May 17.10: Chat Room, Game #39 at Braves: Pelfrey tries to stop slide.

COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Omar Minaya met with manager Jerry Manuel prior to tonight’s game at Atlanta.

“I didn’t come here to fire anybody,” Wilpon said. “If I was going to make a change that quick I would have done something last year.”

According to all parties, the meeting was about how to improve what’s there with the present pieces. However, the whispers of Manuel’s job security will continue until the Mets give them reason to stop, and their play on the road isn’t it, where they are 1-8 in May and 4-12 overall, the latter a NL worst.

The Mets are coming off being swept out of Florida in four games by the Marlins. They’ve also lost five straight and 11 out of 15 games to go from first to worst in the NL East.

“We’ve got to get some things straightened out,” said Manuel, the master of the obvious. “We have to make decisions and find the pieces that can get it done.”

One aspect of the team not getting it done has been the starting pitching, which has gone 15 straight games without a win. Mike Pelfrey, despite his hot start, is now part of the slide. Pelfrey won his first four starts while posting a 0.72 ERA, but has gone 0-1 with a 6.88 ERA in his last three starts.

Pelfrey is coming off a 119-pitch no-decision against Washington in which he went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and seven hits.

With Oliver Perez not getting out of the fourth Friday night – and subsequently dropped from the rotation – and Jon Niese leaving in the third inning yesterday with a right hamstring injury, the Mets bullpen has been severely taxed.

The Mets are expected to dip into the minor leagues for a starter Wednesday in Washington and go with Hisanori Takahashi Friday night against the Yankees at Citi Field.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Chris Carter, RF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Rod Barajas, C
Gary Matthews, CF
Mike Pelfrey, RP

NOTEBOOK: Reliever Ryota Igarashi (left hamstring strain) continues his rehab assignment tonight at Class A St. Lucie. Barring a setback, he will pitch back-to-back games for Class AAA Buffalo Thursday and Friday and then be activated. …. Reliever Kiko Calero, who at one time looked like he’d make the major league roster coming out of spring training, was released by Buffalo.

64 thoughts on “May 17.10: Chat Room, Game #39 at Braves: Pelfrey tries to stop slide.

  1. atlanta is not such a good place for the mets to turn things around. Need a big start from pelfry.

  2. didnt wilpon say the same thing just before he axed willie. i missed 1st inning. had to make dinner for family. i am finished. off to watch the game
    lets go mets go!
    Come on Wilpon bring keith down from the booth and show manuel the showers!
    *L*

  3. SteveC (7): I know you’re not a Manuel fan, but the team hasn’t quit on him. It’s just that they aren’t that good. I don’t know how much it really falls on the manager.-JD

  4. ok/ whew pelf didnt get hurt.
    and they didnt DL Niese. I hate the mets doctors.

  5. i know the players are giving their all. but they dont have good direction. from the games and things i have been seeing .. who knows what goes on in the back rooms.

  6. SteveC (10): You have to think they’ll DL Niese to make room for RA Dickey. … I just wonder if they’ll have second thoughts on Perez because Wednesday is his turn. You never know.-JD

  7. i can see their wheels spinning. good ollie. bad ollie. good ollie bad ollie.
    its like 2 face from baman. you have to flip the coin and see what happens.

  8. ridiculous.. i can understand if it was close. but Mathews was on and past the base by the time the ball was caught.

  9. 25. not at all. There are certain players you hit. for effect. like cjipper.
    ;-)
    Hit the rookie we hit the big guy.

  10. its the game JD. you cant let that happen. but ok. i will give you that . if lowe hits another met be assured Pelf will bean someone.

  11. (29) Where were you, Delcos, the day Jerry Koosman plunked Rick Reuschel on his sizable ass? Reuschel had hit Steve Henderson, who still a young phenom at the time, and, despite there being warnings issued, Koosman wasted no time in retaliating against Reuschel. I believe Koosman’s quote was something along the lines of, “Who cares about one game when we’re talking about sticking up for our young hitters?”

  12. 1 run ball game, with this team. worries me. Pelf is really hanging in there..

  13. 7 innings out of pelfrey so far. dont anyone say it .. you’ll jynx it,. just think about it!

  14. WHY!WHY! let the man finish the inning!
    I hate the pitch count and I despise manuel.

  15. Thank you. All i saw was another blown win for a starter. See Pelf’s reaction..
    that was way too close.. Manuel still should have left Pelf in..

  16. This is what I mean about Manuel. The starter is keeping the game going. Keeping the runs low. leave him in.. No. Rather just abuse the bullpen. every night..

  17. I still would have left Pelf in, but we won and in the end thats all that counts.
    Have a great night JD. et al.

  18. i see the team won on pitching.

    we had a pitcher who actually went into the 8th.

    good to see the team win a game.

  19. A QUICK WRAP/Game #39

    FINAL: Mets 3, Braves 2.
    RECORD: 19-20.
    THUMBNAIL ANALYSIS: Mike Pelfrey pitched a gem to snap the Mets’ five-game losing streak and give them their first victory in 16 games by a starter.
    ON THE MOUND: Pelfrey gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. … Pedro Feliciano got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for the save.
    AT THE PLATE: Rod Barajas drove in two in the second with a double. … Chris Carter doubled and scored, walked and drove in a run with a groundout.
    IN THE FIELD: Carter started a second straight game in right, but Jeff Francoeur is expected to return to lineup tomorrow.
    LOOKING AHEAD: Johan Santana starts tomorrow at Atlanta.-JD