Mets Game 127: Loss To Athletics

Athletics 6 Mets 2

Finally, the Mets collect more than four hits.

Mets Game Notes

The Mets had a total of seven hits, in fact, and almost all from the bottom half of the order. Batters one through four went 1-for-13. Batters one through five were 2-for-17, but had one homerun (nicely done, Travis d’Arnaud).

Dillon Gee was not very good (again), yet he managed to muddle through 5 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. He seemed always to be in a bases-loaded situation, and even when he wiggled out, the bases would inevitably refill. Even a cat has only nine lives, and eventually, the Athletics made Gee pay for keeping the bases inebriated. Gee hung around in the upper half of the strike zone and above, and struggled mightily to get his curveball snapping consistently.

Meanwhile, Scott Kazmir set down the Mets from the get-go, with strong command of all his pitches and matching body language — he simply looked like he was in complete control of the tempo and the game. I was mildly surprised that he was removed after six stellar innings, but the A’s have great confidence in their bullpen and everybody knows that pitchers can’t go far beyond 100 pitches without turning into a pumpkin.

Oakland reliever Ryan Cook has put up excellent numbers in his two and half years as an Athletic, but I’m betting he’ll go down with an elbow injury and be on the operating table for Tommy John surgery sooner rather than later. The way he “hooks” the ball behind his back is a bad idea, as is the double-tap of his throwing hand against his glove. As is his habit of raising his throwing elbow above his shoulder prior to moving the ball up and forward. As a result his arm is far behind his body, and he’s putting undue strain on both his elbow and his shoulder, and, likely, the elbow will give out first.

Josh Reddick. Careless Whisper. Shoot me. I must’ve heard that vomitous tune a thousand times during a dark, sad, five-month period of my childhood when the radio wouldn’t stop playing it, yet, remarkably, I never knew its title. Go figure. Guns and Roses couldn’t arrive on the scene soon enough. If it weren’t for heavy metal bands like Judas Priest, Metallica, Metal Church, Megadeth, Slayer, and Black Sabbath, I might’ve given up on music altogether. Oh, and thank goodness for Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Queen. Crazy bit of trivia: Rob Halford and Freddie Mercury never met, not once. That’s nuts, right? Oops, I mean, that’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Anyway, I digress …

Sean Doolittle. For Whom The Bell Tolls. Now we’re talkin’! Time marches ON!!!!

Glad to see Gonzalez Germen has finally kicked that virus. Was it West Nile? African sleeping sickness? Dengue fever? Did I ever tell you guys about my bout with Dengue, by the way? And how it led to my holding the baseball in my hand that was the ball that Endy Chavez caught off the bat of Scott Rolen in October 2006? Remind me to tell you about that, perhaps over the winter when we’re bored (or are we bored now?).

Carlos Beltran is doing 5 Hour Energy
commercials? Whoa, how the mighty have fallen.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and A’s do it again on Wednesday afternoon starting at 3:35 PM. Zack Wheeler takes the hill against Jeff Samardzija.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. norme August 20, 2014 at 7:27 am
    Sounds as if you’re bored to distraction, or have been nipping too much of your vino.

    The new layout is nice and clean.

  2. Yeats August 20, 2014 at 11:40 am
    This is the retirement tour of 40-year-old David Wright, isn’t it? He looks good for his age.
  3. Bat August 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    I don’t get it – what’s wrong with Beltran endorsing 5 Hour Energy?

    Beltran does this, and maybe someone with a bigger, more marketable name like Jeter associates with Ford?

    How does Beltran endorsing 5 Hour Energy constitute “the mighty have fallen”?

    Beltran was never a huge name in the advertising market (i.e., not a household sports name like Jeter) and this strikes me as the type of product that he would endorse?

    • Joe Janish August 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm
      Beltran received from the Mets, what? About $120M? Making that kind of dough, and having starred for two New York teams, I’d think he’d be able to pick and choose from a selection of high-paying endorsements. 5-hour Energy, to me, is pretty lowbrow, small-time, and somewhat seedy, but maybe I’m wrong. Yeah, I’d expect to see him peddling a high-profile brand like Ford, or Coca-Cola. Can he be that desperate for money? Though, knowing Beltran, he likely is donating his endorsement dollars to charity. Still, 5-hour Energy seems like something that would be endorsed by Francisco Cervelli.

      That commercial looked pretty low-budget and weird; the bizarreness of it reminded me a little of the old Fred McGriff / Tom Emanski DVD.

  4. Bat August 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    A lot depends on how high-profile the athlete is in the community as to whether endorsement opportunities are available. For example, Jeter and someone like Patrick Ewing have almost instant name recognition in New York even with individuals that aren’t really sports fans.

    Beltran isn’t on that level even though he was a star with the Mets and is now winding up his career on the other side of town.

    That being said, you are saying the commercial is low budget like the Tom Emanski commercials so that is a bit surprising I suppose that if they have enough money to pay Beltran they can’t make a better commercial. Incidentally, McGriff did those commercials as a favor to Emanski so if it is indeed that low budget maybe Beltran is making this 5 Hour Energy commercial as a favor to someone at 5 Hour Energy.

  5. Yeats August 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    I’d appreciate it if the Mehts could have even 3 Hour Energy…
  6. Sidd Finch August 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    I would’ve never taken you for a metal guy Joe. Go figure. You were into real metal too, not the poof hairball’s like Warrant, Poison, et al. Pretty damn cool. I think Piazza was a pretty big Slayer fan back in the day too if I remember correctly.
  7. Joe Janish August 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm
    Well, I also worshiped Barry Manilow, Rick Astley, and Boyz II Men. (NOT!)

    Yes, I was a metal head who had a secret appreciation for rap (which is what they now call “hip hop”) — so when Run DMC did a song with Aerosmith, my head exploded. Nowadays I listen to just about everything.

    I also vaguely remember Piazza being into Slayer, and possibly hanging out with the band. That’s probably how he wound up with all the bacne.

  8. The DZA August 22, 2014 at 8:29 am
    Joe re: Megadeth – I’m guessing first 4 albums (Killing…/Peace Sells…/SFSGSW/and the seminal opus – Rust In Peace) i.e. those bands (the big 4) from early 80’s till like ’92. Likewise Metallica.
    If so – same here.
    Nostalgia will never get tiresome…

    So back in ’86…

    • Joe Janish August 22, 2014 at 10:52 am
      EXACTLY

      Those early days of thrash metal were great. I tend to like raw, unpolished music, regardless of genre. MC5 was pretty raw. Some of Queen’s early stuff is really interesting, especially considering the time period. Led Zep, of course. Plenty of great music from back in the day.