1st Loss Rolls Off Back

We usually win our opening days but it wasn’t meant to be in 2011. Not with John Johnson on the mound. Not with John Buck clubbing a grand slam in his 1st game as an NL’er.

But BMF’s 2011 attitude is: celebrate the wins and don’t sweat the L’s.

Hey, last nite was a “first” opening day for 8 of the 16 Mets who played. It was Pelf’s 1st time as a number 1 and the first big league opener ever for Emaus, Thole, Duda, Beato, Nickeas and Hu.

Good job by Collins to get all these youngsters game action right off the bat. The sooner they pop their cherrys the sooner they relax and contribute.

I think this lineup will put some runs on the board they just feel like they’re gonna scrap out some offense.

Quick Hits:

• Beato looked good with 2 scoreless frames. It doesn’t matter that the first 2 batters ripped into offerings. The kid buckled down and posted 2 shutout frames - that’s a HUGE performance for a rule 5 guy.

• Emaus was looking nice in the field with a couple of pretty plays with the glove. I’m really liking this kid.

• Izzit just me or does Willie Harris look like a mini Delgado in the batters box?

• 40K attendance in FLA tonite will likely be back to normal Marlin levels of about 18K on sat

18 Responses to “1st Loss Rolls Off Back”

  1. Howard Says:

    Yes, it is only one game of 162 but the game validated certain things. First of all, anyone who has watched Pelfrey pitch his entire career knows that it is laughable that he is a #2 in the rotation(assuming Santana as the #1). This guy is always one, two, or three pitches away from a good outing but somehow also throwing those 1,2, or 3 bad pitches. For all the great news of D. Wright concentrating on swinging at good pitches in spring training, I once again saw him swinging at pitches that needed a hop,skip, and a jump to reach home plate.

    Personally, I think the rotation should have been Dickey, Niese, Pelphrey. I have much more faith in Niese today.

    One thing always holds true witih the Mets too.. When Jose does not get on base, the Mets offense really sputters.


  2. cold Says:

    Ok. Reyes wright need to go.I’m tired off watching them both strike out.I think Harris should start in left .and Collins was wrong for pinch hitter for thole in the seventh I was really looking forward ti see what this kid is made off .its gunna be a long season.if Anderson can get some young flamethrowers for reyes will be the key to our future lies in wat we get for the guys we trade(reyes,wright,beltran) prediction reyes ti red sox. Beltran to Texas wright to Toronto

  3. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Been saying it all spring, Big Pelf does not look the same. He has no velocity (84 MPH fastballs) and his other pitches are not good enough to get him by.

    Fell behind to many batters all night! Hard to say how many Met fans were there since we had hardly anything to cheer about.

    We get even tonight!


  4. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Well at least I got to watch with many of the BMF crew and friends, not to mention the waffle fries etc to dull the pain. The gallows humor is still in full effect amongst the faithful, but I’m not making any predictions on one game. I’m hoping for 82-84 wins this season, hoping at least some things will break our way and Sandy Alderson has some tricks up his sleeve.

    LET’S GO METS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. USMF Says:

    Johnson kills the Mets and he was especially nasty last night…

    Pelf Sucks on the road vs all NL East teams…that tight K zone really made it harder on him…sadly, as good as Pelf can be, he’ll probably never be more than a middle of the rotation guy…good, but not an “ace”.

    I really liked how the Mets (tried to) work the count. Reyes obviously was showing extra patience. It really seemed like the kids had a ton of nerves going last night.

  6. ProfessorReyes Says:

    Holy cow are we starting already???

    Forget about turning never wanting the Mets to turn into the EE, forget about that….I’m real worried that our fans are turning into the worst embodiment of melodramatic martyrdom of the last few generations: red sox nation.

    Can we please take it down a notch, and pat Josh Johnson on the back for a great opening day performance? For 6 innings he was hitting his spots and ruining our timing. It happens!
    So okay the cobwebs are shaken off, let’s bring it and win the series.

  7. ProfessorReyes Says:

    p.s. Pat Collins on the back for putting Willie Harris Maris in the 2-hole against Johnson, it worked on its own merits. I look forward to more of this “the best 9 for the game v. the best 9.”

    Also, we all know that the walk in the 1st was a strikeout for Big Pelf, and an extended first inning sucks for a pitcher anytime anywhere. But yes he has to suck it up.

  8. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Agree with everything, Prof. Last night at Blondies some Mets fans were clapping for the Marlins and moaning and groaning with every pitch. I get it, I too have Mets PTSD. But can we at least try to, ya know, ENJOY baseball for a couple weeks without all the constant complaining and snark?

    Definite props to Collins for the Willie Harris move. Nice!

  9. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Great to get back to real baseball again. Josh Johnson is a pretty tough draw to start the season, don’t you think? Pelf didn’t come through, but I disagree with FMFR that he didn’t have any velocity. It wasn’t a great performance, admittedly, but he was throwing his slider and sinker at 91-92 and got his four-seamer up as high as 94 mph several times. More about location than velocity last night; I’m sure we’ll see lots better from him this season. I liked what I saw from Beato after he settled in, good job by Harris breaking up the no-no to start the seventh. Great to see Mookie out there wearing #1.
    Enjoying my “Extra Innings” subscription already– after the Mets game I started going around the dial checking out a few other games. Ended the night listening to Vin Scully calling the Dodgers-Giants game. He gave this interesting piece of trivia that I had never heard before. Check this out: he said that until the end of the 1953 season, ballplayers left their gloves on the field between innings. When the outfielders would leave the field, they would toss their gloves to the back of the warning track and the infielders would toss their gloves into foul territory. He said in all those years he can’t remember ever seeing this influence the outcome of a game or play– never any situation where a ball got lodged in a loose glove or a ballplayer tripped over a glove in the outfield. I didn’t here him say why they discontinued the practice, but it really seems bizarre, doesn’t it? He did say that a lot of guys used to pull pranks with the abandoned gloves, placing snakes in them a couple of times that he could remember. Also, he said that Pee Wee Reese put a dead rat inside his opponent’s abandoned glove one time. Anyway, just thought it was an interesting story. Baseball is back, crazy stories and all. I love it.

  10. ProfessorReyes Says:

    p.s.s. Also forgot to mention, I can’t believe the old softy mallomar BMF didn’t bring up Logan Morrison’s homer….I admit getting misty when he saluted his dad!

    Good times, dude, good times.

  11. JJ Says:

    The Magic Is Back!!!

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