By Mike Steffanos
Mets 2 - Rockies 1 (12)
Rockies 11 - Mets 5
In the short space of a few hours, we have enjoyed a terrific comeback win and endured an absolute blowout of a loss. Welcome to the baseball season, I guess.
I spent all of last evening painting at the new house, from about 5 until almost 2 in the morning. I listened to the entire game on radio, including pre- and post-game. I used to listen to a fair amount of games on the radio, but got out of the habit when I started writing this blog. If you're going to write game analysis, you really need to see the game for yourself. The demands of preparing the new house have necessitated a return to a pleasant old habit. I'll probably catch a few more on radio before the house is ready to be occupied, sometime after the middle of next month. I'll be heading out there for another very late night after posting this.
I did DVR the game, and caught some of it before I passed out last night. With any luck at all, El Duque could have four wins right now. He was masterful last night, taking advantage of a pitcher's umpire to keep the Mets in that ballgame. With a 2.53 ERA after 5 games, I notice I'm not reading so much about the arthritis in his neck anymore.
|Orlando Hernandez (2-1)|
|TOTAL (5 Games)||32.0||10||9||22||25||13||5||2.53||1.09||3-2|
The offense wasn't so great. Taking nothing away from Aaron Cook, who pitched great, I thought the Mets were helping him out a little by swinging early in the count. Jose Reyes in particular seemed as if he had somewhere to go after the game. As the game went on, I really wondered if the Mets were going to get one big hit to score. It took 12 innings for that to happen.
When the Rockies went up 1-0 in the top of the tenth, I took a break from painting to listen to the bottom of the inning. I've never been that impressed with Brian Fuentes as a closer, so I figured they had at least a chance. When Shawn Green grounded out on the first pitch he saw and Jose Valentin flied out, I thought that chance was gone. Fuentes went up on pinch hitter Damion Easley 0-2, and I started gathering my painting gear to return to work. But Easley did a nice job getting back to 2-2, and then provided the all-too-rare reason that we listen to games that seem over with that big home run.
As you all know by now, Endy won it two innings later with that great bunt. When I came home at 2 AM and grabbed a quick meal, I watched some of the game. One of the things I wanted to see was where Helton and Barmes were playing. I was shocked to see how far back they were, particularly Helton. Any team that wasn't aware what a good bunter Chavez is by now deserved exactly what the Rockies got there. Mind boggling...
Well, that was the good. I think we'll spend less time on today's game -- the bad and the ugly. Mike Pelfrey couldn't locate his fastball and was leaving everything up. Quite a difference from what won him the job this spring, but becoming a common theme going back to the last exhibition game against the Devil Rays. It would be easy for me to say that it's time to send Pelfrey down, but I don't have all of the information in front of me that Rick Peterson does. From a personal view, though, I could understand the game pressure hampering his ability to throw strikes a little, but wonder what happened to the way Pelfrey pounded the bottom of the zone this spring. Even many of his strikes are up. Is it a mechanical flaw or just pressing?
|Mike Pelfrey (0-2)|
|TOTAL (3 Games)||13.2||12||12||20||6||7||2||7.90||1.98||1-2|
Aaron Sele didn't fare any better, and I'm going to have my questions about him until he proves to me he can approximate what Oliver gave this team last season. I just think Oliver exhibited better stuff last season than Sele has this season. I can't kill him for this one, though, by the time he came in the game was 6-0. On the other hand, maybe if Sele doesn't give up 4 runs on 6 hits in his 2 innings of work, the Mets have more incentive to crawl back in it.