Mets Game 138: Loss To Marlins
Marlins 9 Mets 6
A comedy of errors. Yet, the game sent me closer to tears than laughs.
Mets Game Notes
As a fan of baseball, this game was difficult to enjoy. Soooooo many mistakes, including a few by veteran players that one expects to be better. So many disgraceful occurrences, I can’t recount them, as it was difficult enough to watch them the first time.
Zack Wheeler struck out 8 in 4 2/3 innings; that’s about the only positive to mention about his brief outing. Considering how poorly the Mets defense “performed,” Wheeler had the right idea in attempting to strike out every batter. In case you missed it, the Mets made six (6) errors in the ballgame, including three (3) in the eighth inning. SIX. And those weren’t the only mistakes made; there were other instances that could be described as “errors” yet don’t appear on the scoreboard as such (for example, cutting off throws to home that shouldn’t be cut off; overthrowing cutoffs; baserunning blunders; etc.).
The Fish weren’t that much better, despite recording only one error on the scoreboard. Like the Mets, they also made many mistakes that didn’t appear in the boxscore. It was a contest of folly.
In the end, it was a meltdown by Jeurys Familia that made the difference. Familia’s inability to throw to bases is obvious, and it will be interesting to see if teams other than the Marlins pick up on this and force him into uncomfortable situations. This is one of the reasons I hate the designated pinch-hitter rule — because they don’t have to hit, some pitchers think all they have to do pitch, and nothing else. They don’t try to be “ballplayers,” but merely specialists who toss the ball off a hill. But baseball doesn’t work like that; the moment the pitcher lets go of the ball, he becomes an infielder — not an obstacle, nor a non-entity. Pitchers — and especially relievers — don’t have THAT much to do to keep their bodies in shape to throw a baseball 15-20 times a day. There’s plenty of time to work on all other aspects of the game. It’s an embarrassment both to the player and the organization when a pitcher can’t throw the baseball to bases — and the Mets have at least two of those, in Familia and Jenrry Mejia. There’s no excuse.
A bright spot in the afternoon was Dilson Herrera, who continues to impress in the field and the batter’s box. Well, wait … he DID make two errors. Hmm … Still, I like what I’m seeing from him with the glove. He IS only 20 years old, after all, and I remember Jose Reyes making a bunch of errors as a 20-year-old rookie. Herrera blasted his first MLB homerun in his 10th big-league at-bat, and added his first MLB triple; he may be the singular reason to watch the Mets this September.
If this game was played in any other MLB stadium, Giancarlo Stanton would have hit 3 homeruns. I shudder to think what his numbers would look like if his home park was anywhere other than Miami. He might hit 80 HRs in a season if he played half his games at Coors Field or Fenway Park.
Sam Dyson sucked in his 2/3 inning of relief. See what I did there? Hey, I had to do something to amuse myself in describing this wretched ballgame.
Next Mets Game
Game two of this series begins at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. Jonathon Niese faces Brad Penny. With Penny on the mound, I feel like this should be a throwback game with the Marlins’ old teal uniforms. Maybe Jeff Conine will be added to the Miami roster, as well.