This is the kind of game the Mets would be on the losing end of earlier in the season. It amazes me that the Mets can beat Jair Jurrjens, Tim Lincecum, and Tim Hudson, then look totally hapless against the likes of R.A. Dickey, Sidney Ponson and Bronson Arroyo. That's what makes baseball great I guess. Sloppy defense early on by the Braves (namely Chipper Jones) enabled the Mets to put up a five spot in the first, and Mike Pelfrey took over from there. Here are your game thoughts:
- I don't think Pelfrey had such great stuff tonight, but he ended up allowing just 6 baserunners in a complete game 3-hitter. Congrats Mike on your first of hopefully many complete games. He seemed to get stronger as the night wore on, striking out Chipper in the 9th.
- I shouldn't complain about the Mets offense, as they're 2nd in the league in runs scored behind the Cubs. However, their tendency to put up runs early on and inability to score later in the game could be a major issue in September/October, especially considering Billy Wagner's status. The Mets face the Cubs, Brewers, and Marlins in September - a far cry from the Nationals and Braves. Late inning runs are a must-have with the bullpen lacking an ace.
- I appreciate Argenis Reyes for what he is: a solid fill-in middle infielder. However, I have to believe that if his last name wasn't Reyes, he wouldn't be nearly as adored by the fans (and announcers) as he is. I'll cover this topic in another post.
For the 4th(!) series in a row, the Mets will have a chance to sweep. Petey Martinez faces off tomorrow against our old friend/rental player Mike Hampton. Look for Pete to give 6 solid innings before the well rested bullpen finishes the job. Look for Hampton to pull a muscle in his neck and leave the game after watching Jose Reyes's leadoff homer clank off the Dunkin' Donuts cup in the visitors' bullpen.