I watched most of the game and lucky me I got to witness the ninth inning meltdown by closer Frank Francisco and unlucky for me the stream went dead and I missed being able to watch the Mets win the game in the bottom of the ninth.
I wish I would’ve missed the top of the ninth as well 🙂
What I did see was Mike Pelfrey pitch his heart out last night. He went eight innings allowing only one run on six hits. Pelfrey fanned three and walked only one and I must say I’ve been impressed with “Big Pelf” thus far this season. Not impressed enough to wish he remained on the team mind you, but impressed enough that maybe, just maybe, one day I will want him to be on the team.
I also saw Ruben Tejada drive in the first three runs of the game and with each and every game that kid is showing that he not only belongs in the show but that he might just become a star in this game.
Let’s get back to that ninth inning. I couldn’t believe that Terry Collins didn’t allow Pelfrey to finish the game….Pelfrey was on a roll so why not let him try and finish it? I get the fact Collins needs to get his closer some work but Pelfrey was really pitching well and a complete game victory could have meant far more in the long run.
Then the boos came…
The Mets fans were livid after that blown save by Francisco….and rightly so….I was really pissed off myself and in a way was glad the stream shut down….and my anger turned to relief after I saw that the Mets came back and won this game the way they did.
They shouldn’t of had to but that’s baseball I guess….
David Wright had his consecutive games hitting streak snapped…..to his credit Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong pitched incredibly well yesterday.
Later today the Mets take on the Giants in game three of their four game series.
Greetings one and all. Sorry about not putting up the recaps from the last two games but I’ve been working like an Egyptian slave this last week. Perhaps what I will do from here on out is just type a few random thoughts after each game rather than a full recap. Seems like this will be much easier to keep up with so here goes;
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Mets have lost two in a row since David Wright fractured his pinkie. If he winds up on the disabled list than Terry Collins says he will consider moving Daniel Murphy to third base. I think we heard the same thing here.
Speaking of Daniel Murphy: Am I the only one who thinks this guy is a disaster at second base? He can’t turn two and his footwork sucks. I know we need his bat in the lineup and I get that but what I don’t get is why the “Irish Hammer” isn’t playing left field.
I was very encouraged by the performances of Dillon Gee and Johan Santana. They both lost tough ballgames but I thought they pitched really well. Santana simply got out-dueled by a guy who throws serious heat (Stephen Strasburg) and Gee made a couple of mistakes that cost him.
Frank Francisco has been a very pleasant surprise thus far and I’m happy that he is a Met. He’s pitched well and has done his job every time out. It’s nice to see a closer actually close a game!
Larry Vanover is the worst home plate umpire in the Major Leagues. The pitch he rang Jason Bay up on was closer to Corfu than the strike zone and running Manager Terry Collins an inning later was a joke. It’s too bad he didn’t run Bay so we wouldn’t have to watch him any longer.
Ruben Tejada is quickly becoming my favorite Met. He’s done well in the lead-off spot and has handled himself well on the defensive side of things. I have a feeling this guy is gonna be good!
The Mets are off tonight and will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Sillies this weekend. Should be a great series!
Due to some shaky internet I missed last nights game as well and let me tell ya I missed a doozy. Jonathan Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh, the bullpen held on for dear life and the Mets swept the 3 game series with the Braves on a much warmer day than yesterday at Citi Field.
Bust out the dustpan….the Braves just got swept 🙂
Here are the good things that happened
The Mets swept the Braves and gave their fans reasons to cheer. That’s always a good thing.
Jonathan Niese flirted with a no-hitter until the seventh inning when the wheels fell off and he couldn’t find the plate.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada went four for five and had two RBI’s….Jose who 🙂
Daniel Murphy collected two more hits….that boy can rake!
David Wright had another hit and another RBI….he’s on a roll!
Jason Bay collected a hit and an RBI.
The bullpen did their jobs once again and Frank Francisco got his third save of the season.
