Mets Game 99: Loss To Mariners
Mariners 5 Mets 2
Mets pitchers were much more efficient than Seattle’s (123 pitches to 164), and the Mets offense collected at least one hit in every single inning. However, the final score numbers are the ones that matter most.
Mets Game Notes
Jon Niese did not pitch well, and, his line would’ve looked a lot uglier had it not been for a few excellent defensive plays behind him, combined with some aggressiveness by the Mariners hitters. Niese’s command was far off — to be expected from a pitcher who was out for over two weeks — and his velocity was startlingly low, as he struggled to keep his fastball in the 87-88 MPH range; I think he might’ve touched 89 once or twice. Wait, wasn’t the time off supposed to rejuvenate Niese, and help him to regain his strength — like the DL stint last year did? Huh, strange it didn’t work out that way. Niese looked like he was running on fumes.
Oh, what a can of worms we have there … if it weren’t beyond 1 AM and me working on 5 hours’ sleep, I’d be ripping the Mets a new one on the Niese DL debacle. Perhaps another day …
Just one thing, first: does anyone on the planet agree with me that it is incredibly alarming that Niese, at age 27, should be in the very best condition of his life and experiencing an INCREASE in velocity, rather than a marked decrease? Is no one else concerned by this development? Does no one else see this as a bright red flag? Is everyone else completely blinded by his excellent numbers, and/or buying into the “he’s learned how to dial it back to pitch more effectively” BS? Because it IS bovine defecation, to the highest degree. A 27-year-old who previously touched 93-94 and regularly hung around 91, should at the very least be maintaining that level.
I love Travis d’Arnaud‘s body language and confidence since his return from Las Vegas. He’s swinging the bat well and was robbed of a homerun in this game by Dustin Ackley, who made a remarkable catch over the wall to steal the dinger away from d’Arnaud. Ackley also went 3-for-4, and was in a run with Kyle Seager and Willie Bloomquist for the game ball.
I don’t love Daniel Murphy‘s body language. As mentioned in the previous post, he looks exhausted. But as has been pointed out in the comments, the Mets don’t have a legit backup middle infielder (other than starting shortstop Ruben Tejada) — which is mind-boggling. At the very least, can the Mets coax Mike Phillips or Tim Bogar out of retirement? (I’m not even sure Bogar ever officially retired, so the paperwork could be easy in that case.)
Mariners starter Roenis Elias pitched well enough until leaving the game with a “forearm cramp,” which Ron Darling jokingly derided. I hope no young pitcher took Darling’s joke seriously, because ANY kind of cramping, strain, pain, or other discomfort in the forearm is an immediate red flag that could very quickly lead to elbow problem. Quickly as in, the very next pitch, and knowing that, I was astonished that the Mariners medical staff allowed Elias to finish pitching to Lucas Duda. Forearm issues should ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS be taken seriously, and treated with extreme caution. Don’t be surprised to see Elias go down with a UCL injury before the end of this season.
The Mariners have posted losing seasons in 8 of their past 10 seasons. Right now, they’re 6 games over .500. The front office, coaching staff, scouting department, and roster are littered with former Mets personnel. Are they good this year because they were bad for six straight years? Are they good because of Robinson Cano? Can you see any comparison or contrast between the Mariners and the Mets over the past several years? Hmmmm …
It’s kind of funny that Chris Young is still a Met, isn’t it? And now whatever leg injury took him out of the game will likely land him on the DL, which means there’s no chance of him getting suddenly hot and becoming trade bait for a 19-year-old middle reliever toiling in the low minors.