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Aftermath: Mets vs Brewers (05/11/2007 - 05/13/2007)

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Game 1: Mets 5, Brewers 4


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Jorge Sosa's pitching line:

 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   PC-ST   GS
6.2   4   2   2   3   4   2  100-65   59
What more can you ask out of Jorge Sosa? He wasn't flashy, but if he can go out there and keep the opposition to just a couple of runs over six-plus innings, the Mets are going to win an awful lot of ballgames. Sosa threw 65% of his pitches for strikes, though he induced just three groundball outs to twelve of the flyball variety, and another two flyballs were hit where nobody could catch them. He walked three batters, and was fortunate that they came at opportune times rather then preceding either of the Brewer longballs. Sosa turned the ball over to the bullpen with two outs in the seventh, but Aaron Heilman did his best to give the game away in the eighth by surrendering a two-run homerun to J.J. Hardy. Heilman managed to hold things together, and Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in nine chances.

Be sure to check out the full recap with boxscore and Haiku at MetsGeek.

Mr. Met:

  • Hitting: Carlos Delgado, 8.4% WPA
  • Pitching: Jorge Sosa, 19.9% WPA
Mr. Regret:
  • Hitting: Moises Alou, -2.6% WPA
  • Pitching: Aaron Heilman, -6.2% WPA

Game 2: Brewers 12, Mets 3


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Mike Pelfrey's pitching line:

 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   PC-ST   GS
5.0   8   4   4   3   3   0   87-52   35
I don't even really want to talk about this game. The early part of the game was a proverbial comedy of errors for the Mets, featuring two Brewer runs on an infield fly and David Wright getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. The latter part of the game was a clinic in bullpen ineptitude, as Pedro Feliciano, Joe Smith and Scott Schoeneweis collectively coughed up six hits and eight runs in two innings, turning a mysteriously close game into a laugher. I suppose we should consider ourselves fortunate that they all decided to pitch poorly in a single game rather than space them out over the course of the week. It's hard to get down on them, or the Mets bullpen in general, which has been pretty spectacular over the first five weeks of the season.

Too, you have to tip your cap to the Brewers bullpen, who succeeded where their Met counterparts failed majestically. The Milwaukee relief corps fired three scoreless innings, allowing their team's offense time to put the game out of reach.

Mike Pelfrey mostly stunk, again, and was sent to the minors following the game to make room for hotshot outfield prospect Carlos Gomez, who will help to fill in for Moises Alou. Alou is suffering from the usual aches and pains associted with the aging process, and though Willie Randolph says that his leftfielder will only need a few days to recover, the reality is that Alou may be heading for the disabled list. Gomez could see considerable action in Alou's absense, as Randolph will be reluctant to use both Shawn Green and Endy Chavez against southpaws.

Be sure to check out the full recap with boxscore and Haiku at MetsGeek.

Mr. Met:

  • Hitting: David Newhan, 18.3% WPA
  • Pitching: Pedro Feliciano, 6.7% WPA
Mr. Regret:
  • Hitting: Carlos Delgado, -10.6% WPA
  • Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, -16.7% WPA
Game 3: Mets 9, Brewers 1


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Oliver Perez's pitching line:

 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   PC-ST   GS
8.1   2   1   1   2   6   1  109-70   83
Through seven starts this season, Perez has had two miserable ones (game scores of 39 and 33), and five good-to-great ones (69, 57, 54, 62 and now 83). He now has 43 strikeouts on the season to just 15 walks, and even though his groundball rate is well below 1.00, he has allowed *only* five homeruns in his seven starts, which extrapolates to a reasonable 20-25 for the season. The two hits were an anomaly; with an average outfield defense he would have allowed another two-or-three at least. Though, it serves to illustrate just how much luck is often involved in throwing a no-hitter. Perez pitched a fine game; not an outstanding game, but a fine one, and were it not for Chris Capuano's bloop single in the third Perez would have carried a no-no into the ninth.

Offensively, Damion Easley was the star of the show. Again. The dude has fifty at-bats and more homeruns than anyone on the team not named Carlos Beltran. He beat the Brewers 4-1 on his own. Carlos Gomez made his big league debut and went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored, plus a highlight-reel play in right field, possibly necessitated by his own mis-judging of the flyball. It appeared to me as if he broke backwards -- or at the least, froze -- before darting in to snag the sinking liner on a full dive. Whatever, it was a very nice play to be sure.

Jose Reyes drew his team-high 20th walk of the season, stole another base (his 21st), and scored two runs. David Wright picked up a couple of base knocks, a walk, and swiped three bases. Julio Franco took up space, struck out three times and went 0-for-4. And that's it. The Brewers came to town with the best record in baseball and something to prove. They lost two-of-three, but they definitely have a lot of great young ballplayers and a solid rotation. The Mets didn't see either of their top relief duo -- Francisco Cordero and Derrick Turnbow -- but those two stack up pretty well with many of the elite 8th-9th inning guys in the league. Some guys are playing over their heads (Hardy, Jenkins), some under (Weeks) and others are just taking up space (Counsell, Dessens). Given a relatively weak Central division, the Brewers definitely have enough talent to make the playoffs for the first time since god knows when.

Be sure to check out the full recap with boxscore and Haiku at MetsGeek.

Mr. Met:

  • Hitting: Damion easley, 18.6% WPA
  • Pitching: Oliver Perez, 29.2% WPA
Mr. Regret:
  • Hitting: Julio Franco, -5.6% WPA
  • Pitching: none