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.

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. mckeeganson September 2, 2014 at 1:47 am
    Haven’t made too much time to watch the mets recently, considering their woes, but I’m glad that you agree with what I had taken from watching Herrera. I love his approach at the plate. He looks like a bone fide top of the order hitter and should be a mainstay at second. If he proves to be able to handle himself for the rest of September, it will make Murphy expendable and maybe allow to trade him to a team that needs a third basemen. Assuming of course that we make any moves this offseason, which is a large assumption.

    Our ineptitude at the fundamentals does make one wonder, what exactly Collins is still around here for? I could only imagine what an above average manager could do, to benefit the growth of some of our young players. Lagares continues to thrive in spite of the added burden of now being expected to hit leadoff. He is now in the top 10 in the NL in WAR despite missing over 20 games. He’s even starting to utilize his speed a bit on the bases.

    Why is Erick Goeddel in the majors?

    Granderson’s contract is looking more abhorrent by the day.

    • Dan42 September 2, 2014 at 5:45 am
      Collins is around because he excels at dressing up the the BS cascading from Met Olympus. Looking forward to another year of Colon, and three more of Granderson, which is all we can expect until the current owners are forced to sell.
    • Joe Janish September 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm
      I completely forgot to mention Goeddel — what in the world was Terry Collins thinking, making THAT situation Goeddel’s first as a big leaguer? Talk about throwing him into the fire! Second and third with one out and Giancarlo Stanton at the plate. Oh, but intentionally walk him to load the bases. Could the situation have been any more difficult?
  2. DaveSchneck September 2, 2014 at 7:28 am
    Great write up. For once we can all agree with Collins who said this wasn’t a MLB caliber game.

    Hererra is really the only reason to watch. And if he continues to oerform like he did yesterday that will be great, except fir one thing. It will totally devalue Murphy’s trade value, as the entire league knows there is no way that the Mets will spend a combined $20 million next year on Colon/Murphy.

    • Joe Janish September 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm
      No, but it does give them a good reason to non-tender Murphy, doesn’t it?
  3. norme September 2, 2014 at 10:58 am
    Actually, I have three reasons to watch the Mets at this time:
    1. I’m curious about the growth and potential of Herrera.
    2. I truly enjoy Lagares in CF.
    3. The combination of athleticism and pitching acumen of deGrom is a rare treat.
    • CleonJames September 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm
      Well said!
  4. argonbunnies September 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm
    Here’s a comp for Zack Wheeler: A.J. Burnett. Great velocity, breaking ball can be nasty, but low pitching IQ and mistake-prone. If you look at Burnett’s career, would you take that for Wheeler? We’d have 7 years of above-average pitching on the way, but no true greatness.