April 16.10: Chat Room, Game #10 at Cardinals: Low expectations.

The Mets are in St. Louis tonight, a town that rarely treats them kindly. They’ll play the sizzling Cardinals, who have the game’s best hitter in Albert Pujols. They’ll face them with Oliver Perez, which begs the question what’s the over-under on homers allowed?

I’m guessing three.

Perez never inspires confidence, so you have to wonder whose basket is Omar Minaya putting his eggs in this weekend. Perez? Johan Santana? John Maine?

Geez … who do you think he had in mind when he told SI.com of his expectations for the weekend?

“St. Louis is always tough,” Minaya said. “If we can win two out of three, that will be outstanding. If we win one, I’ll take it. We’ve got Jose back, and once we get Murphy and Beltran back, we can compete with everyone else.”

Here’s tonight’s starting line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Jacobs, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Rod Barajas, C
Gary Matthews, CF
OIiver Perez, LP

29 thoughts on “April 16.10: Chat Room, Game #10 at Cardinals: Low expectations.

  1. A little bookkeeping first. It has come to my attention that some people are having trouble logging into the blog. If this is true, email me at jdelcos@yahoo.com. Tell be the problem and the error message and we’ll get it corrected.-JD

  2. I’ll take the over.

    I can’t often follow the games from start to finish, but have been lurking here to read the posts and comments. Nice job with the site, JD. The season is not looking very good for us, but hope springs eternal.

  3. Omaha (2): Nice to hear from you. You’re always welcome. Nope, things are off to a rocky start, but there’s time to turn it around if they get the pitching.-JD

  4. Imagine my surprise in seeing Philip Humber on the roster of the Omaha Royals. Brian Bannister has been here, too.

    Yikes: Jacobs, K with 2 LOB.

    Yikes: Ollie, leadoff double to Lopez.

  5. SECOND INNING; I like Francoeur’s approach at the plate this year. He’s already had roughly one third of the walks (7 this year and 23 last season) he had in 2009.-JD

  6. FOURTH INNING: Perez has definitely been the Good Ollie so far tonight. He’s working quickly, spotting his pitches and keeping the opposition off balance.-JD

  7. (13) He’s pitching more like Glavine than the old Ollie. Never thought I’d say this, but losing those 3-4 mph off his fastball might actually become the impetus for his transition from a thrower to a pitcher.

  8. Tiffany (14): Very good point. Tonight he’s spotted his pitches well. He hasn’t relied on blowing people away. He has been in command all night. We shall see if it continues.-JD

  9. A QUICK WRAP

    FINAL: St. Louis 4, Mets 3.
    RECORD: 3-7.
    THUMBNAIL ANALYSIS: Oliver Perez was brilliant through six innings, but the bullpen failed. Fernando Nieve relieved Perez with one out and one on in the seventh and hit a batter and walked Matt Holliday after being ahead 0-and-2 in the count. Enter Raul Valdes who gave up a grand slam to Felipe Lopez.
    ON THE MOUND: Perez threw 19 first-pitch strikes to the first 25 batters he faced. … In 6 1/3 innings, Perez gave up one run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. … Nieve didn’t have it again, and neither did Valdes.
    AT THE PLATE: Jose Reyes was still in the leadoff slot. … Jeff Francoeur turned a baserunning gaffe into a run in the second. … Gary Matthews is 0-for-11 with RISP. … Mets hitters struck out 12 times.
    IN THE FIELD: Two great diving stops by David Wright. … Francoeur robbed Yadier Molina of extra bases in the fourth.
    LOOKING AHEAD: Johan Santana starts tomorrow and John Maine Sunday. … Wright’s next double will be the 225th of his career which would tie him with Ed Kranepool on the all-time Mets lead.-JD

  10. oh well they tried..

    john

    your thumbnail is getting longer and longer..

    pretty soon it will be a real article.

  11. You forgot to mention Mejia, who looked completely overmatched against big-league hitters tonight. Definitely not ready for prime time.

  12. I didn’t watch Thursday and they won, so I figured it was me jinxing them and didn’t watch Friday.

    Apparently it wasn’t me.

  13. Get a good start out of Coin Flip and the bullpen blows it for him. You were expecting something else? Team RISP a 1 for 10. Does that improve our average?

    Minaya talking about how he’ll take winning one of three in St Louis? How often does Brian Cashman talk about losing two out of three in Detroit?

  14. In two days, a mere dot in baseball time, Dan Warthen has gone from a total idiot to a genius, the smartest pitching coach in history. And a special tip of the hat to Luis Castillo. I’ve watched a lot of games at every level, and never before Thursday, did I see a guy try to steal second with another guy firmly planted there already. Thanks Luis, you make baseball worth watching.
    And one more time the awesome Met bullpen demonstrates that they are the best in pitching when well behind and the worst at pitching with the game on the line.