By Mike Steffanos
Game 73: Rockies 7 - Mets 1
I had a long day working in the yard yesterday. It was real back-breaking stuff, and I'm nowhere near as young as I used to be. Last night I dragged my tired old body to the couch in the hope of another solid effort from the baseball team that I root for.
It worked for four innings.
After that it kind of fell apart. Pedro wound up getting rocked, and the Mets couldn't score any runs against a pitcher who had been struggling all season. The Mets fell back to a game under .500, and continue their dance marathon with mediocrity.
I'll give Pedro somewhat of a pass. I don't think Denver is the best place for an older pitcher who depends upon location and lots of off-speed stuff to win. Still, if the Mets are ever going to make a real run this season, Pedro most likely will be a big part of it. Right now he's been giving up a lot of hits. In 4 June starts opponents are hitting a robust .340/.380/.468 against Pedro, and that's not going to cut it.
As I was finishing off this short post, Billy Wagner finished off a nice win by Mike Pelfrey. That did make Saturday night's game a bit easier to take. I caught the end live, but recorded the rest of it. I'll be back with a post once I've watched it.