In another chance for adversity to strike the Mets rebounded today with Dillon Gee on the mound to get the win (3-3 5.44 ERA). Gee went 6 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs, 5 hits, 4 walks and striking out 6. Gee limited damage all day considering the 9 runners allowed and was bailed out of yet another jam in the 7th by Bobby Parnell and his new weapon the curve ball.
This time Terry allowed Bobby to stay in after retiring the last hitter in the 7th inning. So I guess some will now question that point as Parnell came in and quickly gave up back to back doubles to make the score 6-4. After getting a ground out Parnell allowed a single to Colby Rasmus bringing the score to a tedious 6-5. Bobby then dialed it up to 102 (yeah you read that right) to strike out the next batter. Nice to see Parnell can still be able to dial it up when needed.
Of course with professional hitter Kelly Johnson due up next Collins went to Perpetual Byrdak to face the LH. The 38 year old is on pace for 95 games this season, much the reason that Carson was called up from AA. Hulk came in and gave the following pitch sequence. Slider-Ball, Slider-Ball, Slider-Swinging Strike, Slider-Swinging Strike, Slider-pop up to RF, Duda after a little confusion was able to come in to make the play to retire the side.
Luckily for the Mets who were unable to add insurance runs (see below) they were able to trot out Ever Steady Frank Francisco who in his return to Toronto walked the first batter to bring up Mr. Home Run Bautista. Jose managed to tap a ball through the shift to put runners on 1st and 2nd. With Encarnacion up FFF (for you Stick) said “No Soup For You” and struck him out on 4 pitches for the first out. Then struck out his former battery mate JP Arencibia on5 pitches. Frankie would go 2-2 vs the next batter Thames before sailing (you liked that didn’t you?) out with a strike out of the side. I’ma need to break a take now.
OK I’m back now, a few pounds lighter to boot.
For the offense the story of the game it was two Mets players who grew up Mets fans. David Wright and Mike Baxter. Wright continues to lead by example in showing one of the greatest starts to a season for a Mets hitter that I can recall. David finished the game hitting a world leading .412 with another 2/4 performance and continuing to prove OBP is also important going 3/5 in that department as well. On a side note his BA is about 20 points higher than the next closest MLB player and his OBP is 50 points higher.
Baxter not to be out done went 3/4 with a walk, single, double, triple and … a strike out. OK he didn’t hit for the cycle but the 27 year old from Whitestone, NY continues to impress at every role the Mets place him in. Baxter would finish the day hitting .390.
In other good news:
Ike Davis did not go O’fer. He did manage a double down the RF line. However, he would later be out on the plate after advancing to 3rd on one misplay by the catcher and then trying to score on a passed ball. He was later pulled for Hairston to bat against Darren Oliver. It was talked about by the booth today that if Ike’s struggles continue AAA is a likely landing spot where he could join Jar Jar Binks, Adam Lind and Gaby Sanchez as guys with high expectations dropped to AAA already this season.
All Mets starters had a hit today except for Duda and Andres Torres who has gone ice cold at the plate. Torres and Duda did manage walks thus all Mets hitters reached base today.
Francisco actually showed some guts today. We all know that his start in NY has been dreadful. You can tell from his interviews he wants to turn it around. Today with a one run lead back in Toronto placing the first 2 runners on base it could have been easy to fold. Not only did he not fold but he got the Jay’s 4, 5 and 6 hitters to strike out when he needed them the most. A lot of those strikes were fouls that seemed right on it but Frankie dug out his 10th save 2 off the league lead coming into today.
Strange or not so good news:
I continue to watch Murphy take swings that I don’t get at all. He has incredible bat control but swings at some awful pitches and at inopportune times. I guess if you are going to hit over .300 you can do that. However, I have seen him first pitch swinging at some awful pitches and he did it again today with Darren Oliver yet having thrown a strike and with a runner on 1B no outs Daniel goes after ball 5 and jams it to LF for a shallow pop up. That’s a great way to see no strikes when a pitcher knows they don’t have to throw them. Following Murphy the free swinging Kirk even managed a 5 pitch walk.
The Mets bullpen continues to give up runs at an alarming rate. Even the solid Parnell gave up what could have been 2 costly runs. The Blue Jays pen however, pitched 4 innings of shut out ball with 6 strike outs. It seems so easy. Luckily for the Mets they were able to trot out Ever Steady Frank Francisco who in his return to Toronto
Tomorrow the Mets head to Pittsburgh to take on the Andrew McCutchen‘s (the Pirates to some). Pitching for the Mets will be Johan Santana going against Erik Bedard for the Pirates. Game time 7:05.