Rays 10 – Mets 6 June 21, 2009

The story of this game was some really bad pitching by the Mets that allowed the Rays to win the series at Citi Field. Mike Pelfrey got bombed for 4 runs on 5 straight hits in the fifth inning. Bobby Parnell got rocked again in the seventh inning, giving up 4 runs without getting an out. B.J. Upton absolutely clubbed a ball into the second deck in left field off Parnell. What a shot that was! Then Sean Green reverted to his bad form by giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in the eighth without getting an out. It was a really ugly pitching performance.

The Mets offense put up 6 runs, which should be enough to win the game. They had 10 hits including a 3-run homer by Brian Schneider in the sixth, his second 3-run homer of the series. David Wright was 3 for 5 and made it through a game without striking out.

The Rays take two of the three games as the Mets welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Citi Field for four games starting tomorrow night.


Mets 6 – Orioles 4 June 16, 2009

The Mets got a solid start from Mike Pelfrey. He cruised through the first four innings easily. And I thought he was on his way going deep into the game. He ran into a little trouble in the fifth inning and some more in the sixth, giving up 2 runs. It seemed like he ran out of gas which is surprising for this time of the season. But his start was good enough to keep the Mets in the game.

Sean Green went 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. He’s been fantastic lately and hasn’t given up a run since May 15. He had about a month, starting at the end of April, where he was very inconsistent but he’s really found himself.

The Mets offense benefitted from 3 Orioles errors. But give them credit that they were able to make the Orioles pay for the errors. The Mets had 3 unearned runs in the game. Alex Cora was 3 for 5 hitting leadoff again. It was good to see him get something going. He was 1 for his last 15 at-bats coming into the game.


Phillies 6- Mets 5 May 2, 2009

Oliver Perez pitched another complete disaster and couldn’t even make it out of the third inning, and that wasn’t even the worst part of this game. If you’re a Mets fan and didn’t get a chance to watch this game because you were enjoying a nice May Saturday afternoon, you may want to stop reading now to keep from tossing your cookies. Perez’ line was 2.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 6 walks. He was even doing some kind of new pause in his delivery that we haven’t seen before. Perez has absolutely no idea what to do right now.

What I did like about the Mets is that they were down 4-2 and came back to score 3 runs in the sixth inning. That’s a good sign because they haven’t done much coming back this season. Carlos Beltran and Ramon Castro had two hits apiece, and Castro and Daniel Murphy homered in the game.

The devastating part of the game came when the Phillies scored one to tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Both teams couldn’t get a rally going and went to the tenth inning. Sean Green was in for the Mets and struggling badly. He loaded the bases and ended up walking Shane Victorino to score the winning run. What an awful way to lose a game, especially to the Phillies. As reader TD noted, Green did a great impression of Aaron Heilman. I was surprised that Jerry Manuel stuck with Green through the inning even though he was wild, walking two hitters. I would have pulled him for Brian Stokes. Both Stokes and Francisco Rodriguez were still available to pitch. Another ugly loss.

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Video: Olney On Mets-Mariners Trade

ESPN’s Buster Olney has an interesting revelation about the trade that brought J.J. Putz and Sean Green to the Mets in the off-season. Dustin Pedroia‘s opinion on Green factored into their decision making. The decision to bring in Green looked pretty good in game one against Cinicinnati.

Daily Mets News: Green, Maine, Martinez, And More

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The big news today is that the Mets are playing their first spring training game against the Orioles in Fort Lauderdale. Sean Green was hurt pitching in the first inning. The early word is that he split a finger nail on his pitching hand.

Onto the news of the day:

  • John Harper wrote a nice piece on Fernando Martinez for the Daily News. It’s a good summary of how the 20-year old prospect is doing offensively. And he may be in the big leagues at some point this season.
  • John Maine pitched two scoreless innings yesterday. It was the first game that he’s pitched in since last August 23rd. You’ll remember that he had a bone spur on his pitching shoulder that required surgery.
  • Joel Sherman of the NY Post writes a column about the Mets releasing or trading Duaner Sanchez by April 1st. He suggests that Sanchez may not find a spot on the major league roster for the Mets.
  • Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports writes about the 12 major league managers that don’t have contracts that are guaranteed beyond this season
  • Drew Silva at MLB Trade Rumors writes about the Phillies’ payroll at $132.5 million is the highest in franchise history.
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Mets Sean Green Injured In Grapefruit League

More information to come but relief pitcher Sean Green left today’s Grapefruit League game against the Orioles with an injury. Green started the game and faced only for batters.

Green was obtained in a trade with the Seattle Mariners during the offseason. It was the same trade that brought J.J. Putz to the Mets.