Mets Game 157: Loss To Nationals
Nationals 4 Mets 2
One team played a very crisp, clean, fundamentally sound game, while the other, didn’t. Which was which? Check the final score.
Congrats to the Mets for clinching their sixth consecutive non-winning season.
Mets Game Notes
Maybe I’m crazy (who are we kidding? there’s no debate), but it seems that every time Carlos Torres entered a ballgame, someone in the SNY booth praised him for a “yeoman’s job,” being a “pleasant surprise,” “quietly” being a key component of the Mets’ staff/bullpen, and being “an unsung hero” (or terms to that effect). I agree that Torres has been extremely valuable. However, how many times can you praise someone for being “unsung” or “unrecognized” before it’s an incorrect comment? I think Carlos Torres is the most sung-about unsung hero since Jose Valentin. Or maybe Fernando Tatis.
In a somewhat similar vein, every time Bartolo Colon has made a defensive play, much hay was made about his being “athletic” despite his girth. It must be the end of the season, because that story has worn old as well. Yeah, Colon is a grossly overweight guy. But he’s still one of the 750 best ballplayers on the planet, and you don’t get into that stratosphere without being a world-class athlete. So yes, it would be surprising if the portly butcher down the street made a remarkable play on a rocket hit back to him in a Sunday softball game, but it shouldn’t be THAT surprising to see a tremendous but obese athlete do something athletic. Yeah, it must be the end of the season.
Why was it announced that Terry Collins would return in 2015? Didn’t he have a contract for 2015, or did I miss something? Was it because Wally Backman was in the dugout, that the Mets felt the need to make clear Collins was / would still be the manager?
Congratulations to Sandy Alderson, who, in true Mets fashion, was rewarded for four years of losing and dwindling attendance with a three-year extension to his contract. Many of us wish we could be as ineffective in our jobs and get not fired but rewarded. Fits perfectly into Bud Selig’s grand plan of MLB parity / socialism. Oh crap did I go too far? Never mind, back to the baseball …
Is it me, or does Daniel Murphy look refreshingly comfortable / not awkward at third base? It’s too bad he couldn’t have had a larger sample there, as he might draw more trade interest from other clubs if he could prove that, in fact, he DOES have a position after all. Hmm … maybe instead of dumping Murphy before he gets another raise, the Mets can find a taker for David Wright‘s big contract …
I’m still liking both Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and believe both should be at minimum be valuable platoon players for someone over the next 3-5 years. They kind of remind me of Gary Roenicke / John Lowenstein when those two played for Earl Weaver in Baltimore — players who have some flaws but can play the entire game, and can be really effective at a championship level when used properly and not over-exposed. I get the feeling, though, that their best years won’t happen with the Mets.
Every once in a while, Bobby Ojeda exasperates me with his talk about pitching mechanics. Usually, though, I thoroughly enjoy his postgame comments, and after this game in particular he was spot-on in so many areas. What struck me most was his explanation of Nationals manager Matt Williams‘ desire to keep his team in the right frame of mind — despite already clinching the division — and doing everything possible to win this game. The Nats were playing with an intensity we have not seen by other Mets opponents of late, and, as Ojeda pointed out, were taking nothing for granted in this final week of the regular season. Every player was going all-out, their focus was sharp, and execution mostly stellar (save for one mistake by Bryce Harper). I’m excited to follow the Nats as they go forward in October.
Speaking of that missed fly ball by Harper … hmm … on the one hand, the fact he jumped toward a ball that went off the wall, it’s hard to give him an error. At the same time, shouldn’t a MLB outfielder make that catch? I’m kind of torn, but fine with the official scorer’s decision to grant Travis d’Arnaud a triple. Oh, and how often do you see a catcher hit a triple in consecutive games?
It was also announced that Jacob deGrom has made his last start. I need to ruminate on this, and maybe write a separate post as I think it deserves its own discussion.
I’ve never, ever liked Drew Storen‘s mechanics — from the time he was a rookie — though I’ve always liked his competitiveness and stuff (I also loved his dad on XM’s MLB Home Plate back in the day). Though he’s been effective lately, Storen reminds me a bit of Jorge Julio, in that he seems to be winding up on egg shells, thinking too much about his mechanics, and appears to be one brain fart away from going completely Rick Ankiel at any moment. If the Nats don’t get to the World Series, I’m betting it’s because Storen craps the bed and Rafael Soriano is equally unreliable.