Mets Game 113: Win Over Nationals
Mets 6 Nationals 1
A good win at a good time for the Mets.
Mets Game Notes
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Very quickly … I didn’t watch the game as hawk-eyed as I would’ve liked, but came away with a few things.
First, every time I looked at the screen, the Nationals had two or three runners on base. Somehow, though, they scored only one run. I’m not sure how that happened, though I did see a few double plays and runners thrown out at home plate. In the end, Zack Wheeler earned a win and allowed just one run in 6 2/3 IP, which is very good, but it “felt” like he didn’t pitch as well as the linescore suggests. Comments?
Second, I saw in the seventh that Nats manager Matt Williams removed Gio Gonzalez from the game with men on first and second and Wheeler at the plate in a very obvious bunting situation. That made zero sense to me. Certainly, it was time for Gio to go. However, with the opposing pitcher at the plate and more or less guaranteed to be laying down a bunt, I want as many athletic lefthanders in the infield as possible — and Gio Gonzalez is both athletic and lefthanded. Why? Because no matter where the bunt is placed, it’s easier and quicker for a lefthander to pick up the ball and throw it to third base to get the lead runner. So because of that reason alone, Gio stays in the game. Secondly, Wheeler’s a lefthanded hitter, and Gonzalez throws a good curveball, which can be difficult to bunt. In my opinion, it was ideal for Gonzalez to throw curveballs to Wheeler, hope he either had a problem putting a bunt in fair play, or hoping he’d bunt the ball back toward the pitcher and give Gonzalez a chance to get the lead runner. After the Wheeler at-bat, Gonzalez would be removed. But that’s me.
Speaking of Gonzalez, he is definitely not the same pitcher we saw in 2012 or even 2013. In addition to what seems to be a drop in velocity, he doesn’t have the bulldog mental toughness to get out of tough situations. I’m sure it’s just an absolute coincidence that his dropoff in performance came immediately after his “father” was found to be a frequent client of Biogenesis. Surely, that situation is still weighing on Gio’s mind.
Yes, I saw Juan Lagares make an amazing, leaping catch of a liner late in the game. I also gasped and feared he either broke his collarbone or separated his shoulder. Thankfully, neither were the case.
Next Mets Game
Mets and Nats do it again at 7:05 PM on Wednesday night (tonight). Jonathon Niese faces Doug Fister.