The return of the Bullpen Horror Show is the story of the game. Blame for the loss should be shared with the Mets' bats, who went down 15 straight times to end this 10-inning affair. I can't let Aaron Heilman and Pedro Feliciano completely off the hook, but the lineup has looked pitiful at times against, outside of Roy Oswalt, an underwhelming Astros pitching staff. Here are your game thoughts:
- It looks like Carlos Beltran answered Jerry Manuel and my wakeup call, as he busted out with 2 big homeruns, both of which gave the Mets a lead at the time. Alas, a win was not to be.
- Oliver Perez allowed just 5 baserunners with 8 K's in 6.1 innings. Based on that line, you'd never guess he surrendered 4 ER. Outside of a mistake to Hunter Pence that landed halfway up the former Pepsi Picnic Area, Oliver pitched fine.
- Yankee castoff LaTroy Hawkins looked pretty darn unhittable in his scoreless 9th inning. I guess that ridiculous incident involving Hawkins disrespecting Paul O'Neill by wearing the overly intense former Yankee's #21 really affected him during his time in the Bronx. (side note: If the Yankees retire O'Neill's number, do you think big Paulie will bash a water cooler if he stutters during his speech?)
- My statistically-oriented head almost exploded watching Dartmouth alum Brad Ausmus (.288 SLG %) and Darin Erstad (3rd HR of the season) homer to win this game.
The Mets are now 1-5 against the 'Stros this year. Let's hope Mike Pelfrey's arm isn't exhausted after his first career complete game last week. A win tomorrow would be a nice shot in the arm for the Mets, as they head into an 11 game stretch against the Phillies, Brewers, and Marlins.