When things are as bad as they have been with the Mets, one might as well look back at a good time. Last night’s loss was typical of how this season has gone, from poor managing to inept playing.
However, on this date in 1986, the Mets clinched the NL East with a 4-2 win over Chicago at Shea Stadium on a Dwight Gooden 6-hitter. The Mets went on to win 108 games that season, the most in the league since the 1975 Reds.
The Mets survived the NLCS with a dramatic Game Six victory over Houston, and used Game Six in the World Series to stay alive – “and the ball gets by Buckner” – to beat Boston.
Two years earlier on this date, Gooden struck out 16 batters for the second straight start, but balked home the winning run in the 8th inning in a 2-1 loss to the Phillies. It marked the fifth straight start in which Gooden struck out at least 10.
I saw Gooden pitch several times and there was such an electricity at Shea whenever he took the ball. Every start you wondered if this would be the one where he’d throw a no-hitter. He never did for the Mets, but did for the Yankees.
If you have a favorite Gooden moment, or memory of the 1986 team, let’s hear them.
Here’s tonight’s line-up against Cincinnati:
Angel Pagan, CF
Alex Cora, SS
Daniel Murphy, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Jeremy Reed, LF
Argenis Reyes, 2B
Brian Schneider, C
Fernando Nieve, RP
NOTE: Nick Evans was optioned to Class AAA Buffalo to make room for Pagan.
It turned out tails. After a miserable spring training which ended with Oliver Perez giving up six runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday against Boston, Coin Flip gave up eight runs today.
He walked five, three of which came around to score.
I had guessed a good start by Perez based on his 9-4 lifetime record against the Reds, and he was great through the first two innings. But, they play nine.
Perez couldn’t live with prosperity today. The Mets gave him three and he gave up four in the bottom of the inning. The Mets tied it for him and he gave up four more.
Served me right in thinking he’d have a good start. I’ve watched him since 2006 and I really don’t have any idea of what I’ll see from him from one start to the next.
I know the Mets won’t do it, but Perez should be sent out for work. His fastball isn’t there and neither is his command. It wouldn’t hurt him to stay behind in Florida and work on his arm strength.
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
Mike Pelfrey isn’t concerned about Mike Pelfrey, which is the most important thing. Early in their careers, when some pitchers reach a high in innings pitched, they hit a wall. Sometimes, it’s injury related. Other times performance driven.
Pelfrey doesn’t want to hear about injuries, especially the little, nagging kind. In that regard, I’ll take him at his word and expect him to pitch well tonight at Cincinnati.
Pelfrey is the Mets’ No. 2 starter, but by default. If John Maine and Oliver Perez were pitching to expectations, Pelfrey would be the No. 4 starter. Because Maine and Perez have issues, I don’t like the idea of throwing them back-to-back because of the potential toll on the bullpen.
I’ll have a Mets Chat Room tonight at 7:00 p.m., for Game #2, Mets at Reds. Hope you’ll join me.