Mets Game 126: Loss To Cubs
Cubs 4 Mets 1
Sixteen hits in four games. It’s a miracle they won two.
Mets Game Notes
In case you were wondering, I was referring to the New York Mets, who collected exactly four hits in each of these four games against the Cubs. Is that some kind of record? Even back in the day when I started watching baseball — the late 1970s — it was uncommon for a team to collect only four hits in a game, four games in a row (actually, getting only four hits once in a row was somewhat unusual). It was rare for such a thing to happen twice against the same club, I think — but, then again, my memory is not so reliable. Maybe it was a common occurrence. But if it was, it was when dominant starters such as J.R. Richard, Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, and Vida Blue took the mound against lineups that included at least two or three (or four) easy outs IN ADDITION TO the pitcher — i.e., a Braves lineup that included Rowland Office, Pat Rockett, Joe Nolan, and Rod Gilbreath; or a Padres lineup that had Bob Davis, Mike Champion, and Tucker Ashford littering the bottom end. But for this to happen today? It has to be some kind of precedent. The Cubs pitchers are pretty good, but they’re not Koufax / Drysdale / Gibson / Jenkins. Maybe I’m making more of this than I should; maybe being held to just four hits in a game, four games in a row, against a club that was 18 games below .500, is more common than I suspect.
Carlos Torres jumped in for Bartolo Colon and did a yeoman’s job, as he always seems to do when put on the spot. He’s not a great pitcher, but he’s a good guy to have around — kind of like Tom Hausman or Terry Leach back in the day.
Though, one has to wonder when the Mets will shut down Mejia, who is suffering multiple nagging injuries. Are they waiting for an arm strain of some sort to rear its ugly head before putting him on the DL? Is this some kind of test, to see how mentally tough he is? Do they keep running him out there because he’s their best closer option, and believe they’re still in the postseason hunt? I’m not sure what to make of this situation, and it gets more befuddling by the day. Surely there’s someone in AAA or AA who can be promoted for bullpen use. What about all the yakkety-yak we’d heard of fireballers Cory Mazzoni and Darin Gorski over the past few years? What about Chase Bradford or Jack Leathersich? Shouldn’t the Mets see if any of these guys might be options for 2015 now, rather than waiting until rosters expand and everyone has less-than-MLBers littering their rosters?
Next Mets Game
The Mets attempt to stroke more than four hits in a game against the Athletics in Oakland on Tuesday at 10:05 PM Right Coast Time. But guess what? The A’s pitchers are even better than those on the Cubs. Game one pits Dillon Gee against former Met Scott Kazmir.