The Mets took the series with a win in the rubber game tonight behind a huge game by Jon Niese. He was throwing no-hits through three innings and went 7.2 innings allowing only the one run. He ended up allowing only 3 hits and had 8 strikeouts. The curve ball was working again. He really has a great feel for that pitch right now. K-Rod came in to get the four out save and wrapped up the game allowing only 1 hit.
Jason Bay was benched tonight and the lineup had much better continuity without him. He’s an automatic out right now and a major rally killer. So it was good to see him get some time off. The only thing keeping him on this roster right now is his big contract.
The Mets offense had an all-around solid performance. They had 11 hits and 3 walks in the game but they did have 11 strikeouts. Surprisingly, Jose Reyes was 0 for 5. It seems like a long time since he’s had a 0-for.
The Mets head to Pittsburgh for a four game series starting tomorrow.
New York Mets (29-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (35-27) 8:10pm
Jon Niese (4-5 3.75) vs. Yonani Gallardo (8-2 3.72)
TV: ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Brewers play the rubber game of the series tonight before a four game series starts tomorrow in Pittsburgh. The Mets should have closed out that win last night because they’re going against one of the better pitchers in the league tonight in Gallardo. He’s won the last six straight games that he started. And he hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any game during that span. In his career against the Mets (4 games), he’s 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA.
The Mets have a shot with Niese though. He’s pitched extremely well in his last four starts. He’s 2-1 and hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in a game during those four starts. Maybe Jason Bay could help him out tonight by remembering how to hit.
The Mets took a tough loss in the bottom of the ninth in this one. What’s worse, is that it was a well pitched game by Mike Pelfrey and Randy Wolf through the first 6 innings. The Mets were down 2-1 after the sixth on a Prince Fielder home run. The Mets scored 5 runs in the seventh off Kameron Lowe on a rally that Jose Reyes (who else?) started.
The Mets bullpen couldn’t hold the lead with Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen, and Dale Thayer gave up 5 runs in the final two innings to blow the lead and lose the game.
The Mets offense was solid and the seventh inning explosion was teed up by Reyes but Ronny Paulino hit a 3-run homer. He was 4 for 4 on the night with 3 RBI’s. Big night for Paulino.
The Mets and Brewers will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow night.
New York Mets (29-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (34-27) 8:10pm
Mike Pelfrey (3-4 5.56) vs. Randy Wolf (4-4 3.69)
TV: ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets can take the series in Milwaukee tonight with a win behind Pelfrey. Although his last start against the Pirates was hideous, giving up 7 runs in 5 innings of a no-decision. The Mets have lost three of the last four games that he started. He’ll need to do better than that tonight to get a win.
Wolf didn’t pitch that well in his last start in Florida either. It was a no-decision for him too when he went 5 innings and gave up 4 runs. But the Brewers have won the last three straight games that Wolf started. In his career against the Mets, he’s 12-5 with a 3.27 ERA.
Chris Capuano was victorious in his return to Milwaukee tonight. He did a great job again and, this time, got just enough run support to get a win. He went 6 innings allowing only a Prince Fielder solo shot to center field. The bullpen cleaned up with three perfect innings. Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen, and K-Rod didn’t allow a batter to reach base after taking over for Capuano. It was exactly how the Mets would have drawn it up.
The Mets didn’t do a lot on offense. They only had 5 hits and 5 walks in the game. But Jose Reyes came through with a 2-run triple in the seventh inning. He may have scored on an infield play but got thrown out at the plate and didn’t slide.
It’s a good start to the three game series in Milwaukee against a hot Brewers team.
New York Mets (28-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (34-26) 8:10pm
Chris Capuano (3-6 5.19) vs. Shaun Marcum (6-2 2.78)
TV: ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Brewers are coming off a 4-game sweep of the Marlins in Florida. They’re playing really well this year and are only 1.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. And Marcum is pitching really well too. He’s 6-1 in his last seven decisions. His last start was a no-decision loss in Cincinnati when he went 7 IP and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits.
Capuano returns to Milwaukee where he spent the last five years pitching for the Brewers. He has lost his last two decisions and has pitched better than his record. The bullpen hasn’t helped him and when he has pitched well, he hasn’t gotten run support. His record and ERA are atrocious but he hasn’t gotten a lot of help.
With the Mets mathematically eliminated, tickets for the last home stand of the year are ridiculously cheap.
Tickets for Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers can be had for as little as $1 on StubHub. Of course food, beer and parking will set you back another $40 and that’s only if you go by yourself.
What I really wanted to do next week was attend the “Bark in the Park 2010” event where you can bring your dog to the park. This is a great idea but, unfortunately, the only place you and your dog will be allowed to sit down and watch the game will be from the Pepsi Porch.
Tickets cost $32 for humans. A dog’s ticket costs $10 on top of that! I understand that the entire dog ticket and a portion of the human ticket gets donated to the North Shore Animal League but there is no way I’m spending $42 on a tickets when I can get an even better seat on field level for $1 if I leave the dog at home. I say field level because you are allowed to sit at field level on games with low attendance and these games will qualify as low attended games.
Unfortunately I won’t be taking my dog to the park that day because in this economy, I’m not spending $80 at the park when I can spend $40. Perhaps the Mets should donate a portion of all ticket sales to charity but forcing dog owners to fork over double the money for a meaningless game against the Brewers is just bad business.
“Bark in the Park 2010” should have been a promotion to get people out to the park, not as a tool to force people to upgrade to the Pepsi Porch. But that’s just me…