Mets Chat Room: Don’t know what to expect from Takahashi?

After RA Dickey’s strong effort Friday night, the Mets are seeking their first road series win of the season tonight at Baltimore.

Game #62 at Orioles

It would be their first since taking two of three at Florida, Sept. 25-27. They haven’t won two straight on the road since July 25-26, at Houston.

The Mets are a dismal 9-18 away from home.

The Mets have six of their last seven after Dickey’s outing, another in a string of strong pitching performances. In that span the Mets’ ERA is 2.22 ERA and giving up just two homers.

The lone poor start was by tonight’s starter, Hisanori Takahashi, who is 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA in his last two starts. This after going six scoreless innings in each of his first two starts, against Philadelphia and the Yankees.

In his last start, Takahashi gave up five runs in 5 1/3 in a no-decision against Florida.

Not knowing what they’ll get from Takahashi, the Mets are thinking they’ll need to do it with offense, in particular, the surging Jose Reyes and David Wright.

Reyes is hitting .360 with two homers, two triples, 10 RBI and seven stolen bases in his last 18 games. In his past 11 games, Wright is batting .462 with two homers and nine RBI.

Wright has nine RBI in seven games against the Orioles, and will play as the designated hitter tonight.

14 thoughts on “Mets Chat Room: Don’t know what to expect from Takahashi?

  1. SNY just went out and then came back, with the score suddenly tied. Shades of the Heidi game, eh?

  2. BOTTOM FIFTH INNING: Takahashi has settled down somewhat. Only one run through five is good. But, I don’t think it will keep him in the rotation once Maine returns.-JD

  3. BOTTOM OF SIXTH INNING: This is where Takahashi has hit the wall. Mets should have somebody warming and be ready to pull him quickly before the inning gets away.-JD

  4. I think Maine is toast. The Mets are deciding whether Dickey can be a number-five, so that they can move Takahashi back to the bullpen and replace him in the rotation with a hired gun like Millwood, Myers or Westbrook. I don’t think anyone in the organization, outside of Omar (whose reasons can be epitomized by the acronym CYA), is counting on anything from Maine.

  5. Tiffany (11): I don’t think you can make the assumption they’ll add a hired gun, even though they should. I think they’ve already decided on Dickey. When Maine comes back he’ll be in the rotation. -JD

  6. Your Mets are a season-high six games over .500. If the Braves lose tonight, they will pull within a half-game of first place.-JD

  7. A QUICK WRAP/Game #62

    FINAL: Mets 3, Orioles 1.
    RECORD: 34-28.
    THUMBNAIL ANALYSIS: Hisanori Takahashi gave the Mets seven strong to lead them to a season-high six games over .500.
    ON THE MOUND: Takahashi kept the ball down all night and gave up one run in seven innings. … Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez worked the final two innings.
    AT THE PLATE: Jose Reyes and Jeff Francoeur homered. … Jason Bay continued to struggle.
    IN THE FIELD: Ruben Tejada played a solid second base.
    LOOKING AHEAD: Mike Pelfrey starts the series finale tomorrow.-JD