Saturday, June 18, 2011
Mets 6, Angels 1: Three Up, Three Down
By Mark Saxon
Dan Haren pitched his worst game of the year and Mets starter Mike Pelfrey completely dismantled the Angels offense for nine innings in a 6-1 loss at Citi Field Saturday night.
Relief. Three Angels relievers didn't let it get any worse, which is about all you can do in a game like this. Hisanori Takahashi, Bobby Cassevah and Trevor Bell, the three lowest-ranking relievers, provided good mop-up work.
Power. It comes sporadically for this team, but any hint of power leads to a glimmer of hope. Mark Trumbo entered the game in the fifth inning and mashed a home run. Torii Hunter hit a double. That was about it.
Possibility. The Angels are still in the first half of their longest road trip of the year. If they can win Sunday, they'll be 4-2, not a bad way to start a long, but not particularly challenging trip.
Length. Haren has gobbled up innings like no other pitcher in the game for the last five or six years. Even when he's off, he normally gives a team at least six innings. In part because his spot in the batting order came up, Haren only pitched four innings. That means the Angels had to extend the bullpen a bit, which doesn't normally bode well for them.
Holding runners. The Mets gave the Angels a dose of National League style and Haren and the catchers didn't respond well. They stole four bases, helping fuel a bad night for Haren and the Angels' defense.
Aybar's slump. What has happened to Erick Aybar at the plate? He went from smacking hits all over the field to nightly 0-fers. He has two hits in his last 20 at-bats and not a whole lot better numbers this whole month.