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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Good Morning Mets Fans!

Raise your hand if you enjoyed the hell out of that game last night. Yup, me too. It was a long one at 3 hours and 11 minutes, and it was also quite dramatic and finished with a bang.

A bunch of folks are writing rather disparaging words about Ollie Perez today, but I thought his start was pretty decent. His overall line was 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB and 7 Ks. Not bad.

Yes it took him 112 pitches to get through those 5 innings, but his stuff was there and I thought the ump pinched him on a couple of really good pitches that went for balls.

Since his return Ollie has gone 1-1 in 5 starts and given up 2, 3, 4, 3, 2 earned runs in those outings to lower his ERA by nearly two full runs per game. Right now he has one undoing--walks. In those same 5 starts he has walked 7, 4, 6, 4, 5...terrible.

So with all that said, I truly believe Ollie is on the brink of a few 7+ inning games where he walks 2 or 3....the line is that fine with him right now.

I could write all day about last night's game--the brilliant at bat by Brian Schneider that resulted in a 400 foot double, the gutsy at-bats by Alex Cora, the continued streak of DW, another RBI from Jeff Francoeur, the brilliance of Pedro Feliciano, the wonderful pinch hitting of Omir Santos and Angel Berroa and of course, the 5 RBIs and Grand Slam of Angel Pagan.

It was that kind of game.

Instead, let's look at the Mets stars of this 8 game effort that's produced a 6-2 record.

David Wright:
12 for 27, 9 Runs, 4 Doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBIs

Jeff Francoeur:
7 for 29, 10 RBIs

Angel Pagan:
10 for 35, 6 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 Triples, 7 RBIs

Daniel Murphy:
10 for 29, 6 Runs

Alex Cora:
9 for 26, 5 Runs

Corey Sullivan:
6 for 20

Luis Castillo:
7 for 25, 7 Runs, 6 Walks

Notice anything? Yup, you got it--no one is going crazy and carrying the team by themselves.

What we have here is a team that is getting hits together, creating runs together, picking each other up. Toss in the occassional longball and the wins keep piling up.

This is what we all said could happen when the stars went down--get enough runs for the pitching staff to do their thing.

The plan now is to keep winning games, get a few more pieces back, and get to September no worse than 3 games back in the wild card. If the Mets keep playing like this, it could even be closer than that.

So enjoy your coffee and root like hell for Big Pelf to keep this thing going....one game at a time.

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A. Pagan AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4125010 .295
Luis Castillo, 2B5000013 .294
David Wright, 3B4110110 .325
Daniel Murphy, 1B4110011 .247
Jeff Francoeur, RF4111000 .257
Cory Sullivan, LF2111100 .269
a- Fernando Tatis, PH-LF1000010 .242
Alex Cora, SS3121100 .253
Brian Schneider, C3111013 .212
b- Omir Santos, PH-C1110000 .263
Oliver Perez, P2010002 .333
Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
c- Jeremy Reed, PH1000001 .259
Tim Redding, P0000000 .077
Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
d- Angel Berroa, PH1110000 .146
Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000

a-struck out for Sullivan in the 8th
b-singled for Schneider in the 8th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Parnell in the 6th
d-singled for Feliciano in the 8th
2B - Angel Pagan (7, Boyer), Alex Cora (10, Scherzer), Brian Schneider (8, Scherzer)
HR - Angel Pagan (1, Zavada)
SF - Angel Pagan (1)
RBI - Angel Pagan 5 (12), Jeff Francoeur (53), Cory Sullivan (4), Alex Cora (13), Brian Schneider (22)
SB - David Wright (23, 2nd base off Boyer/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Cora-Castillo-Murphy
PB - Brian Schneider (1)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 5632571 7.03
Bobby Parnell (BS,4) 1222110 4.20
Tim Redding 0.1000000 6.99
Pedro Feliciano (W,4-3) 1.2000010 2.51
Brian Stokes 0.2111111 3.50
Francisco Rodriguez (S,24) 0.1000000 2.06
WP - Oliver Perez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 112-67, Bobby Parnell 21-14, Tim Redding 3-2, Pedro Feliciano 15-11, Brian Stokes 13-7, Francisco Rodriguez 3-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 3-4, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Tim Redding 1-0, Pedro Feliciano 2-2
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 25, Bobby Parnell 6, Tim Redding 1, Pedro Feliciano 5, Brian Stokes 4, Francisco Rodriguez 1
Game Information
Attendance - 39574
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom

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