Instead of crashing into the wall in Chavez Ravine, Jason Bay was blasting baseballs over it. A much better option for him and the Mets I might add.
Combined with a shaky but effective start by Mike Pelfrey, the Mets uncharacteristically flexed their muscles scoring all six of their runs on the long ball. My All-Star and your All-Star, Carlos Beltran got the night going in the fifth with a two run blast to left center.
Jason Bay took over from there. He began his power display in the sixth inning with a 420 foot shot to left center. Jason then put the game out of reach in the eighth inning, providing a three run knock to right field.
A Midwestropolitan Reaction
Obviously, the Mets are a very different team when Jason Bay hits. He has been showing signs as of late and I can only hope that his performance in this game means he is embarking on a hot streak.
His second home run impressed me more than his first even though it was almost 40 feet shorter. The fact that he took an outside off speed pitch to right field for power is a great improvement from waving and missing or rolling over weakly to the left side.
Mike Pelfrey was able to avoid trouble all game long. Not exactly how I would prefer it, but I’ll take it any day. Maybe this kind of start will give him some confidence because he proved to himself he can pitch out of multiple jams.
As much as I like Jason Isringhausen, he is scaring me. I can’t remember the last time he appeared in a game and came up with an easy inning.
On to game three which gives us the match up of Jon Niese versus Hiroki Kuroda, a pitcher that possesses the rare combination of a 6-9 record with a 2.90 ERA.