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May 27, 2008
  
Daily Mets Recap: May 27th, 2008
by: Milo Taibi, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on May 27, 2008 9:52 AM | Filed under: Game Recaps

The Game

Last night was a turning point for the New York Mets. In my opinion, the Mets took a sharp turn off the road of relevance, and became a non-factor in the NL East. All of the glaring flaws of this team that couldn’t be fixed with Johan Santana are coming back to haunt this, quite frankly, mediocre team. Last night the Mets lost to the Florida Marlins 7-3.

Mike Pelfrey took the mound for the Mets, and had another certified, “Mike Pelfrey,” outing. Its a bit early, but I’d consider Pelf a bust already. This guy is the exact same pitcher we drafted in 2005. Mike lasted four innings, giving up six hits and six earned runs. Oh and as per usual, Pelfrey threw a ton of pitches through minimal innings (95 pitches in four innings yesterday). When Pedro Martinez returns from the DL, I no longer consider it an option to send down Claudio Vargas. Pelfrey is still such an incomplete pitcher, and I’m sick of him being force fed to the fans. Right now Pelfrey appears to be a bad draft pick, and I hope the Mets send him and his 5.33 ERA to Triple A New Orleans when Pedro returns.

The Mets offense got started early on tonight by Jose Reyes, who hit a solo home run to get the Mets on the board. One sac fly off the bat of Carlos Delgado later, and the Mets evened up the ballgame. In a bizarre turn of events, the Mets also scored in the next frame when Jose Reyes hit a bullet into the Mets bullpen to give the Mets the lead. After this, the Mets offense had a bus to catch and left in a hurry. The Mets wouldn’t score for the rest of the game, and frankly I wasn’t caught by surprise. No team can win more than a handful in a season with a lineup including Nick Evans, Luis Castillo, Carlos Delgado, Brian Schneider, and Endy Chavez. This whole game was one big white flag; how do Doug Waechter and Joe Nelson combine for three scoreless innings?!?!?!?!!?

You’d be hard pressed to find many positives from this game. Yes, Jose Reyes hit two home runs but his lousy defense cost the Mets two runs in the first inning. Aaron Heilman pitched two scoreless innings, which is always nice.

Here’s a negative; as it turns out, Matt Wise is pretty overrated. I’m not saying that he stinks exactly, but I don’t see how he’s more deserving of a roster spot than Nelson Figueroa (who’s a relief pitcher, in my opinion). Wise walked two, and gave up a run in his outing last night.

Overall, I think the most glaring issue with this team is that it has no general direction. Fine, if Omar Minaya wants to stick with Willie Randolph, that’s his choice. But what measure is Willie going to take to right this ship? I think this team is poorly assembled with dreadful contracts, and I really think that the only way to get this team going is to make moves. As of this writing, the Mets are 6.5 games behind in the NL East. We’re now approaching June; this team losing so many games isn’t a false outlook upon the future. I really think that unless the Mets get rid of some of the dead weight on this team that was instrumental in last year’s collapse, we’ll have no future in 2008.

On Tuesday the Mets will try their luck against Andrew Miller and the Fish with a 7:10 start.

 

The Haiku

Willie safe- for now
Mets respond, come out fighting
Think better of it

 

The Boxscore

Florida AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ramirez, SS 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 .300
Hermida, RF 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .268
Cantu, 3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 4 .277
Jacobs, 1B 3 2 1 1 2 0 4 .257
  Pinto, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Nelson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Uggla, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .317
Gonzalez, LF 4 1 1 3 1 0 2 .280
Treanor, C 5 0 2 1 0 2 0 .289
Jones, J, CF 3 1 1 0 2 0 2 .161
Nolasco, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .067
  Waechter, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Helms, PH-1B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .247
Totals 34 7 10 7 8 7 19  

a-Doubled for Waechter in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Jacobs (10, Pelfrey), Uggla (19, Pelfrey), Gonzalez (8, Pelfrey), Helms (5, Wise).
TB: Hermida 2; Cantu; Jacobs 2; Uggla 2; Gonzalez 2; Treanor 2; Jones, J; Helms 2.
RBI: Jacobs (29), Uggla (38), Gonzalez 3 (17), Treanor (12), Hermida (26).
2-out RBI: Jacobs; Uggla; Gonzalez 3; Treanor.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez 2; Nolasco; Hermida; Jacobs 2.
S: Nolasco.
GIDP: Uggla.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
PO: Ramirez (2nd base by Pelfrey).

FIELDING
DP: (Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 4 2 2 2 1 0 0 .276
Castillo, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .259
Wright, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .281
Beltran, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .261
Delgado, 1B 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 .215
Schneider, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .259
Evans, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .300
Chavez, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .191
Pelfrey, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Casanova, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Church, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .309
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Wise, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Smith, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Easley, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211
Totals 34 3 9 3 2 4 15  

a-Lined out for Pelfrey in the 4th. b-Grounded out for Heilman in the 6th. c-Grounded out for Smith in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Reyes 2 (6, 1st inning off Nolasco, 0 on, 0 out; 2nd inning off Nolasco, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Reyes 8; Castillo 2; Wright 2; Beltran 2; Chavez.
RBI: Reyes 2 (23), Delgado (25).
2-out RBI: Reyes.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Evans 3; Wright.
SF: Delgado.
GIDP: Castillo.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Castillo (9, 2nd base off Nolasco/Treanor).

FIELDING
E: Reyes (7, fielding).
DP: 2 (Reyes-Castillo-Delgado, Reyes-Castillo).
Pickoffs: Pelfrey (Ramirez at 2nd base).

 
Florida IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nolasco (W, 4-3) 5.0 9 3 3 2 1 2 4.70
Waechter (H, 4) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.40
Pinto 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.41
Nelson 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pelfrey (L, 2-6) 4.0 6 6 4 3 3 0 5.33
Heilman 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5.81
Feliciano 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2.29
Wise 1.0 2 1 1 2 1 0 6.43
Smith 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.15

IBB: Jones, J (by Pelfrey), Ramirez (by Wise).
HBP: Uggla (by Pelfrey).
Pitches-strikes: Nolasco 80-50, Waechter 17-11, Pinto 17-12, Nelson 16-11, Pelfrey 95-52, Heilman 25-18, Feliciano 16-5, Wise 29-15, Smith 12-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Nolasco 5-9, Waechter 4-1, Pinto 1-0, Nelson 3-0, Pelfrey 1-7, Heilman 2-1, Feliciano 2-1, Wise 2-0, Smith 1-1.
Batters faced: Nolasco 25, Waechter 6, Pinto 3, Nelson 3, Pelfrey 22, Heilman 7, Feliciano 4, Wise 7, Smith 4.
Umpires: HP: Joe West. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Rob Drake. 3B: CB Bucknor.
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, R to L.
T: 2:59.
Att: 51,489.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

The Win Probability Added Graph


The Credits

Recap by Milo Taibi
Haiku by Howard Megdal


One Response to “Daily Mets Recap: May 27th, 2008”

  1. Comment posted by sheadenizen on May 27, 2008 at 1:29 pm (#706640)

    What’s the point of these anyway?
    Can’t you just write….”same old, same old” and save yourself the time and energy. Or systemize them:
    1. the offense lost the game
    2. The starter lost the game
    3. the bullpen lost the game
    4. no tack on runs lost the game

    Then you can have Daily Mets Recap with the date and use a combination of the numbers. Really, why not simplify!

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