NY Sports Dog: Good Morning Mets Fans!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Good Morning Mets Fans!

A win is a win.

The Mets won last night behind a solid start by Mike Pelfrey, two home runs by Mighty Mouse (Fernando Tatis), a strong game by Daniel Murphy, a 2 for 4 night from Carlos Beltran, and a double by Nervous Nick Evans that plated Beltran with the help of a San Diego error.

I think it was great, and the back pages of today's paper are sure to be filled with tales of woe.

We'll get to that.

A win is a win.

The big story of the night was Fernando Tatis. The resurgent slugger hit his 100th and 101st career homeruns and drove in four runs.

His first shot, off starter Chris Young, was of the solo variety and tied the game at one. It was a nice blast and typical of Tatis--full extension with the head of the bat whipping around fast enough to make a physics professor proud.

The second one was more exciting...two men on, Mets down 2-1, Tatis looking for something to hit to keep the rally going.

He hit it--hit it hard and knew he had the distance. As he danced down toward first he did something of a Carlton Fisk impression, waving at it to stay fair, and saw the ball stay in the park just inside the leftfield fair pole.

Tatis raised his arms in jubilation and danced around the basepaths....the Shea faithful asked for and received a curtain call for the likely Comeback Player of the Year and hero of the night.

It was one of the better moments at Shea this year.

"It's unbelievable," said Tatis. "I look at myself right now and I look a couple of years back. I was nothing. Look at the situation I'm in now."

Of Tatis' 9 homeruns, two have tied the game and four have produced leads. He is batting .316 on the season with a robust .531 slugging percentage...he is also on an 11-game hitting streak.

Let's talk about these young guys.

Daniel Murphy continues to impress....really impress. Whether he's robbing people of homeruns by playing a gritty leftfield, staring down the pitcher and battling for walks, or hitting balls to both sides of the field, he looks and acts like he belongs here. He is saying all the right things, too.

"I can't say enough about the people around me that are helping me on this team," Murphy said. "I mean, every time I look up, [Carlos] Beltran has got me in the right spot."

No one is saying this guy is a sure fire bet to be anything more than a major league role player, but as of now he absolutely appears to be someone who belongs here and can help this team try and work its way back to first place.

Mike Pelfrey was solid--not spectacular--solid. 6 2/3rds innings of two run baseball--with both runs by way of solo HR. He scattered 9 hits, only walked one and rebounded nicely from his poor start against the Marlins.

Big Pelf now leads the team in victories with 10 and pitched deep enough to help protect the Wagner-less bullpen. He induced a potentially game saving double play in the 7th before being removed for Pedro Feliciano.

It was the type of game the old Pelfrey would've found a way to lose...in other words, this was another great sign of his maturation into a big time pitcher....a big time pitcher wins these "middling" games when he was his 'B' stuff.

At age 24 Mike Pelfrey is becoming an ace before our eyes, and we're lucky enough to watch it happen.

How about a little shout out for Nervous Nick Evans? He's looked a bit more relaxed of late and had a very nice at bat. Still not sure what we have with this kid, but it sure is nice to see him have some success to build upon before Church gets back and he goes back to the Bing.

Speaking of Church, Ryan worked out yesterday and is day to day waiting to begin his minor league rehab stint.

OK, OK I will talk about the bullpen, but remember, a win is a win.

Aaron Heilman was horrible--stunk up the joint--he was flat out bad.

Was this a bullpen collapse? No.

Did Pedro Feliciano pitch well in relief of Pelf? Heck yes.

Did Joe Smith come in and get a big out on a terrific play by Argenis Reyes? Absolutely.

Did Schoeney get the final out of the game on a meatball down the plate that Giles could have easily hit of out of the park if it wasn't for the fact that he is now off steroids? Yup.

Will Jerry have Heilman on the short leash for his next few outings? Without question.

So there you have it. I am sure the back pages of the papers will be filled with tales of bullpen woe, but the simple fact is three relievers gave up no runs and no hits, while one guy struggled.

The Mets got a win, they gained a game on the Phils, and we are looking for more and more momentum with this home cooking.

Enjoy your coffee!

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Player of the Game
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F. Tatis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3000021 .306
Daniel Murphy, LF2011201 .333
Endy Chavez, RF0000000 .266
David Wright, 3B4000003 .283
Carlos Delgado, 1B2100210 .267
Carlos Beltran, CF4220022 .268
Fernando Tatis, RF-LF4224001 .316
Damion Easley, 2B3000000 .276
Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
a- Nick Evans, PH1010000 .240
Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Brian Schneider, C3000101 .247
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .103
Argenis Reyes, 2B0100100 .289

a-doubled for Feliciano in the 8th
2B - Daniel Murphy (1, Hensley), Nick Evans (5, Hampson)
HR - Fernando Tatis 2 (9, C. Young, Adams)
SH - Jose Reyes (4), Mike Pelfrey (7)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (1), Fernando Tatis 4 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Fernando Tatis (6)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Easley-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (W,10-7) 6.2922132 3.85
Pedro Feliciano (H,12) 1.1000010 3.76
Aaron Heilman 0.1233101 5.67
Joe Smith (H,10) 0.1000000 3.80
Scott Schoeneweis (S,1) 0.1000000 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 101-59, Pedro Feliciano 15-9, Aaron Heilman 19-10, Joe Smith 4-3, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 11-5, Pedro Feliciano 1-2, Aaron Heilman 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 29, Pedro Feliciano 4, Aaron Heilman 4, Joe Smith 1, Scott Schoeneweis 1

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Dylan said...

I am really glad that the Mets didn't go out before the trade deadline and try and get an outfielder. I heard "They won't make the playoffs with Tatis and Chavez in the outfield." Well, with Church coming back, I think Tatis is the right handed bat the Mets needed.
You're right...Heilman looked baaaaad. Who knows what they will do with Wagner out.
Thanks for the great post.

NY Sports Dog (Dave) said...

Dylan...I am with you 100%.

A lot of folks wanted to dangle Mark Carp, and even Niese, for an outfielder.

Tatis has shown he can get it done, Murph looks like he "gets it", and I do expect Church back for the big push.

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