Mets Game 120: Loss To Nationals
Nationals 7 Mets 1
A solid five frames by Rafael Montero. Let’s leave it at that.
Mets Game Notes
Nice job by Rafael Montero to keep his sinking fastball at the knees and maybe an inch or two below, on both sides of the plate. If there’s a criticism, it’s that, in two-strike counts, he picked outside the corners looking for batters to chase at strike three, instead of going after them. Trying to strike out every single hitter leads to high pitch counts and too many walks; the better pitchers throw strikes in locations that make hitting them squarely more difficult based on how the hitter was set up in a particular at-bat. Montero’s velocity — if we can trust the SNY radar readings — was higher than I expected. He was regularly in the 92-93 MPH range, and I thought he was more 90-91. Maybe it was adrenaline?
I’d rather not get into the bad stuff that happened to Montero and the Mets in this game. Let’s pretend that rain ended the game after five frames and the Mets lost 2-0 … mmmmmmkay?
Doug Fister is a pretty decent athlete, and has a good swing — he looks more like a position player than a pitcher at the plate (for whatever that’s worth). I’m mildly surprised he has only two hits this year, but I guess part of it is that he’s never hit against MLB pitching on a regular basis before.