Mets Game 140: Win Over Marlins
Mets 4 Marlins 3
Mets take the series from the floundering Fish (see what I did there? It’s the #littlethings that keep me inspired!)
Mets Game Notes
The Marlins really made Jacob deGrom work in the early innings — he was averaging about 24 pitches per inning through the first three frames, which is far too many. Somehow, though, he lasted through six innings, allowing only one run. I’m still not sure how he managed to do that, though the Pitcher’s Best Friend — the double play — certainly played a part. Still, too too many pitches by deGrom, and I’m not sure why he had to toss so many. Was it a matter of not having a “put away” pitch? Was he trying too hard to nibble and get strikeouts — perhaps because of the Mets’ recent defensive issues and taking a cue from Zack Wheeler? Was it just a weird night? Usually we see the young Marlins hacking away and ending their at-bats as quickly as possible; this was something of an aberration, from the perspective of both the Fish and deGrom.
Kind of cool to see Matt den Dekker, Juan Lagares, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis playing in the same outfield together. Now, if someone said THAT is potentially one of the best-fielding outfields in baseball, I’d be on board. It might also be among the outfields with the most strikeouts in baseball, but, hey, it’s give and take. That quip by Chris Young back in March seems laughable now, doesn’t it? By the way, you should really go back and read that post — it’s more interesting now that we have the benefit of hindsight.
If Lagares is taking this leadoff thing seriously as an audition, he’s so far doing a darn fine job of making a case for hitting at the top of the lineup in 2015. Of course, there are 22 more games to go, but so far, so good.
I sort of wish Keith Hernandez was in the booth for this series, just to hear him say, “I like the way this young man swings the bat,” every time Christian Yelich came to the plate. Yelich reminds me a bit of a young Keith, and I imagine he might see the similarity as well.