Oliver Perez improved greatly over his last start in San Francisco but it wasn’t enough to beat the lowly Padres. For the third consecutive game the Padres beat the Mets by a score of 2-1. This time it was in ten innings on a home run by Scott Hairston off Pedro Feliciano.
The Padres only other run in the game was also a solo homer by Michael Barrett in the fifth inning off Perez.
The Mets left 11 men on base and just can’t seem to come up with a big hit in this series despite missing Greg Maddox, Jake Peavey, and Chris Young the Padres three best pitchers.
Surprisingly, Carlos Delgado went 3 for 4 in the game to raise his average to .237 for the season.
Claudio Vargas didn’t look anything like the pitcher we saw in his last start tonight. He gave up four runs over five innings. Pedro Feliciano got through the sixth despite hitting two batters. And Matt Wise gave up a two run homer to Mark Kotsay in the eighth inning.
The Mets mounted a minor comeback attempt in the eighth inning scoring two runs but Kotsay’s homer ended their good chance to match the Braves.
The big news is that Ryan Church was injured on the final out of the game. Yunel Escobar tried to jump Church on a take out slide at second. Church appeared to be hit in the head by Escobar’s knee or foot. Church’s head then hit the ground as he went down limply. It looks like it might be another concussion for Church who already had one in spring training. More to come on his condition.
The Mets drop a double header to the Atlanta Braves which almost never happens. A vast majority of double headers are split.
I never thought that the Mets would go into Arizona and sweep the D-Backs. They’re playing so well this season, it would seem almost impossible to win all three games there. So if the Mets were going to take two out of three, I figured that they wouldn’t be able to Brandon Webb. And they didn’t.
Webb didn’t pitch that well, so it’s a shame that the Mets couldn’t take advantage of a rare off day for him to get a win. Blame it on Mike Pelfrey, the bullpen, Carlos Beltran’s .208 average, or Endy Chavez’ non-existent bat. Blame it on all of them.
I’m just not seeing the tremendous upside of Mike Pelfrey that the Mets management does. The minor leagues are littered with guys who have great “stuff” but keep hitting bats and can’t throw strikes consistently. That’s what I see in Pelfrey. He was below average again today. His ERA is up to 5.27 now and that’s unacceptable in the rotation. He walked four and struck out one… that’s completely unacceptable!
Pedro Feliciano was pretty bad too, but his ERA was hurt by Scott Schoenweiss coming in and throwing a first pitch meatball to Augie Ojeda with the bases loaded. Ojeda hit it into the corner in right for a double for his 6th RBI of the game. How do you let a number 8 hitter beat you with six RBI’s?
The bullpen has been taxed far too much so far this season. The Mets really need the starters to get deeper into games badly. They can’t keep leaning on the bullpen to cover four or more innings in almost every game. There’s going to be a breaking point.
The Mets still have a chance to win the series tomorrow. Hopefully, they’ll be able to take this series before moving on to Los Angeles on Monday.
The depressing post game video contains comments from Oliver Perez, Aaron Heilman, and Willie Randolph.
Oliver Perez wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t his best night but he should’ve been given the opportunity to get through the sixth inning. That’s Willie’s mistake. The poor performances of Jorge Sosa and Heilman, and the over-work of Joe Smith, and Pedro Feliciano should force Willie to re-think his strategy.
Willie needs to give the starters more leeway to work out of trouble. The best pitchers on the team are the starters (except for Billy Wagner). He needs to keep his best pitchers in the game longer considering the state of the bullpen.