Mets Game 101: Win Over Mariners

Mets 3 Mariners 2

Mets win a one-run game — how about that?

Mets Game Notes

I was sitting in traffic on the Long Island Expressway during the bulk of this contest, so didn’t see the action.

Bartolo Colon was perfect through six and and two-thirds, retiring 20 batters until Robinson Cano reached on a single. Could Colon have performed better in one of his last auditions before the trading deadline? Did he impress the Mariners enough for them to consider plucking him from the waiver wire in August?

I heard that Ruben Tejada was beaned in the fifth and had to leave the ballgame. He was also hit by a pitch on Tuesday. Are the baseball gods sending a message? How many more times does Tejada have to be struck before the Mets consider adding a real, actual backup middle infielder to the roster? Though, from the boxscore it appears that Eric Campbell did not make an error in his four innings at shortstop, so I guess that means he’s capable.

Next Mets Game

Mets embark on a four-game series in Milwaukee to face the Brewers. Game one begins at 8:10 PM ET, and pits Dillon Gee vs. Matt Garza.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. norme July 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    My take-away from t
  2. norme July 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm
    I’m sorry, my keyboard is not working properly. I was trying to say that my take-away from this road trip is that neither the Mets nor the Mariners/Padres present an awe inspiring offense. It’s hard to judge the pitching performances based on these line-ups. Colon is either very crafty or just a very skilled talent—or both.
    At times Murphy looks awful at the plate. He’s much too defensive.
    Zunino impressed me with his receiving skills.
    I hope Lagares continues to develop his hitting, but he is truly a joy to watch in CF.
    Campbell is a nice addition to the bench but probably should not be a full-time starter.
    Familia, if he remains healthy, has filthy stuff.
  3. mckeeganson July 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm
    It might just be a coincidence, but the mets always seem to play better when joe isn’t watching. Maybe they all read this blog and feel too pressured too perform when he’s watching…

    In all seriousness though, this season has gone about as well as we fans could hope. The rotation has been strong and boasts several middle of the rotation type starters. Degrom has become must see tv, and his run for ROY gives us something to be excited about for the last 60 games.

    The bullpen has improved dramatically and while there will be some growing pains, it beats watching retreads continually flameout.

    d’Arnaud looks like a .280 20 HR guy who is rapidly regressing defensively. If he could play well on both sides at the same time, he will find himself on an all star team. If not he’ll be traded and plawecki will be given a chance.

    Duda can be a starter against righties but at 28 let’s stop pretending like he’s going to learn to hit lefties. He’ll always need a platoon partner.

    Murphy is gassed and should be traded immediately before his value plummets. There are a multitude of 2nd basemen in our upper minors who can field poorly while providing decent offense. And this kid Herrera might actually be good.

    Tejada belongs in the majors, but shouldn’t be a full time starter. Flores is no major league SS but it’s time to see if his bat plays at the major league level.

    Wright is either due for a huge second half, or is at another place in his career.

    Lagares is a stud who is slowly improving at the plate. Granderson should be moved to left field, but really has been pretty good. CY is washed up. EY has value as a bench player. Kirk can’t make consistent contact, but boasts the most tools of them all. Abreu should be traded. Nimmo should be starting by 2016 and Campbell should be given a look as an everyday player in left.

    Noah will pitch in the majors this season.

    • david July 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm
      Agree with most of your comments about the team, except Campbell getting a shot as an everyday player in left. I was there when Todd Hundley played left, after we traded for Piazza. Admittedly, Hundley was a catcher and a damn good one at that. His offensive performance is largely overlooked because Piazza followed right after him, but Todd Hundley was a key player on those Mets teams of the mid 90’s.

      Campbell is a valuable back-up middle infielder who can play all over the infield as far as I am concerned, but let’s try and not complicate the outfield situation even more.

      Herrera is an exciting prospect. I read he was playing some SS in AA. I also think Reynolds deserves a look soon at short. I reckon Flores is a better 3B than SS.

      I am much happier with TDA’s overall performance now than earlier in the season. He is a legitimate hitter, as advertised. I could easily live with him and Plawecki, who may also end up getting some ABs at 1st against lefties. Just a thought.

      I hope Tejada is 100% fine after yesterday’s beaning. It looked like it deflected a bit.

  4. DanB July 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    Norme, I think it is more then the Mets, Padre, and the Mariners with offensive problems. I will go as far as to say that for the rest of the decade, it will be teams with the strongest offensive that will win championships. The era of “pitching wins championships” has passed. And when I say strong offense, I don’t necessarily mean high OBP and home runs. I mean teams that hit and run, that beat the shift, etc… Creative offense.
  5. DanB July 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm
    All this talk about Reynolds tearing it up in AAA reminds me of Jesus Feliciano when people were outraged that he was in the minors after hitting well in 2010 in Buffalo.
  6. mckeeganson July 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm
    All I know is that Campbell has hit at every level including the majors and is a much better athlete than Hundley was. And just because there are bodies in front of him, doesn’t mean that any of them have merited playing time over him. I would love to see him hitting 6th consistently. The demotion of kirk and imminent cutting of CY will likely open up some abs.

    I tend to agree that Reynolds is having an overachieving year, and his lack of power and poor plate discipline would likely be exposed in the majors. However I wouldn’t go so far as to compare his 2nd round pedigree and young age, to a career minor leaguer like Feliciano.

    Herrera from all I’ve heard lacks the arm for shortstop but looks like a legitimate leadoff hitter. He and Nimmo might be our 1-2 hitters for a long time.

  7. Vilos July 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm
    I really dont understand why the Mets demoted Kirk. It seemed pretty basic to platoon him with CY. I havent looked at the stats, but it seemed like it was part of their recent streak. Can anybody make sense of this for me?

    Plus, its pretty obvious that Tejada should go un DL for posible concusion, which as Joe says, are the Gods making a statement to give Flores a real oportunity.

    I would understand that thry might also bring along an extra defensive replacement but they could do that latter.