year. He now has 45. That is very impressive! In his return from the DL, David Wright went 2-4 with 2 RBI double’s. The Mets also got RBI hits from Carlos Beltran, Angel Pagan, Ronny Paulino, and Daniel Murphy. Murphy also give the Mets the go-ahead run as he hit an RBI double to bring Wright home.
The Mets continue their 3-game series against the Marlins tommorrow night as the Mets send Chris Capuano (8-9, 4.16 ERA) to the hill against Clay Hensley (1-2, 2.12 ERA). Game time is 7:10 EST.
The Mets lost the game and lose two of three in the series in San Francisco before the All-Star break. Mike Pelfrey had a solid start going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. But he couldn’t match Matt Cain who threw 6 shutout innings. Jon Niese, in his first relief appearance, and D.J. Carrasco let the game get away in the seventh inning by allowing 2 more runs.
On offense, the Mets had 9 hits and 3 walks so they had some opportunities to score but couldn’t capitalize. They left 10 runners on base and Daniel Murphy left 3 runners in scoring position with 2 outs.
The Mets come back to New York for the break at one game over .500.
New York Mets (46-44) at San Francisco Giants (51-40) 8:05pm
Mike Pelfrey (5-7 4.64) vs. Matt Cain (7-5 3.22)
TV: ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Giants play the rubber game of the series before the All-Star break on national TV tonight. Pelfrey has lost two of his last three starts but his last start in LA was solid throwing 6 shutout innings for a win. He’s started 5 games in his career against the Giants and has a 2-1 record with a 2.04 ERA.
The Giants have lost three of the last four games that Cain started. But he always seems to suffer from a lack of run support. In his career at home (98 starts), he’s 37-32 with a 3.15 ERA.
Join me and Kerel Cooper of On The Black at 7pm tonight for a live streaming pre-game show on Ustream.
The big news is that Jason Bay had a monster game with two home runs and 4 RBI’s. I will say that the Dodgers are a miserable team, so any success the Mets have in LA should be tempered by that fact. But it’s good to see Bay hitting the ball other than grounding out to shortstop.
Mike Pelfrey also had a solid start and didn’t get flustered with runners on base. He threw 6 shutout innings allowing 5 hits and 2 walks but he did hit two batters. I was surprised that the Dodgers didn’t retaliate even though it was clear that Pelfrey wasn’t trying to hit anyone.
The Mets can take the series with a win tomorrow night.
The Mets couldn’t get anything going on offense and Mike Pelfrey put them in hole by giving up 3 runs in the first inning. That’s a combination for a loss, which the Mets did tonight. It’s clear that the Mets aren’t even close to the class of team that the Rangers are right now. The Rangers completely overpowered the Mets and outplayed them in every facet of the game.
Surprisingly, Pelfrey recovered from his early trouble and stayed in the game for 6 innings and allowed 4 runs. I was expecting Pelfrey to completely fall apart after giving up 3 in the first but he didn’t.
On offense, the only player that had anything going tonight was Jason Bay. He was 3 for 4 with 3 singles and raised his season average to .241.
The Mets will be lucky to leave Texas with one win in this series. They look like the JV compared to the Rangers.
In this week’s Mets Weekly Report I talk to Kerel Cooper from On The Black about Mike Pelfrey. He’s been on a serious run lately allowing only 5 runs in his last three starts (22 IP). Check out the video and you’ll see that my contention is that we’ve seen these short bursts of success from Pelfrey before. But he always seems to fall into a slump for a period of time.
We also touch on projections for Pelfrey’s career and where he would fit into a rotation on a solid team. And we also get into a question that I asked Kerel in one of our live streaming chats. Is Pelfrey part of the Mets problem or the solution to their problems? Watch the video for my answer to that question.
Mike Pelfrey was the story of the night. He threw his third career complete game allowing 1 run on 5 hits and no walks. The only run he allowed was a solo shot by Mark Trumbo. The shot was legitimate too. It was an opposite field homer to the deepest part of right center field. Otherwise, Pelfrey was completely in control and it was the third straight game that he didn’t walk anyone. Terry Collins allowed him to go 123 pitches deep and it was a tremendous showing.
The Mets offense was keyed by four stolen bases against Dan Haren. He was clearly rattled by the Mets running wild against him. The Mets had a collection of hits to score as usual. But the big hit for the Mets came from Carlos Beltran. He hit a 2-run homer in the fifth inning that appeared to go over Shea Bridge. It was a bomb!
The Mets and Angels will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon.