By Mike Steffanos
Game 2: Mets 9 - Reds 7
I had an ugly feeling of déjà vu watching the last few innings of this one. I can't say all that surprised, though, particularly by Frankie Rodriguez in the ninth. I've seen him pitch quite a few times, and he's always been the sort to create his own mess at times. Sooner or later that comes back to bite you, but I've always respected the way he battles out there even when it's not going well.
I know a lot is going to be made about Pelfrey's terrible first inning and the stumbles by the bullpen. I can't say I feel great about it all, but I'm not going to go crazy on what happens early in the season, whether good or bad.
For what it's worth, I was impressed that Pelfrey came back with 4 more relatively solid pitches, and that K-Rod came away with a save (even if that last out took a long time to settle in Beltran's glove.
Delgado had another big game, and the offense in general looked better.
If you feel bad about the way our bullpen pitched, be glad you're not a Braves fan. They battered Joe Blanton today and took a 10-3 lead into the seventh with a chance to sweep the Phillies on the road.
Four bases loaded walks by Atlanta relievers contributed to a 8 run inning for the home team, and Philly wound up with a 12-11 win.
Everyone has issues at this time of year, and you just hope you can pull out some wins while you're sorting it out. I'll take the "W".
I'm sick as a dog tonight, so I'll leave it to you guys if you have any comments on the game. I'll try to be back tomorrow with something intelligent, but I'm not promising anything (at least as far as intelligence).