Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Mets 10-Game Report: Volume 6

Greetings, my friends, and welcome to the 6th official installment of the Mets 10-Game Report.  And, remember: always use two hands when trying to catch that pop-up!  

Previous Results:

And the latest:
Volume 6:
Games 51-60
Record: 4-6

@ PIT L 3-1
@ PIT postponed
@ PIT L 11-6
@ WAS W 3-1
@ WAS L 7-1
@ WAS W 7-0
vs PHI W 6-5
vs PHI L 5-4
vs PHI L 6-3
@ NYY L 9-8
@ NYY W 6-2

Runs Scored: 45

Runs Allowed: 49

Team BA: 100/355 = .281 (not bad for an injury laden lineup!)

Team BA w/RISP: 24/97 = .247 

Team BA w/RISP & 2 outs: 7/43 = .162 (The Mets have been so bad with this for the past two years.  It is very frustrating.)

HRs: 7 (The power drought continues.)

HRs Allowed: 15 (This is way too high, though about half of them came in the last three games.)

Team ERA: 90.2IP, 44ER = 4.39

Starter ERA: 58.2IP, 37ER = 5.72 (This is by far the worst the starters have performed all season.  Johan has uncharacteristically been giving up a lot of runs, and Pelf had that one god-awful start in Pittsburgh.)

Bullpen ERA: 32IP, 7ER = 1.96 (But the bullpen continues to rake.  Mark my words - when the Mets get healthy again, they will rock and roll mainly because of this bullpen.)

Errors: 9 (Two hands, Luis!  TWO HANDS!!!!!!)


Fielding DP: 11

SB: 10 (The Mets continue to run all over opposing pitchers, which is great.)

Volume 6 MVPs
Starter: None of the starters were good enough this volume, but this has to go to Santana for getting a big W against the Phillies.
Reliever: K-Rod notched a huge save in a 1-run game against the Phillies, and would have had another huge one the other night IF LUIS CASTILLO HAD USED TWO HANDS!!!
Hitter: David Wright is on fire.  The man, or as I like to call him - The Best Third Baseman in New York - is hitting .514 in the month of June with an OPS of 1.357, and all this after hitting .371 in May.  The man is on another planet.  

Volume 6 Whiskey With No Ice Specials:
Starter: Tim Redding lasted only 3.2 innings and gave up 8 earned runs in Pittsburgh.  Yuck!
Reliever: Switzer was called up to get left-handed hitters out, and promptly gave up a 3 run homer to Hideki Matsui.  But everyone else in that bullpen (EVEN SEAN GREEN!) has been great.  

Summary Analysis:  Well, a pattern is starting to develop here.  Volume 1 aside, the Mets have been bad, great, bad, very good, and then bad.  They have to stay away from these 4-6 type results, and try to keep their bad stretches at 5-5.  

In any case, what sums up this volume?  As is usually the case in baseball, it all ultimately comes down to starting pitching.  And the Mets didn't get it this volume.  Too many duds in Pittsburgh, plus a dud from Maine in Washington, plus a mediocre start by Livan friday night = 4-6.  Of course, the Mets had their chances to turn this into a 6-4, or even 7-3.  In fact, this should have been a 5-5 result at least, but Luis Castillo did his best do prevent that (I don't want to talk about it anymore).  

But you know what, folks?  The Mets are battling.  They really are.  I mean, look at this lineup, people.  Just look at it.  Look at all that has happened with these ridiculous injuries this year.  And yet the Mets are still right there in the thick of things, fighting blow for blow with Philly, beating the Red Sox, beating the Yankees, keeping themselves above .500, keeping themselves within striking distance of the Phillies.  

Speaking of the injuries, I think we can go all the way back to the start of the San Francisco series in mid-May.  Since then the Mets have been without Delgado and Reyes, and there have been more too along the way.  The Mets are 14-13 since then.  Now, that's not anything to dance about, of course.  But it is over .500, and a hell of a lot better than 10-17, which it could EASILY be right now.  And also - think about the fact that after 60 games last year, the Mets were 30-30, and something like 7 games behind the Phillies.  Things are rough right now for sure, and this team has its flaws, among them being all these ridiculous injuries.  

But they are battling.  They are fighting.  Cast in point: yesterday's win against the Yankees.  This is something the Mets have specialized in over the last year and a half or so - coming back strong after a demoralizing loss.  We saw it so many times last year, and we saw it again yesterday.  I don't even want to talk about that loss on friday.  I just don't.  I just can't.  (TWO HANDS, LUIS!  TWO HANDS!!!!!!).  And then they came back the next day and decisively flat-out beat the Yankees in their home bandbox (that "stadium" is a joke).  

Of course, now we have to really brace ourselves, because the schedule really does not let up until the all-star break.  Next up for Volume 7 is the rubber game against the Yanks, 3 games at Baltimore, 3 games against the Rays at home, and then another set against the Cardinals at home.  I'd probably sign up right now for 5-5, although I think the Mets can win all of these series.  

Here we go.  Remember: Ya Gotta Believe.  

Around the NL East:
Phillies: 4-6, 7-3, 5-5, 7-3, 7-3, 5-5
Braves: 5-5, 5-5, 4-6, 6-4, 5-5, 5-5
Marlins: 9-1, 3-7, 4-6, 3-7, 4-6, 6-4

Basically, the Phillies are one 10-game stretch better than the Mets so far this season.  The Braves are nothing but a .500 team.  I mean, look at those numbers.  Nothing says "we are a .500 team" more than all those 5-5's.  The Marlins have finally posted a winning 10-game stretch.  Horray!  Good for you, fishies.  

And in the American League, the Red Sox currently own the Yankees.  

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