The Mets bullpen have struggled beyond belief as of late. The reason for this is simple, its a group of pretty much nobodies. Don’t get me wrong, various members have been great such as Byrdak, Rauch, Parnell, and even Francisco at points. However, we have had Acosta, Ramirez, Schwinden, and Egbert. Schwinden and Egbert? Does anyone besides Mets fans recognize those two besides their families? Anyways, here is the solution, Acosta is already gone, and now Schwinden and Egbert also need to be gone. Their replacements, Elvin Ramirez and Jenrry Mejia.
Tim Byrdak has been overworked this year, by a lot. Ramirez was supposed to suffice for that, however he has seen lefties hit .333 against him so far this year. The solution lies in the 2010 stats of Jenrry Mejia. In 2010, Jenrry Mejia held lefties to a .203 batting average and righties to a .340. This could take the load off some lefties and act like a second lefty out of the pen. Furthermore, Elvin Ramirez is ready. He has dominated AAA so far this year and I am excited to see him in the bigs next year. These two moves could easily fix our bullpen.
Scott Hairston hit a pinch hit solo homer in the 9th to give the Mets the lead.
Carlos Beltran had 3 hits and an RBI tonight.
R.A. Dickey went 7 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, and 4 strikeouts.
First of all, what MLB Network did with the Mets and giants was great. They had the legendary broadcaster Al Michaels call a baseball game for the first time in 16 years. What was great about what they did was they had Al and Bob Costas go to the SNY booth and the Giants TV booth and call 2 innings each there so everyone can hear him call a game. I loved everything that happened today.
After Bochey duked out Terry and took out Javi Lopez after warming up for the 9th so Hairston would pinch hit and sent in Wilson, Hairston hit a huge go-ahead solo homer. Makes Terry Collins look even smarter.
Dickey was great. You could tell that his pulled muscle was bothering him the entire game. He worked through it, however, and kept his control in tact.
Jason Bay tweaked with his batting stance with Hojo before tonight’s game and obviously it worked out. When Bay was at bat he started off with his bat on his shoulder, sort of like Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers. After the pitch is thrown he lifted his bat up before swinging. His stance looked a little bit closed and he looked comfortable. I love the idea of keeping the bat on the shoulder before the swing because it helps keep the hitter back, and not ahead of the ball. Does this mark a turn around for Jason? I—and every other Mets fan—hope so.
(I’m trying to find a picture of the revised stance from tonight. Will add to this post if I track one down.)