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pitchers # Pos.
Manny Acosta 36 P
Pedro Feliciano 25 P
John Maine 33 P
Jenrry Mejia 32 P
Jon Niese 49 P
Fernando Nieve 38 P
Mike Pelfrey 34 P
Oliver Perez 46 P
Francisco Rodriguez 75 P
Johan Santana 57 P
Hisanori Takahashi 47 P
Raul Valdes 22 P
catchers # Pos.
Rod Barajas 21 C
Henry Blanco 4 C
Josh Thole 30 C
infielders # Pos.
Luis Castillo 1 2B
Alex Cora 13 SS
Ike Davis 29 1B
Jose Reyes 7 SS
Fernando Tatis 17 1B
David Wright 5 3B
outfielders # Pos.
Jason Bay 44 LF
Chris Carter 23 LF
Jeff Francoeur 12 RF
Gary Matthews 19 CF
Angel Pagan 16 CF

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Final - 5.12.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington Nationals 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 11 1
New York Mets 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
WP: Tyler Clippard (7 - 1)
SV: Matt Capps (14)
LP: Francisco Rodriguez (2 - 1)

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Nationals 6, Mets 4: One Out Of Three Ain't Good

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When Francisco Rodriguez blew a save in the 20-inning marathon, his teammates picked him up and the Mets eventually won the game. When he allowed a game-tying home run to no-name scrub John Bowker in the 9th inning on Friday, his batterymate God Barajas ended things in the bottom half of the frame with a walkoff homer. Alas, today there would be no pick-me-up. There would be no vulture win. Frankie gave up a tie-breaking two-run home run in the 9th to Rogearvin Bernadina, he of the career minor league line of .265/.350/.383. What's more, it came on an 88 mph fastball. Frankie's velocity was around 90 mph today, a far cry from the mid-90's "K-Rod" of just a couple seasons ago. Maybe he couldn't get loose in the cold weather. Maybe he's feeling the effects of a heavy workload this past weekend. Regardless, it's not a comforting sign for the man with the vesting option of doom.

Mike Pelfrey pitched better than his mediocre boxscore line indicates (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K). That's a strikeout per inning, and he threw 119 pitches in his best attempt to preserve the bullpen a night after Jon Niese's short outing. The opposing pitcher, Craig Stammen, was his nemesis of the day. Stammen went 2-2 and drove in three runs. The amazing Bernadina accounted for the other run -- he hit a solo homer in the 4th, regressing Pelf's HR/FB% in the process.

Angel Pagan and Alex Cora were the hitting stars today, combining to go 4-9. Jose Reyes had a rough go of it, going 1-5, grounding into a crucial double play and making an error in the field. The double play came in the 7th inning on an 0-2 count when the game was tied. Jerry Manuel had ordered Reyes to bunt, but unfortunately Reyes couldn't get it down on two tries. It was a silly thing to call, but hey, that's Jerryball. Get on board with it or you'll be in Jerry's famous doghouse (featuring new resident Fernando Tatis, for some reason). Reyes deserves some blame for not executing the bunt, and also for a 5th inning baserunning blunder, but asking your three hitter to bunt in that spot is just dumb, dumb, dumb. Also, Jeff Francoeur went 0-4 today. His OPS is now .705. Take THAT, Moneyball!

The Mets are 0-6 in rubber games this season. This one would have been nice to have, especially after last night's uplifting win. It feels like that Sunday night game they lost to the Cardinals earlier this season, the day after winning the 20-inning game. Tomorrow starts an eight game road trip -- four with the Marlins, two with the Braves and two with the Nationals. Johan Santana and Josh Johnson battle tomorrow night in an ace-off at 7:10. I'll finish with one bit of good news, via David Lennon:

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Poem by Howard Megdal

(Sung to "Mona Lisa")
Bernadina, Bernadina
Where'd you come from?
With your power bat
And oh-so-golden glove
Once a joker, mediocre
But no longer
Hit like Willingham
And dove like Willie H
Do you smile, when you crush us,
Bernadina?
Don't you know that Mets fans all have broken hearts?
We brought dreams of a win to your doorstep
We were tied there
Then we died there
Are you warm, are you real, Bernadina?
Or just another Nat here to take our team apart

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Open Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 5/12/10




Mike Pelfrey

#34 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-7

230

R

R

Jan 14, 1984



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Mike Pelfrey 4-1 7 6 0 0 1 0 37.1 34 11 11 1 14 25 2.65 1.29


Craig Stammen

#35 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-3

200

R

R

Mar 09, 1984



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Craig Stammen 1-1 6 6 0 0 0 0 32.0 38 22 20 4 4 19 5.63 1.31

Random stat -- Mets top five position players per FanGraphs WAR:

1. David Wright -- 1.6
2. Rod Barajas -- 0.6
3. Henry Blanco -- 0.6
4. Angel Pagan -- 0.5
5. Jason Bay -- 0.4

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Fernando Tatis's Reign Of Grabbiness Continues, Ike Davis Latest Victim

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Yes, that's Fernando Tatis's hand on Ike Davis's junk. Yes, he was probably just trying to protect Davis from falling into the dugout. Yes, Tatis walked away from the encounter with a big smile on his face. The screenshot is funny enough on its own, but its hilarity is only amplified by the fact that Tatis is a repeat offender.

