Mets Game 135: Win Over Phillies

Mets 4 Phillies 1

Mets win round one of the battle for the basement.

Mets Game Notes

First off, I missed this game because I was sitting in traffic on my way to the Jersey Shore for the weekend (if you’re on LBI, stop in for an ice cream, gourmet shake, or take a ride on a surrey). I did hear some of it on the radio, and from what it sounded like, I didn’t miss much.

Jacob deGrom spun another fine outing. If the Mets win their next 27 games, do you have deGrom start the Wild Card game? I’d feel comfortable giving him the ball in an elimination contest.

If Grady Sizemore catches that ball, how many extra innings does this game go?

Dilson Herrera made his MLB debut! Of course he made an error … of course. I wouldn’t worry about it, I’m sure he was nervous and excited. And I bet he’ll continue to be for at least a few games. It will be interesting to watch him over the final month — I really hope that his name is penciled into the lineup every single day, as there isn’t any point in continuing to wonder whether Wilmer Flores can handle the position.

Future left fielder Travis d’Arnaud drove in the Mets’ first run with a single; it was his 7th RBI of the month. He may need to provide a little more offense as a corner outfielder.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Phillies do it again at 7:10 PM on Saturday night. Bartolo Colon faces Jerome Williams. I have no idea why, but for some reason, every time I see Williams’ name in the transaction report (which is often), I think of Jeriome Robertson — who also was frequently seen in transaction reports (and was property of the Mets for about 60 days, when he threw a few pitches for the Norfolk Tides … remember them?).

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  1. Jim Lawlor August 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm
    Was at the game. Herrera hit some long fouls and a nice liner without much to show. Struck out on a big-league change up. On the error, he was shuffling his feet to get in front while also trying to field. Looked like the speed of the game was a bit of an issue that will hopefully go away. Now that they have called him up, let’s hope they play him instead of waiting until he is stone cold from being on the bench for 9 straight game ala Captain Kirk or Flores. Sizemore’s bonehead drop was in exchange for Duda’s E3 to second on a sidearm throw. Battle of the basement, indeed. Otherwise, the Mutts would have had a 1-run lead for deGrom. As for deGrom, the kid can pitch. Didn’t seem like he had his A game. His fastball was mostly 92/93, but when he needed to, he would sling one on the black at 95/96.