Jon Niese got hit hard in this one to the tune of 4 earned runs in 4 innings. He gave up 8 hits including a 3-run triple by Erik Aybar in the second inning that started to put the game out of reach. He just didn’t have it today. And Manny Acosta came in for the sixth and seventh innings and threw gas on the fire by allowing two solo homers. One was by light-hitting catcher Jeff Mathis and the other was by struggling Vernon Wells.
The Mets offense couldn’t get anything going against rookie Tyler Chatwood. All 3 runs they scored were in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Bobby Cassevah. So the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
The Mets lose the home series and this is a bad one. Losing to a west coast team in inter-league play is a horrible series loss. The Mets are off tomorrow and the awful A’s come to town on Tuesday for three games.
Los Angeles Angels (34-38) at New York Mets (35-36) 1:10pm
Tyler Chatwood (3-4 4.20) vs. Jon Niese (6-5 3.46)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Angels play the rubber game of the series for Father’s Day today. It should be a great weather day for everyone going to the game with their father. The Angels have Chatwood on the mound today, a rookie who’s been very inconsistent. The Angels have lost the last three games that he started. The Royals roughed him up badly in his last start for 5 runs in 3.2 innings.
Niese has been fantastic in his last six starts. He hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in a game during that span and has only allowed 1 home run. He’s won three straight decisions and is really in a good groove right now.
Mike Pelfrey was the story of the night. He threw his third career complete game allowing 1 run on 5 hits and no walks. The only run he allowed was a solo shot by Mark Trumbo. The shot was legitimate too. It was an opposite field homer to the deepest part of right center field. Otherwise, Pelfrey was completely in control and it was the third straight game that he didn’t walk anyone. Terry Collins allowed him to go 123 pitches deep and it was a tremendous showing.
The Mets offense was keyed by four stolen bases against Dan Haren. He was clearly rattled by the Mets running wild against him. The Mets had a collection of hits to score as usual. But the big hit for the Mets came from Carlos Beltran. He hit a 2-run homer in the fifth inning that appeared to go over Shea Bridge. It was a bomb!
The Mets and Angels will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon.
Chris Capuano was solid again but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Angels. It was a back and forth game throughout the night. But Justin Turner’s throwing error in the second inning allowed an unearnred run to score was the difference in the game.
Capuano went 6 innings and allowed 2 earned runs but he did it on 92 pitches. So it wasn’t the sharpest game he’s had this season but it should have been good enough to win the game.
The Mets offense was led by Angel Pagan who was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. He did a great job of putting the ball in play that scored runs and kept innings alive. Ronny Paulino was also 2 for 4 with 2 doubles.
Los Angeles Angels (33-37) at New York Mets (34-35) 7:10pm
Joel Pineiro (2-3 4.03) vs. Chris Capuano (5-6 4.40)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Angels are in town for three games this weekend after taking two of three in Seattle this week. They’re currently in third place in the AL West, 3 games behind the Rangers. Pineiro has been getting hit hard recently. He’s allowed 4 earned runs in each of his last five starts.
Capuano has been pitching really well lately. He’s won his last two starts and allowed only 1 run in 13 innings over that span.
Kendry Morales of the Los Angeles Angels hit a walk off grand slam to beat the Mariners in 10 innings today. During the celebration Morales broke his leg at home plate. It’s a very strange, and sad, event for a very good player. I’m sure this will have repercussions around the league that teams mandate what kind of celebrations players can engage in.
What to watch: You might have forgotten that there’s a game tonight in all of the news today. The Mets ace, Johan Santana, has a tough match up tonight against Jon Lackey. It’s the first game of the Jerry Manuel regime and I’m anxious to see it. Join me in the Mets Report Game Chat room tonight for the game.
It seems like the Mets have spent half of the first portion of this season out west. Tonight they’re on their way to Los Angeles for a series against the Angels of Anaheim, or California, or Los Angeles. I can’t keep up anymore. So wherever the Angels are from, they’re a good team playing to a 41-28 record which is good enough for first place in the AL West. That’s a .594 clip which is a far cry from the Mets disappointing .485.
I haven’t found any reports that Willie Randolph wasn’t on the flight to LA. So as far as we know the same coaching staff is intact. I’m sure that we’ll hear plenty more about that over the coming days. Since we don’t get to see the Angels much here in the National League East, I thought that I would take some time to talk about how they’re doing this season.
The Angels have been one of the best teams in the American League since Mike Scioscia took over the team in 2000. Under his guidance the team has never finished below third place in the Western division and has four first place finishes.
We’ll get to see Vlad Guerrero again unfortunately. I hoped we had seen the last of him when he left Montreal. And it’s hard to believe that K-Rod has 27 saves already. Joe Saunders is having a terrific year going for his 10th win tonight so we’ll miss him in this series. It looks like the Mets will have their hands full with this team.