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Post game: Mets (22-19) 5, Red Sox (25-17) 3

the-green-monster--fenway-park.jpg The 490th consecutive sellout crowd at Fenway Park witnessed the visiting Mets defeat the Red Sox by a score of 5-3.  The victory snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Mets.

Tonight Johan Santana responded to adversity by striking people out.  In the first inning, with 2 runnersLET-K.jpg on and none out, Santana proceeded to strike out David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis before inducing a Jason Bay grounder to end the inning.  In the second inning, after a Jason Varitek solo home run, Santana struck out Julio Lugo to end that inning.  After a one out double by Dustin Pedroia in the third inning, Santana ‘struck’ again, getting David Ortiz looking before Kevin Youkilis swung and missed to end the frame.  After hitting Youkilis with a pitch with two outs in the fifth, Santana struck out Jason Bay to end that inning.  Trouble?  Meet strike out.

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Daniel Murphy checked the lineup card and found that he was leading off for the first time in his major league career.  He responded by striking out swinging at a pitch which, had he not swung and instead stood on the plate, would have hit him in the ear.  He did later successfully execute a sacrifice bunt so the night was not a total loss.

The Mets made 3 errors in the game, 2 by new fan favorite SS Ramon Martinez, and 1 by 3B David Wright.E.jpg As a team the Mets have made 35 errors this season, with an astounding 11 of those committed in games started by Johan Santana.  Martinez now has 4 errors in 4 games played for the Mets this season.

gary_sheffield_autograph.jpgGary Sheffield homered in the second inning.  It was his 3rd of the season, and the 502nd of his career.  Later in the game Jason Varitek also homered, his 8th of the season and the 169th of his career.  Good luck catching him Jason.

David Wright’s RBI single in the 4th inning gave him a 13 game hitting streak.  I think he looks better in a baseball cap, but that’s just me.david-wright.jpg

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Johan Santana hit Kevin Youkilis on the elbow in the 5th inning.  Words were exchanged between them, but cooler heads prevailed and the dugouts never emptied.  Perhaps Johan will send Youkilis a bottle of Watkins liniment, the official liniment of Johan Santana.

I just wanted to throw this picture in.  Tomorrow night at 7:10 pm on SNY, the series continues with Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.61) versus Joshpryor_l.jpg Beckett (4-2, 5.85).  Tonight’s box score courtesy Yahoo.com.

NY Mets
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
D. Murphy 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .256
R. Church rf 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .272
A. Pagan rf 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 .400
C. Beltran dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .367
G. Sheffield lf 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 .257
D. Wright 3b 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .362
J. Reed cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .324
O. Santos c 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 .254
R. Martinez ss 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .062
L. Castillo 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .278
Totals 32 5 8 5 3 7 11
Batting
2B – C Beltran (14, D Matsuzaka).
HR – G Sheffield (3, 2nd inning off D Matsuzaka 0 on, 0 Out).
S – A Pagan , D Murphy.
RBI – G Sheffield (9), D Wright (29), O Santos (13), R Martinez (2), A Pagan (1).
2-out RBI – O Santos, R Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – G Sheffield 1, L Castillo 1.
GIDP – A Pagan.
Team LOB – 5.
Base Running
SB – A Pagan (2, 2nd base off J Masterson/J Varitek).
CS – J Reed (1, 2nd base by J Masterson/J Varitek).
Fielding
E – D Wright (7, ground ball); R Martinez 2 (4, ground ball, throw).
DP – 1 (L Castillo-R Martinez-D Murphy).
Boston
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
J. Ellsbury cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .299
D. Pedroia 2b 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .323
D. Ortiz dh 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .205
K. Youkilis 1b 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 .390
J. Bay lf 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .295
J.D. Drew rf 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .258
M. Lowell 3b 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .288
J. Varitek c 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .237
J. Lugo ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .274
Totals 35 3 6 2 1 9 18
Batting
2B – D Pedroia (14, J Santana); M Lowell (14, J Santana).
HR – J Varitek (8, 2nd inning off J Santana 0 on, 2 Out).
RBI – J Varitek 2 (20).
2-out RBI – J Varitek.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – K Youkilis 1, J Bay 1, J Ellsbury 3.
GIDP – D Ortiz.
Team LOB – 7.
Fielding
E – D Pedroia (2, ground ball).
DP – 1 (D Matsuzaka-K Youkilis-M Lowell).
NY Mets
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
J. Santana (W, 6-2) 7.0 6 3 2 1 8 1 1.50
B. Parnell (H, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.86
F. Rodriguez (S, 12) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.87
Boston
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
D. Matsuzaka (L, 0-2) 5.0 5 4 4 2 4 1 10.32
J. Masterson 3.0 3 1 1 1 3 0 4.47
D. Bard 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.80
HBP – K Youkilis (by J Santana).
Pitches-strikes – J Santana 118-79; R Parnell 11-7; F Rodriguez 12-7; D Matsuzaka 80-50; J Masterson 42-28; D Bard 11-6.
Ground balls-fly balls – J Santana 8-6; R Parnell 1-1; F Rodriguez 0-3; D Matsuzaka 6-5; J Masterson 3-2; D Bard 1-2.
Batters faced – J Santana 31; R Parnell 3; F Rodriguez 3; D Matsuzaka 22; J Masterson 12; D Bard 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Paul Nauert. 1B–Joe West. 2B–Ed Rapuano. 3B–Chad Fairchild.
Time: 2:50.
Attendance: 38,092.
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, left to right.

Buffalo bats by the numbers

In the context of facilitating any discussion about near-future minor league hitter call ups, courtesy Baseball-reference.com here are the Buffalo Bisons’ batting statistics after 37 games (13-24).

