The Mets fell to St Louis by a score of 5-4 today, failing to sweep them in New York for the first time ever.This game would be filed under the good pitching performance folder, with every other game of this series, as Dillon Gee pitched 7 innings of 3 run (two earned) ball, while striking out eight and walking just two batters. He really used his two-seam fastball to set up his other pitches today, throwing it 40% of the time (according to MLB.com pitch f/x). Gee was able to work out of a tough spot he created for himself in the seventh, with Terry trusting him to work out of a tough spot.The Mets were able to score four runs on six hits today, as Lucas Duda was able to continue his torrid power streak that he has been on for the last week or so. The home run he hit ended up in the Pepsi Porch in right field, finishing a few rows deep. In the bottom of the 7th Scott Hairston hit a pinch-hit two run home run to draw the Mets even with St Louis at 3. Andres Torres would hit a sac-fly in the 8th to pull the Mets to within one run.The one thing that we forgot about during that three game stretch of delirium was that our bullpen is really horrendous. Jon Rauch came in and would surrender a two-run homer to Allen Craig, giving St Louis a 5-3 lead, on a high fastball that wasn't even a particularly bad pitch.Here are some notes from today's game.I love Carlos Beltran, I love his stance, his swing, how he fields, and how he carries himself. He is probably my favorite player ever and can't fathom why any Mets fan doesn't worship him for putting this team back on the map in 2005.Scott Hairston has really become someone that I trust in big spots, and with Baxter now out for a significant period of time Hairston will need to step up and take on big pinch-hit opportunities such as that one today.Dillon Gee just continues to pitch well, and get screwed over in some fashion. Today he was able to work his way out of a real tough spot there in the 7th, showing composure to be able to work through multiple types of hitters and only surrender two runs.On the sac-fly that Andres Torres hit in the 8th inning, if he had taken a full swing instead of the half one that he took, it would have most likely been a three-run homer. Torres really hasn't been all that bad at the plate this year, although that batting average could come up a few points.I love that Duda has a set way that he approaches hitting, follows it, and is now getting results. I really like what I am seeing from El Dude and hope that he can keep it up moving forwards.Here are some discussion points.
- With Jon Rauch struggling again, at what point do you turn to the young guns like Egbert and Ramirez?
- With Wright about to pass Reyes for the Mets run record, where do you think they rank among Mets all time?
- What do you expect from the team in Washington and in the Bronx this upcoming week?
- What kind of "intermediate" trades would you expect the team to make? What would you do if you were Sandy? Where's the balance between short term and long term?
The Mets will continue play tomorrow in Washington at 7, with Chris Young making his season debut. Also keep checking back in to the site for a Draft Preview written by yours truly.