Mets Game 128: Win Over Athletics
Mets 8 Athletics 5
Where did that come from?
Mets Game Notes
After a long drought, the Mets bats came alive. Maybe it was being in an Adulterated League park that inspired them. Maybe it was having an extra hitter in the lineup — a “designated pinch hitter” in place of the pitcher. Maybe it was familiarity with the pitcher whose last name is hard to spell. Maybe the Mets are simply a “daytime” team (they’re now 25-19 in day games this year).
Whatever the case, the Mets beat Cespedless A’s, and scored a whopping 8 runs in the process (and did it with more than four hits!).
Zack Wheeler won again, and his line looks OK, and maybe it could’ve looked better had it not been for sloppy play behind him. Then again, he didn’t appear to be so dominant, either. Not that he has to be every time out. What made me curious was Terry Collins saying after the game that he and Dan Warthen had arbitrarily decided, prior to the contest, that Wheeler would be capped at about 100 pitches, because he threw 120 in his previous outing. Why? Is there an injury? Do they know that the way to take care of Wheeler was to keep him off a mound for four days after the start? No, they don’t, and neither does anyone in MLB. I’ll keep harping on this until you are sick and tired of it and until someone, somewhere in pro ball considers the wild-eyed notion of applying science instead of mythology toward keeping pitchers healthy. Evidence-based fact: the mature, human arm needs four days’ rest after throwing 89 or more pitches. “Rest” means “stay off the mound.” In MLB, starting pitchers go on a mound to throw a bullpen within 48 hours after a start, which means they are disrupting the recovery process. This is not theory, it is science. The healing process — which involves tissue and cells — takes time. Why MLBers think their cells are different from other humans is not known; it could be that they believe throwing 90+ MPH makes their body chemistry different from others. Most were born on Planet Krypton, right?
I’ll be nice and say nothing about the Mets errors in this game.
Big stat: Mets were 4-for-7 with RISP.
Eric Campbell also hit one out, his third of the year. That’s 20 less than Marlon Byrd — though, Campbell’s only had 161 plate appearances to Byrd’s 524. Why do I bring this up? Not to pick on Campbell, by any stretch. Rather, to bring attention to the absence of Byrd, whose 2014 salary is $500,000 more than the Mets are paying Chris Young to take an early vacation.
Curtis Granderson swatted two hits and drove in a run. His OPS is now up to .698.
Jeurys Familia threw 29 pitches in 1 2/3 innings to notch his fourth save. He’ll need one day of rest, and he’ll get it, as the Mets are off on Thursday.
The A’s are 8-11 since trading Yoenis Cespedes, for what it’s worth. Small sample size. They were 66-41 with the slugger.
Next Mets Game
Mets get a day off before returning to NL competition to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game one on Friday night begins at 10:10 PM Right Coast time. Jonathon Niese is scheduled to face Dan Haren.