Look, I am not so upset with the fact that the Mets lost to the Phillies 10-7. If anything I can look at the bright side and take solace in the fact that the Mets didn’t lie down and accept defeat after trailing by the score of 7-2 in the fifth inning. It was heartening to see David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Ike Davis sustain the inning by getting on base and knocking in runs. I am also happy to see that Jose Reyes appears to be 100% healthy. His ability to get on base with infield hits is awesome.
What I am disheartened to see was the regression of Mike Pelfrey. Mike looked awful from the first pitch that he threw. By the time that he was taken out in the third inning, he had already given up three runs. Unfortunately Taylor Bucholtz allowed all of the runners that he inherited by Pelfrey to score, ballooning the score to 7-0.
Blane Boyer pitched well against the first two batters he faced, until the Phillies got lucky and were able to rock him for three runs,
But back to Pelf. I don’t know if this has to do with the fact that he has been named the “ace” of the staff in Johan Santana’s absence. I know that his psychiatrist, who he openly credited in helping him overcome his peccadilloes passed away over the winter, but is that what has caused him to revert back to the Pelf of ’07 and ’08 ? The season is still young and I am not saying that Pelfrey is washed up. He just has to find his ” special” place where he can concentrate on the mound and not pitch scared like he did last night. Pelf has the stuff the be a front of the rotation pitcher mechanics wise, but he has to start to believe in himself and his abilities. If he doesn’t it might be a very long season for him – and I wouldn’t rule out the negative faction of the fan base to start considering him the next Oliver Perez. Lets just hope that is not the case, and this is just a easy mechanical problem that needs to be tweaked.
And with that said … HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include :
Back up outfielder from the ’63 season, Joe Hicks is 78 (1933).
The New York Mets signed free agent utilty man, Clint Hurdle on April 7, 1983. Clint played parts of three seasons with the Mets before finishing his career with St. Louis,. After his playing career had ended he became a manager in the Mets organization. He has since managed the Cardinals, Colorado Rockies. Last season he was the hitting coach for the Texas Ramgers, and is currently the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Bob Gibson on April 7, 1987. He made just one appearance for the Mets that season. He retired after the season had ended.
The Cincinnati Reds claimed pitcher, Pete Schourek of the New York Mets on waivers on April 7, 1994.
The Philadelphia Phillies claimed starting pitcher, Nelson Figueroa of the New York Mets on waivers on April 7, 2010. Nelson was a underdog journeyman pitcher who Mets fans had taken a shine to. He pitched decently in his second go rounf with the Mets, but many people were put off by his perceived ” sense of entitlement” that he deserved to make the team last season. He was roundly cheered after being shellaced by the Mets when he faced them for the first time last season. He was released mid season and caught on with the Houston Astros.
And yes tomorrow is the big day !!! No not Mo Vaughn seeing his toes for the first time in decades but just 1 day until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field !!! I’ll be there and tomorrow i’ll reveal what section i’ll be sitting in.