A strange thing happened on Tuesday night in Los Angeles — the power-challenged Mets won a game with the long ball!
It was a scoreless game against the Dodgers into the fifth when Carlos Beltran slammed a two-run homer to give the Mets the lead. Then in the next inning, Jason Bay, of all people, hit a solo shot to extend the lead. But Bay wasn’t done. In the eighth inning Bay smashed a three-run shot to the opposite field for a 6-0 lead (below). Maybe Bay has found his power stroke once again. That would be nice. The Mets aren’t paying $16 million for singles.
Mike Pelfrey pitched well, throwing six scoreless innings. Pelfrey showed some toughness in the fifth when he worked himself into, and then out of, a two-out, bases loaded jam. Pelfrey often folds under pressure — he didn’t this time.
The Mets bullpen was able to preserve the shutout — Mets win 6-0.
Who needs that Jose Reyes guy? The Mets are 3-0 (including Sunday’s game) since he strained his hamstring. I say trade the bum!
Speaking of trades, the Daily News reports Sandy Alderson is actively shopping Francisco Rodriguez, Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak. Good move. None of them is in the Mets plan for 2012, and except for K-Rod, the Mets can easily replace them with guys in the minors. If the Mets can get a few young players for these veterans in addition to saving a bunch of money, so much the better.