The game wasn’t as close as the score appears for those of you that didn’t stay up until 1:20am to watch the whole game. Pedro Martinez was fantastic going six innings and throwing his fastball in the low 90’s with regularity. I was shocked that he had that kind of velocity. I was also shocked that he went six innings.
The Mets had a long turn at bat in the fifth when they scored eight runs, the most of any inning this season. But Pedro came back out for the top of the sixth. He looked like he was starting to get a little shaky in the fifth and sixth but it was a great comeback game for him.
Offensively, one of the stars of the game was… Pedro Martinez. I’m not kidding. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run. Damion Easley was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and a run.
Barry Zito was horrible again. It’s a real warning sign about signing pitchers to long term contracts. His contract may go down as the worst contract in baseball history. Although Kevin Brown and Mike Hampton have had awful contracts as well.
Scott Schoenweiss looked like he reverted to 2007 form in the ninth inning. He went .1 innings giving up two hits (one homer) and two walks for three runs. Billy Wagner had to quickly warm up and bail him out.
SNY broadcaster Ron Darling talks to ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay about Pedro Martinez’ first start back from the disabled list against the San Francisco Giants. He also talks about Joba Chamberlain’s first start, Oliver Perez’ inconsistency, and the Mets pitchers.
San Francisco Giants President and GM Brian Sabean talks to ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay prior to yesterday’s game against the Mets. He talks about riding the Barry Bonds wave for two years too long, the Giants young players, and trying to turn the team around in the post-Bonds era.
New York Mets (28-28) at San Francisco Giants (25-33) 10:15pm
Pedro Martinez (0-0) vs. Barry Zito (1-8)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Five years ago this would’ve been a great pitching duel. Now it’s a mystery. Pedro is always hurt, and Barry Zito’s skills have dropped off a cliff. The Mets need to take both remaining games from the Giants to salvage this series after getting bombed last night.
Oliver Perez couldn’t get out of the first inning. He gave up six runs on five hits (two homers) and two walks. This was even worse than his start at Shea against the Pirates on April 30th when he went 1.2 innings.
Jonathan Sanchez pitched a good game for the Giants giving up two runs over seven innings. The Mets were out of the game right from the start.
What a waste to fly all night to get to San Francisco for that. The Mets were completely out of the game from the first batter that Perez faced. That’s ugly.
New York Mets (28-27) at San Francisco Giants (24-33) 10:15pm
Oliver Perez (4-3 4.83) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (3-3 4.26)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Giants are a really bad team this season. But it’s a tough break for the Mets to play Sunday night fly to SF and then have to play a game the same day. I wouldn’t expect to see the Mets geriatric set playing tonight (Delgado, Castillo). As usual, who knows what’s going to happen with Perez pitching.