Daniel Murphy is still alive.
Here are the not so good things that happened
Lucas Duda dropped a fly ball in the seventh inning…tough sun but an error is an error and never a good thing.
Ike Davis is still hit-less on the season.
The Mets are 3-0 and I’m excited. This team is going to score runs and if they get the pitching like they did this weekend…well, look out.
I’ll be honest here. I’m a BIG fan of Daniel Murphy. I like his work ethic and I especially like watching him swing that big left handed bat of his but I’m not a big fan of his being the everyday second baseman for the 2012 New York Mets.
After reading this article here I’m still not a big fan of this idea but it is what it is and as a fan I must accept that, at least for now, and for the unforeseeable future, Daniel Murphy will be the starting second baseman.
I agree with Mets manager Terry Collins when he rightly states the Mets need his bat in the everyday lineup.
I think Collins also knows that second base is less than an ideal fit for Murphy but what can Collins do?
In a perfect world Murphy would be patrolling either first or third base but as long as Ike Davis and David Wright are in Mets uniforms those two options are out the window.
In a less than perfect world Murphy could play left field but unfortunately for him, and probably the Mets as well, Jason Bay is the man for now.
That leaves Collins no other option but to play Murphy at second base.
I know you all know this stuff as do I but it’s so darn hard to accept that Murphy will be playing at a position where his season has prematurely ended not one but the last TWO seasons only because his bat is needed but is butt is in the wrong place.
Let’s hope for Murphy’s sake his butt winds up in the right place so the Mets don’t lose his bat!
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After last nights disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates New York Mets Manager Terry Collins made the following statement to reporters;
“I don’t know how to describe (the 7th inning). I’m sick of trying to describe 7th innings. … I’ll tell you what, Andrew McCutchen plays the game right. That son of a bitch runs down there 3.9, 4 flat, and you better catch it and execute it. He gets a ground ball to third base and beats it out. That’s how you play, and that’s how we’ve got to start playing. … I’m running out of ideas here. You know, do we play hard? Absolutely. That’s not the issue. The issue is not effort. It’s about execution. We need to add on points when we get the lead. I’m not looking for home runs. I’m looking for quality at bats. We can’t make careless mistakes, but we do. We give up at bats. We can’t do that. We don’t have that kind of team. … Make no mistake about it, I truly believe in the players we have. I don’t care where they started the season. I don’t care. I don’t care who were All Stars, who weren’t All Stars, this is a team thing; it’s not one guy, it’s not two guys; it’s a team thing. I sit up here every night trying to figure out what can we do to get us over the top. Should we hit and run more? Well, who do you have up there? You have guys up there you shouldn’t hit and run with. Should we bunt more? Well, if we don’t get bunts down, then you’re putting them in situations to fail. Guys are pitching good, but we get in situations where when guys need to make a pitch they don’t make the pitch. I don’t have the answers. I’m searching. I’m ringing the rag dry, coming in here, having to look at you guys looking at me like I’m a stinking fool. I told these guys, ‘We’re good enough, but we have to play the game right.’ We just can’t continue to make foolish mistakes. … They’re big-league players. They should be able to do it. They should be able to do it. I don’t know if it’s not anticipating the play. I’m not in their minds. But, it’s how you play the game. This is a team thing. And, I’m not just pointing the finger at the players. I told the coaches, ‘We’ve got to do a better job, we’ve got to take responsibility for this.’ I’m the manager. It comes back on my shoulders. … In that 7th inning, those were my players I put out there, who I believe in. So, therefore, maybe I need to make some adjustments. And, by God, they’ll be made. I don’t know it comes with finding different players. But, they’ll be made. Something’s going to be changing.”(online source)
I like Terry Collins. Always have and probably always will. He’s a baseball man who has been around a long long time and knows the score. He also seems to understand that no matter how good this team may be, (at least on paper), they don’t execute when and where it matters most……and that is on the field.