Mets 5 – Phillies 0 May 26, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets Mets shut out the Phillies again tonight behind the second strong start of Hisanori Takahashi. He went 6 IP giving up only 5 hits and no walks. Granted, the Phillies aren’t doing anything on offense right now. But it’s still a good start for Takahashi. His season ERA is down to 2.13 after tonight.

The Mets made the most of their runners on offense. They only had 7 hits and 4 walks but managed to put up 5 runs. Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan had 2 hits apiece, including Reyes’ first homer of the season. And Pagan and Luis Castillo had 2 stolen bases each. Rod Barajas came through again with 3 RBI’s on a 1 for 3 night with a big double and a sac fly.

You could say the best thing about these two games is shutting out the Phillies, but I think the hot offense of Reyes is the biggest sign of good things to come.

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Mets 10 – Nationals 7 May 20, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher John Maine delivers a pitch to the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati Mets finally got some offense for a change but the game started with a bizarre episode involving John Maine. He threw 5 pitches to the first batter and got pulled from the game. His fastball was at 85 mph and it looked like something was wrong. He and Jerry Manuel argued in the dugout. Maine appeared to have wanted to stay in the game.

Raul Valdes was warming up right from the start of the game. So the Mets knew something was wrong with Maine. Valdes did an unbelievable job going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. You can’t ask for a better long relief job than Valdes did tonight. I was really impressed.

On offense the Mets put up 15 hits and only had 3 strikeouts. Talk about a turnaround! Jason Bay and Ike Davis both had 3 hits and Rod Barajas had a home run, his 10th of the season. David Wright even got in on the act with a bases clearing double in the first inning.

The Mets head home to face the Yankees this weekend.

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Mets 3 – Braves 2 May 17, 2010

Mets batter Barajas watches his double scoring two runs in the second inning of MLB baseball action against the Braves in Atlanta Mets won in front of Jeff Wilpon behind a really strong start by Mike Pelfrey. He went 7.2 IP and gave up only 2 ER’s on 7 hits and 2 walks. His velocity was great, at times throwing his fastball in the high 90’s. This kind of start is exactly what the Mets needed right now.

The offense wasn’t great again. Surprisingly, Chris Carter started in right field and hit cleanup again for the second day in a row. The team only had 5 hits. But Rod Barajas was 2 for 4 with 2 big RBI’s.

The game got tight in the eighth when Pedro Feliciano came in and gave up a hit and a walk. But he managed to get out of it with a big strikeout of Brian McCann. K-Rod closed it out pretty cleanly. He only gave up one walk in the ninth but got the job done.

Nice win for the Mets to break their five game losing streak.

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Marlins 2 – Mets 1 May 13, 2010

MLB: Cubs vs Mets APR 22 Mets got a great start from Johan Santana. He locked up with Josh Johnson in an excellent pitchers dual. The aces were as good as advertised tonight. And it was a nice comeback from a couple of rough starts for Santana. He went 7 IP only giving up 1 run, an unearned run on his own throwing error.

As expected, the Mets didn’t do much hitting against Johnson. They only had 4 hits in the game and Jerry Manuel promised changes to the lineup in the coming days. The only run they scored was on a Rod Barajas single in the second inning scoring Jason Bay.

The game was lost in the bottom of the ninth when Fernando Nieve threw a wild pitch that allowed Cody Ross to score from third. Dan Uggla was pinch hitting at the plate and Nieve uncorked a wild breaking ball inside and in the dirt that Barajas couldn’t handle. It’s an ugly way to lose a game and the Mets fourth loss in their last five games.

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CitiFieldaphobia – Who Fears Hitting at Citifield?

New York Mets David Wright reacts to home plate umpire Paul Schrieber after striking out at Citi Field in New York Barajas can hit the ball out of Citi Field. So can Ike Davis. Citi Field does not seem to intimidate the new guys.

David Wright on the other hand has struggled to find his power stoke since leaving Shea Stadium behind. Last year we chalked up some of his power loss to playing in the World Classic and some to Citi Field. This year there are no excuses and I don’t think his power struggles are over just yet.

Although Wright will easily top last years home run totals, many fans I have spoken with seem to think Citi Field has gotten into his head.  Wright hit 4 of his 7 homers on the last 6 game road trip but he’s still going to have to find a way to hit homers at home.

Of course, I’m also worried about Wright’s strikeouts. He’s on a pace to strikeout over 200 times this year. With 14 strikeouts in the last 7 games I tend to think maybe David should have his eyes checked because he’s not seeing the ball correctly. Continue reading “CitiFieldaphobia – Who Fears Hitting at Citifield?”

Mets 6 – Giants 4 May 7, 2010

New York Mets' Barajas watches his solo home run ball leave park against Cincinnati Reds during MLB game in Cincinnati was definitely one of the most exciting games of the year. I saved it on the Tivo to watch the highlights again. What a game!

Mike Pelfrey had an excellent start going 7.1 strong innings on only 85 pitches. I thought he was going the distance but he ran into a little trouble in the eighth. Overall, it was an excellent showing especially considering that he had some shoulder stiffness after his last start.

It was also a huge game for Ike Davis. He continues to impress with two home runs tonight off tough lefty Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez hadn’t even given up a hit to a left-handed batter before tonight. Davis also made another incredible catch going over the rail into the dugout to catch a foul ball in the ninth for a huge out.

But the hero of the game was Rod Barajas. He also had two home runs in the game, if you can believe that. His second home run was a walk off in the bottom of the ninth to break the tie and win the game after Francisco Rodriguez blew the save.

It’s these kind of games that really get you pumped up. I’m hoping that this win can carry them for a while.

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Mets 5 – Reds 4 May 4, 2010

MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers was a really good game on several levels. First, it was just a close game that went down to the ninth inning. Second, John Maine had a solid start going 6 innings and giving up only 1 ER.

Maine looked good throughout the game even though he didn’t have the velocity that he’s had in past seasons. I think we just need to get used to that. The low to mid-90’s heater just isn’t there anymore. Tonight he was getting the Reds hitter fishing at the high fastball though. We haven’t seen that consistently in quite a while

The Mets put up 8 hits including a 2 for 4 night from Jose Reyes, who also had a double and an RBI. David Wright also had a huge bomb in the the fourth inning that hit the second deck in left field. But the offensive hero of the game was Rod Barajas. He hit his seventh homer of the season in the ninth off Francisco Cordero to break the tie and win the game.

The Mets break their three game losing streak and try to win the series tomorrow afternoon.

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