Rk Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1 Fernando Martinez 20 37 156 143 20 41 13 2 7 23 2 0 11 28 .287 .340 .552 .892 79 2 1 0 1 0
2 Jesus Feliciano 30 32 125 116 7 32 6 0 1 9 5 1 5 11 .276 .306 .353 .660 41 1 1 1 2 0
3 Cory Sullivan 29 35 119 104 11 21 4 0 2 8 1 1 12 17 .202 .280 .298 .578 31 4 0 1 2 0
4 Argenis Reyes 26 30 111 92 12 25 4 1 1 4 5 0 17 15 .272 .385 .370 .755 34 2 0 2 0 3
5 Jose Coronado 23 29 100 85 4 12 2 0 0 3 2 0 11 22 .141 .240 .165 .404 14 3 0 4 0 1
6 Nick Evans 23 22 87 75 5 7 1 0 3 7 0 0 12 27 .093 .218 .227 .445 17 4 0 0 0 0
7 Mike Lamb 33 21 81 76 6 12 6 0 0 8 0 0 4 5 .158 .200 .237 .437 18 3 0 1 0 0
8 Robinson Cancel 33 22 79 73 7 16 3 0 0 2 4 0 4 7 .219 .269 .260 .530 19 3 1 1 0 0
9 Jonathan Malo 25 17 74 69 4 12 3 1 0 2 1 0 5 15 .174 .230 .246 .476 17 1 0 0 0 0
10 Michel Abreu 30 23 74 70 5 15 4 0 2 10 0 0 4 16 .214 .257 .357 .614 25 2 0 0 0 0
11 Wily Mo Pena 27 17 56 52 3 12 2 0 1 8 0 0 3 12 .231 .268 .327 .595 17 1 0 0 1 0
12 Jason Cooper 28 16 43 38 3 8 3 0 0 2 1 0 3 10 .211 .302 .289 .592 11 0 2 0 0 0
13 Rene Rivera 25 9 36 32 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 10 .156 .200 .219 .419 7 1 0 1 1 0
14 Ramon Martinez 36 9 35 31 5 9 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 5 .290 .371 .323 .694 10 0 0 0 0 0
15 Bobby Kielty 32 8 33 26 3 6 0 0 1 3 1 2 7 7 .231 .394 .346 .740 9 0 0 0 0 0
16 Andy Green 31 8 27 22 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 4 .182 .296 .227 .524 5 0 0 0 1 0
17 Javier Valentin 33 6 22 19 2 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 3 2 .316 .409 .474 .883 9 1 0 0 0 1
18 Omir Santos 28 3 15 13 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .231 .333 .231 .564 3 0 1 0 0 0
19 Angel Pagan 27 3 14 14 2 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 .286 .286 .571 .857 8 1 0 0 0 0
20 Mike Nickeas 26 2 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .143 .000 .143 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Rob Mackowiak 33 2 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 Brandon Knight 33 4 7 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500 .750 2 0 0 3 0 0
23 Dillon Gee 23 4 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 0 0 0 0 0
24 Rafael Arroyo 26 2 7 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 .000 .286 .000 .286 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Jon Niese 22 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Frank Diaz 25 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Kyle Snyder 31 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Tim Redding 31 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Casey Fossum 31 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Michael Antonini 23 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Tim McNab 29 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 Freddy Garcia 34 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Nelson Figueroa 35 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Players 27.4 37 1341 1193 105 252 56 6 19 99 24 5 116 242 .211 .282 .316 .598 377 29 6 17 9 5

Daaaaaaaaarryl! Daaaaaaaaarryl!

According to bisons.com Darryl Strawberry will be appearing at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY Saturday, May 23 in conjunction with Darryl Strawberry bobble-head day.  The first 4,000 fans in attendance will receive Darryl bobble-heads, and Strawberry will be conducting an autograph session on the concourse during the game.  Gates open at 12:00 noon, first pitch at 1:05pm.  It is also High School Saturday, and high school students with valid ID can purchase 2 tickets to the game for $12.00.  The Buffalo Bisons are the AAA affiliate of the Mets.

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Who's Next?

WhosNext-778537.jpg Thursday, May 21, 2009 is a travel day for the Mets as they return from the west coast swing of their current road trip.  Games resume with the opening salvo of inter-league play Friday night at 7:10pm when the Mets visit Fenway Park to begin a 3 game series with the Boston Red Sox.

The pitching match up Friday features Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36)alg_santana-1.jpg

versus Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.76).daisuke_matsuzaka.jpg

Santana is coming off his worst start of this season in which he allowed 4 earned runs, the most earned runs he has allowed since 7/17/08 at Cincinnati.  He will have had 5 days rest prior to the start.  This season with 5 days rest Santana is 2-1, 0.45 in 3 starts with a WHIP of 0.80 and a K/BB ratio of 15/1.  His career record at Fenway Park is 1-3, 6.89 in 15 2/3 innings spread among 3 starts and one relief appearance.  His most recent appearance at Fenway was 9/21/06, a 6-0 loss by the Twins in which Santana started, allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings.

Matsuzaka has not pitched since 4/14/09 at Oakland, a no-decision in which he allowed 5 earned runs in 1 inning before being removed with a right shoulder strain which landed him on the DL the next day.  Matsuzaka has never faced the Mets in a regular season game.

Kevin Youkilis returned from the DL Wednesday, and as the Mets arrive the Red Sox finally find themselves able to field the lineup they anticipated using the majority of this season, withKevin Youkilis 3.jpg

  • CF Ellsbury
  • 2B Pedroia
  • DH Ortiz
  • 1B Youkilis
  • RF Drew
  • LF Bay
  • 3B Lowell
  • C Varitek
  • SS Lugo

which as of Tuesday is a lineup they have only used 3 times so far this season.