Mets Game 102: Loss To Brewers
Brewers 9 Mets 1
The Mets were one game away from another winning streak. All good things must come to an end.
Mets Game Notes
Not a good night for Dillon Gee. In fact, a bad night for the righthander, who was pummeled by the Brew Crew. He didn’t necessarily have the wrong idea — he was clearly trying to entice the aggressive Milwaukee lineup to chase pitches out of the zone to fall behind on the count, but they weren’t biting on his pitches that were just a few inches off the edges. As a result, he fell behind nearly every batter, had to come back with pitches that got too much plate, and the Brewers teed off. It happens.
As it turned out, the Brewers didn’t have anything personal against Dillon Gee — they pounded Daisuke Matsuzaka similarly. Seven of Milwaukee’s ten hits in the game were for extra bases.
Hmmm … were the Brewers “hunting for strikes”?
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
While the Brewers hitters were crushing the ball, the Mets were doing the opposite. They had exactly two hits, walked twice, and sent only 28 batters to the plate, one over the absolute minimum. On the bright side, they were only 0-for-1 with RISP.
One of those two hits was another massive homerun by Lucas Duda — a prodigious blast well over the fence in dead-center, that came after the Mets were down 7-0. His homeruns are beginning to remind me of Mike Cameron‘s 30 homers in 2004. As a friend once commented to me: “That was the lightest 30-HR season I ever saw.” Hey, hitting a 420-foot+ homer in MLB is impressive regardless of the situation. But how many of Duda’s dingers have come when they were truly needed? In the words of Warner Wolf, “let’s go to the videotape!” Duda hit a couple big ones early in the season, he had one that turned out to be important against the Rangers, and another against the Mariners a few days ago that turned out to be big … but it seems like his homer total is padded a bit by circumstances. Maybe all players’ homerun total are similarly padded. Maybe my opinion is clouded by still not being sold on him as an everyday first baseman. Though, I’m pleased to see he’s finally taking steps forward after years and years of unfulfilled hype and an obvious lack of confidence. Part of it, too, is that people in the Mets organization have gushed about Duda like he would be another Adam Dunn, and he’s yet to come near that expectation.
I’m not being fair to Duda, I know. Cameron’s ’04 season was ridiculous. He hit 30 taters and drove in only 76 runs. That’s hard to do. In contrast, this year Duda is driving in runs with his non-homers, and if he were to reach 30 homers I imagine he’d have at least 90 RBI. In fact, there’s a decent outside chance he drives in 90 anyway. Though, rib-eye steaks don’t mean anything any more, right? Their importance has gone the way of wins by starting pitchers, I understand. Runs, wins … what silly things to count! Thank goodness we have much more complex and informative data such as VORP, WAR, wOBA, BABIP, and FIP … I’m not sure what drivel we’d babble about at the bar over beers if not for these advanced metrics!
Next Mets Game
Mets and Brewers do it again at 8:10 PM on Friday night. Zack Wheeler faces Yovani Gallardo, who has struggled mightily in three of his last four starts — maybe the Mets are facing him at just the right time.