Mets Game 129: Loss To Dodgers
Dodgers 6 Mets 2
Maybe the Mets were as tired, bored, and uninspired as I was in having to wait until after 10 PM Right Coast Time for the game to begin. Yawn! At least they outhit their errors.
Mets Game Notes
Jonathon Niese’s line wasn’t awful, but he didn’t exactly pass the eye test with flying colors, either. Kind of ordinary stuff, fairly hittable, and though Niese was victimized by some sloppy play behind him, he also threw too many hittable pitches and got away with a number of them; he may also have been helped just a pinch by a large strike zone (as was Dan Haren).
Not a great day in the field for Wilmer Flores. I’ll leave it at that, because he looks and seems like such a nice kid — wouldn’t you invite him to your table for Thanksgiving? I would. But he’s not an everyday Major League shortstop. Maybe if his bat progresses — which is very possible as he’s only 23 — he’ll have some kind of role on a MLB roster. Perhaps a utilityman. Maybe a left fielder. Maybe a first baseman. Probably not a shortstop, though. Still, we want to see him there through the final 30 or so games, to see what he can do with the bat. Bottom line is he has to hit to stay in the bigs, and he has 1 HR in over 150 PAs, with an insipid .550 OPS. (“Insipid” is a word we use in the wine industry for a watery white wine, like a cheap pinot grigio; compare it to “anemic.”)
Come to think of it, no one on the Mets had a particularly great night. Maybe they had too much rest, with the off day on Thursday. Errors all around, sloppy, uninspired play; they looked kind of like a San Diego Padres club, circa 1975 — just showing up, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine.
What kind of team do you have when Andre Ethier is just hanging around on the bench in the 8th inning, doing nothing but counting his $15.5M paycheck? And to think, the Dodgers have studly phenom Joc Pederson — who has hit 31 HR in 414 ABs and mashing a 1.009 OPS in AAA — chomping at the bit. This is the definition of “embarrassment of riches.” Whenever I hear some Mets fan talk about how their team is just “one or two bats away,” I have to wonder if they’ve noticed the ridiculous depth of clubs like the Dodgers. Remember when LA was trying to find playing time for Yasiel Puig? Their quantity and quality of talent is sick.
Absolutely stunning to see Don Mattingly call the squeeze with one out in the fifth, Justin Turner at third, and Dan Haren at the plate. Haren is an AWFUL bunter, bunted into a double play in his previous at-bat, and looked horrendous in a sacrifice attempt one pitch prior. Further, Haren is a pretty decent hitter for a pitcher, despite his 2014 average of .143. Haren completely missed the pitch (as he did in his sac attempt) and Turner was a dead duck. As it turned out, the Mets did a terrible job of putting out Turner — the rundown took three throws, and it should’ve taken one — and as a result, Erisbel Arruebarrena had time to advance from 1B all the way to 3B, and scored moments later on a Haren single. Another single and an error by Wilmer Flores loaded the bases before Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end the inning, and I have to wonder how big that inning might’ve been had Mattingly let Haren swing away from the get-go. #littlethings
Curtis Granderson hit his first homerun in 94 at-bats. Wow. That’s quite a drought for a power hitter. But, Grandy tends to be streaky, so he may hit 6 or 7 in his next 50 ABs.