Mets Road Trip Review: May 28th- June 2nd, 2010

Mets' Valdes walks off the field with Wright as Padres' Gonzalez rounds third in the 11th inning during their National League MLB in San Diego

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsGoing 5-1 against last year’s World Series contestants, the Yankees and the Phillies, made believers out of most people in Mets-land that they could ride that momentum into a good road trip.

Those people (including myself) were wrong.

The Mets went 2-4 on their six-game road trip, extending their season-long streak to nine straight road series without a series victory (0-7-2 on the season).

Friday, May 28th: Mets 0, Brewers 2
Saturday, May 29th: Mets 6, Brewers 8
Sunday, May 30th: Mets 10, Brewers 4
Monday, May 31st: Mets 6, Padres 18
Tuesday, June 1st: Mets 4, Padres 2
Wednesday, June 2nd: Mets 1, Padres 5 (11) Continue reading “Mets Road Trip Review: May 28th- June 2nd, 2010”

Mets 10 – Brewers 4 May 30, 2010

Mets batter Francoeur hits a solo home run off of Braves starting pitcher Medlen in MLB National League action in Atlanta

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsThe Mets avoided the sweep with a win in the finale of the series in Milwaukee. Jerry Manuel ran a strange lineup out there with Fernando Tatis playing first and hitting cleanup. Tatis has been historically poor against Randy Wolf, so the idea was clear that Ike Davis would get into the game at some point. Davis came in as a defensive replacement in the sixth.

R.A. Dickey was solid going 7 IP and giving up 4 ER. His knucler wasn’t working that well so we saw a lot more fastballs than in prior starts. But he managed to keep the Mets in the game without his best stuff.

The Mets offense exploded today with 16 hits and 8 walks. Jeff Francoeur was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs, and 2 RBI’s. A huge game for him. Hopefully, that will get him going again. Angel Pagan also had another good game at the plate. He went 2 for 5 with his fourth homer, 2 runs, and 2 RBI’s. Even Luis Castillo got in on the act with a big two-out single to score 2 in the sixth.

It was a good way to finish a series that started badly. The Mets are off to San Diego to begin a series tomorrow night.

Box score

Preview: Mets at Brewers May 30, 2010

New York Mets (25-25) at   Milwaukee Breweres (21-28) 2:10 pm

R.A. Dickey (1-0 1.50) vs Randy Wolf (4-4 4.52)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets try to avoid the sweep in Milwaukee this afternoon against the Brewers new $30 million starter Randy Wolf. The Mets need Dickey to keep the magic going in his third start. He’s only given up 2 runs over 12 innings in his first two starts. The Mets also need him to go longer than the 6 IP he’s done in each prior start after blowing out the bullpen yesterday when Fernando Nieve imploded.

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Brewers 8 – Mets 6 May 29, 2010

Mets Nieve reacts after giving up a two out solo home run to Brewers Kottaras in a MLB National League game in Milwaukee

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsThis game was a disaster right from the first inning for the Mets. They started the inning looking good with a run scoring double by Jason Bay only to give it up an more at the hands of Fernando Nieve. Nieve was dreadful in his first start of the season giving up a grand slam to Cory Hart in the first and another run in the second before he hit the showers.

Oliver Perez made an appearance to give up 3 more runs over 2 IP. That raises his season WHIP to 1.97 which seems almost impossibly bad. Hart touched Perez up for his second homer of the game and third in two days as well.

The Mets did have some offense in the game putting up 6 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks. But they struck out 12 times in the game. Angel Pagan was the biggest culprit with 3. Ike Davis was 1 for 5 with a 3-run homer (5th of the season).

The Mets have lost the series in Milwaukee and need to salvage tomorrow’s game to avoid the sweep.

Box score

Preview: Mets at Brewers May 29, 2010

New York Mets (25-24) at   Milwaukee Breweres (20-28) 7:10 pm

Fernando Nieve (1-2 5.09) vs Manny Parra (1-3 3.54)

TV: WPIX   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets need to take the next two games in Milwaukee to take the series from the worst home team in baseball. Nieve makes his first start of the year coming out of the bullpen. He’s already appeared in 27 of the Mets 49 games this season. Parra has only made one start this season in his 18 appearances, so this one is going to be the battle of the relievers. Expect both bullpens to be working early and often tonight.

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Brewers 2 – Mets 0 May 28, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana prepares to pitch to a Milwaukee Brewers batter in the second inning of a MLB National League game in Milwaukee

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsThe game was defined by two great starting pitching performances. Johan Santana and Yovani Gallardo went toe-to-toe through eight scoreless innings. Gallardo made it through the ninth. But Ryota Igarashi gave up a 2 run walk off homer to Cory Hart in the bottom of the ninth.

Both Gallardo and Santana were really on tonight. It was a pleasure to watch until Igarashi gave it up in the ninth. The Mets didn’t have much offense. How much could there be in a scoreless game?

Rod Barajas and Santana had two hits apiece. That accounted for 4 of the team’s 8 hits.

It’s a disappointing way to lose but the Mets have been flying high this week and Santana was outstanding. The Brewers just got the best of them tonight. It happens.

Box score

Preview: Mets at Brewers May 28, 2010

New York Mets (25-23) at   Milwaukee Breweres (19-28) 8:10 pm

Johan Santana (4-2 3.41) vs Yovani Gallardo (4-2 3.20)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets and Jose Reyes are on fire and going for their sixth straight win tonight in Milwaukee. But the Mets are 6-14 on the road, only the Marniers have more losses on the road this season. Santana has put together four consecutive starts going at least 7 innings since getting bombed by the Phillies on May 2nd. The Brewers just won 2 of 3 from the Astros at home but are one of baseball’s worst teams this year with a .404 winning percentage. Gallardo has been more up than down this year but got hit pretty hard in his last start against the Twins. He gave up 4 ER in 6 IP.

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