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An Analysis Of David Wright's Pitch Recognition

I've seen a lot of speculation around here about why David Wright is putting up higher than normal strikeout totals. Some suggest he can't hit sliders away, while others suggest it is his inability to hit an inside curveball due to a "bailing out" reflex. I decided to analyze Wright's pitch recognition for the four main pitches (four seam fastball, curve, slider, and changeup) to see if i could decipher any sort of trend.

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We Believe In Comebacks Applesauce - Carter Is Clutch, Francoeur Is Upset, Phillies Are Dirty Cheaters

Rule #1 in the Mets roster management handbook the last few seasons has been "When in doubt, play the veteran." The Carter-for-Catalanotto swap is a rare move that defies that credo, and a big reason why last night's win was so damn satisfying. It wasn't just a player delivering a clutch hit to win a game -- it was a shot fired at a stubborn front office which employed Marlon Anderson, Julio Franco and Guillermo Mota while casting aside the likes of Ruben Gotay, Nick Evans and Heath Bell. Or maybe I'm just looking for meaning where there is none.

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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/12

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report Results from the night of Tuesday May 11, 2010.

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo

  • SS Ruben Tejada: 0-4, 2 K (.296/.346/.367); also made a fielding error in the eighth
  • 3B Mike Hessman: 1-3, 2B, BB, K (.299/.361/.641); Hess was pretty much the brightest spot on a dismal day in Buffalo
  • RF Jesus Feliciano: 0-2, BB, HBP (.341/.385/.424)
  • SP Bobby Livingston: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR (1-4, 4.05 ERA, 33.1 IP, 38 H, 15 BB, 17 K, 1 HR); got hit hard last night.

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Mets 8, Nationals 6: Animal Kingdom

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Earlier today, Andy Martino of the Daily News pondered "[Chris] Carter can hit, but can he pinch-hit?" That question was answered tonight, as Carter hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI double in the 8th inning. It was a dream debut for man known as "The Animal", as he spurred the Mets to their most memorable victory so far this season. The lineup pounded out six runs on six hits in the 8th, and Frankie Rodriguez sent down the Nats 1-2-3 in the 9th to complete the comeback from down 6-1. Ike Davis made his third outstanding dugout catch of the season to seal it, linked here.

Carter has a great look -- he could be mistaken for an extra from Saving Private Ryan. This smashing entrance should make him a quick fan favorite, and hopefully earn him some more playing time. Jeff Francoeur is hitting just .209/.290/.419 vs. right-handed pitching. The Animal has historically hit better against righties than lefties. Perhaps he could get some work in? Like tomorrow, vs. righty Craig Stammen.

Some other game notes in lazy bullet-point format:

  • Jon Niese just didn't have it tonight. He walked five in 4.1 innings of work and surrendered a three-run homer to The Big Donkey Adam Dunn in the 1st inning. He induced only six swinging-strikes out of 91 total pitches, a sign that batters weren't being fooled. In a rare reader e-mail, I was asked why we always cite swinging-strikes in recaps. It's because swinging-strike percentage correlates strongly with strikeout rate, which, obviously, correlates with runs allowed. Within the confines of one game, swinging-strike rate provides a cursory look at the pitcher's effectiveness. League average rate for starting pitchers is around 8%. Tim Lincecum, CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander and Johan Santana were among the top ten in swinging-strike rate last season.
  • The amount of literal and figurative ink spilled over David Wright's "struggles" the last 72 hours or so has been ridiculous. The man is a beast and has a team-leading .968 OPS after going 3-4 with two doubles and a walk tonight. Of course, those desperately trying to turn Wright into the Mets' version of A-Rod ("he's un-clutch!") will point to his 8th inning strikeout as a sign that he's a mess. Yes, I wish he was striking out less. However, as long as his production is stellar, which it is, there's no reason to freak out about him when so many other hitters are struggling. One of those hitters, Jason Bay, had his biggest night in quite some time, going 3-4 but with no extra-base hits.
  • Brian Bruney is not a good pitcher. Career xFIP of 5.15 and walking 10+ per nine innings so far this season. Can't say this is a disappointing development.
  • Credit where credit is due -- Alex Cora had a nice game off the bench. His crafty bunt single in the 8th came at a rare time when bunting is appropriate, and he also drew a walk. Don't look now, but his OPS is almost .600!
  • Congrats to Raul Valdes, who earned his first major league win. Who knows how long it will last, but the Mexican League hero now has a 19:7 K:BB ratio in 17.1 innings of work.

The Mets will try to win the rubber game tomorrow at 1:10. Mike Pelfrey starts for the good guys.

Beer of the game: Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury, Vermont.

"Great roasted malt character and beautiful deep copper color. Great hop flavor and aroma. A tad bit weak on the bitterness for my taste, but I’ve not yet found a beer that satisfies my craving for hops. Minimal head with some lacing. A fine IPA, and possibly a new favorite for me."-- RateBeer User Review

Poem by Howard Megdal

All Mets fans had seen this movie before
Sure they'd get hits; then fail to score
But down in the eighth, Mets found attack
Hit after hit, they came all the way back
And who gets the hit that gives them the lead?
The Animal, finally here to fill their bench need
Ike ends the game with a catch acrobatic
No shock; while somersaulting he's automatic

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Open Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 5/11/10




Jon Niese

#49 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-4

215

L

L

Oct 27, 1986 - woohoo World Champions!



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jon Niese 1-1 7 6 0 0 0 0 35.0 46 15 14 3 12 29 3.60 1.66


Scott Olsen

#19 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-5

215

L

L

Jan 12, 1984



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Scott Olsen 2-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 28.0 25 12 11 2 9 26 3.54 1.21


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