Mets Game 122: Loss To Nationals
Nationals 4 Mets 1
In case you hadn’t already heard, the Nationals have beat the Mets in Citi Field 11 straight times.
Mets Game Notes
I wonder if Swiffer will ever have the marketing smarts to sponsor a series like this, and, one day, instead of calling it a “sweep,” it will be referred to as a “Swiff”? These are the silly things that run through my mind sometimes. Hey, I never thought that college bowl games and sports stadiums would be branded — aren’t sports references next to be monetized?
I admit to not seeing too much of this game. I caught bits and pieces live, then watched a few innings later on the DVR. What it looked like to me was that Dillon Gee was not sharp, and if he’s not sharp against a good-hitting team, he gets beat.
Thank goodness the Phillies stink, or the Mets might be sitting in the cellar right now. Is it really possible that the Padres — who looked like the worst team in baseball just a few weeks ago, and traded away a few of their better players prior to the deadline — have hopped over the Mets in the Wild Card standings? Did that really happen? Remarkable.
Great insight by Keith Hernandez during the fourth inning on when and why to stretch a little extra or get off the bag as a first basemen when receiving wide throws from infielders. In short, he explained that when the throw is from the second baseman, you’re more inclined to make the stretch, because you know the catcher is backing up behind you and has plenty of time to get to a wild throw. As the ball moves further and further away from the second baseman and the second base bag, the angle gets tougher and tougher and
I hope Daniel Murphy took out the official scorer for a steak dinner after this game. First, Murphy was awarded a hit on what could have been charged as an error on Ian Desmond in the fourth (which was what the above paragraph referenced). Then, Murphy was awarded a stolen base instead of a caught stealing when the PERFECT throw from catcher Jose Lobaton kicked off the heel of Anthony Rendon‘s glove. Seriously? Seriously? Seriously? Yes, I’m going to ask one more time — SERIOUSLY???? The ball beat Murphy by at least ten feet. The ball hit leather. It was a really bad move — a stupid move, in fact, by Murphy. But instead of being ethical, the official scorer gave Murphy the stolen base, and to add insult to injury, Murphy’s absolutely stupid baserunning was rewarded when he scored on a sac fly to give the Mets their only run. Murphy’s Law, and we’ve been seeing it for years. I would be really curious to know if there is any other MLBer who has come out of so many dumb decisions smelling like a rose. Murphy is like the Inspector Clouseau of MLB. Can you tell this sort of thing irritates me?
As an aside … There was a comment in one of the game recaps that pointed to David Wright‘s underperformance this year as a major reason for the Mets’ inability to be a .500 club or better. Well, sure, I guess. But consider this: the Nationals were without Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, and they still swept the Mets. Imagine if the Mets were without Wright and, say, Daniel Murphy or Curtis Granderson or Lucas Duda (or, heck, pick any other man considered one of the Mets “top” offensive threats) — would the Mets even look like a AAA club? Sometimes it’s good to step back and take a truly realistic perspective on this Mets team. As has been the case for several years, there is absolutely no depth, and as a result, they have a tremendously slim margin for error and similarly slim margin for loss of assets. Anyone who is of the theory that the Mets are “just one bat away” from playoff contention, think again — this game is as much about depth as it is about high-level talent.
How many more times is Keith going to describe Bryce Harper‘s swing as “unconventional”? Or maybe the question is, how many more booming homeruns does Harper have to hit before Keith stops describing his swing that way? By the way, if you have ever seen the swing of Sadaharu Oh, you might see some resemblance to Harper’s. Just sayin’.
Not that it matters, but it was nice to hear GKR express their strong support for pitchers hitting / no DH, and their lamenting interleague play. Unfortunately, BeelzeBud Selig has been paving the way for universal DH for several years now, and it’s inevitable; I give it five years. When it happens, no worries, I’ll still be blogging, but it will be about Vintage Baseball.