By Mike Steffanos
Cardinals 5 - Mets 3 (11)
Played Tuesday, June 26, 2007
After winning an 11 inning game where they didn't hit the night before, the Mets mixed it up by losing an 11 game where they didn't hit. You could make the point that Mike Maroth is a pretty good major league pitcher, but I don't think many would make the same claim for the immortal Todd Wellemeyer. In fairness, he pitched well, but the Mets -- outside of an occasional bust-out game -- are just too easy to pitch to right now.
I'm glad Oliver Perez didn't have to take a loss for last night's game, but it would be nice if the starting pitchers, including Oliver, could be rewarded with a "W" more consistently when they pitch well. Although he had 3 walks in 6.1 innings, I thought his control was much better than it has been in recent games.
|Oliver Perez (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (15 Games)||94.2||41||33||73||85||37||11||3.14||1.16||8-7|
We're going to do something different here today. We're not going to spend a lot of time breaking it down. Scott Schoeneweis' miseries continue, and it's time for the club to consider shutting him down for a while. The Mets as a team are dramatically underachieving at the plate right now. Both of these things are obvious to everyone without me spending a lot of words on them.
So here is some good from last night. It was nice to see them battle back from behind -- something they haven't done a lot this year. I actually had the feeling in the bottom of the eleventh that they just might pull it out a second time. It didn't happen, of course, but it was nice to have that feeling again. I hadn't felt it much this year.
Kudos also to Shawn Green. Although he is still struggling to regain his stroke since coming back from the injury, he is one of the few guys on the club right now who will consistently go deep into the count and put up a patient, professional at bat. Also, although he isn't a great outfielder by any stretch, I've noticed that he is getting better jumps on balls and taking better routes. When a guy improves his defense, it's because he's made a commitment to work at it. He earns my respect more every day. He also looks less scary since the hair started growing back. Mazel tov, buddy.
Enough of this. This game doesn't bear much verbiage. I wrote a piece that I was proud of yesterday, and I also recommend Jack Dickey's fine debut on this site. Look for a piece from Joyce Mandelkern later this afternoon.