On Deck: April 19, 2008

New York Mets (9-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (8-9)   3:55pm

TV: Fox    Radio: WFAN

Oliver Perez (1-0) vs. Jamie Moyer (1-0)

What to watch:  The Mets are on a four game winning streak headed into the Fox game of the week. You never know what you’re going to get from Oliver Perez, and Jamie Moyer is pretty consistent but not a lot of fun to watch. David Wright’s been hot at the plate and Citizens Bank Park is a good place to be when that happens. It’s still unknown if Jimmy Rollins will be back from his uncle’s funeral in Oakland in time for the game today.

Brewers Beat Mets 9-7 To Take Game, Series

New York Mets relief pitcher Jorge Sosa during a Mets/Detroit Tigers spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.Image via WikipediaThe Brewers took the rubber game of the series in a poorly pitched game by both teams. Jorge Sosa took the loss for the Mets after entering the game in the fifth and pitching 1.2 innings and giving up 2 runs.

Both starting pitchers were terrible today. If there was a way to give Oliver Perez and Jeff Suppan a loss, this would be the game to do it.

The Brewers turned an eye popping 5 double plays in the game. For a team with no defense, they were able to shut the Mets down with timely double plays.

David Wright hit his third homer in the game and Brian Schneider was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Schneider’s defense was questionable once again today. Although he didn’t have any PB’s or errors, he couldn’t keep the ball in his glove. I’m starting to think there may be something wrong with him, like a hand injury, that we don’t know about.

The Mets are off on Monday and the Nationals come to town on Tuesday after ending their nine game losing streak today against Tom Glavine and the Braves.

Box score

ESPN Video Highlights

Fox Video Post Game- Gabe Kapler 

On Deck: April 13, 2008

Milwaukee Brewers (7-4)  at  New York Mets (5-5)  1:10pm    TV: CW11   Radio: WFAN

Jeff Suppan (1-0) vs. Oliver Perez (1-0)

What to watch: This is another important game to win a home series. They don’t want to lose home series, especially this early in the season. Oliver Perez has been terrific in his first two starts. He’s pitched 11.2 innings, 0 runs, 4 BB, 10 K’s. Jeff Suppan has done almost as well in his first two starts so this could end up being a good pitching match up.

Revised Starting Pitching Order

The rainout in Atlanta last night caused the Mets to revise their starting pitching order. The new order is:

  • Sat. 4/5- John Maine vs. Tim Hudson
  • Sun. 4/6- Johan Santana vs. Tom Glavine
  • Tues. 4/8- Jamie Moyer vs. Oliver Perez
  • Wed. 4/9- Kyle Kendrick vs. Mike Pelfrey
  • Thur. 4/10- Adam Eaton vs. John Maine

After the Phillies series, the Brewers come to town next Friday. Everyone with tickets for opening day at Shea can breathe a sigh of relief that Oliver Perez is pitching instead of Mike Pelfrey. I agree with the decision to skip Pelfrey’s spot and keep Santana on his regular day tomorrow, and Perez for the home opener. It would’ve been too much pressure for Pelfrey to pitch the home opener. He needs to put in the least pressurized situations so he has the best chance of pitching successfully.

The rainout game yesterday will be played on May 20th as part of a double header. I’m sure it will be a dual entry double header, as most teams do now. The good old days of buying one ticket for a double header are gone.

Picture: Turner Field 

turner field
Creative Commons License photo credit: nate steiner

On Deck: April 2, 2008

Mets at Marlins   7:10pm   TV: SNY      Oliver Perez vs. Andrew Miller

What to watch:  Perez becomes infinitely more important to the Mets season with Pedro Martinez’ injury last night. Andrew Miller is a good young pitcher obtained from the Tigers in the Cabrera/Willis deal. Good pitching matchup tonight.

Oliver Perez Inconsistent

The Indians won 5-2 today as Oliver Perez gave up four homers in five innings. Perez was consistently high with his pitches and paid the price. Carlos Beltran hit a bomb to center field and Damion Easley was 2 for 3. Read the full recap at MLB.com.

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