Mets Game 63: Loss to Orioles

Orioles 6 Mets 4

The Mets were behind from the beginning, and never once took a lead.

Tim Redding allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in his 5 1/3 innings of work, but left the game with the score tied at four all. Bobby Parnell did a stellar job of keeping it that way and handing off the ball to Pedro Feliciano. However, Feliciano did not fare as well, giving up a single and a homerun to the first two hitters he faced (both lefties) in the seventh inning to give Baltimore a 6-4 lead.

Notes

The Orioles’ 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 8-for-11 with 3 RBI and 4 runs scored. Only slightly outdone were the Mets’ 5-6-7 hitters, who went 7-for-12 with 2 RBI and scored all four runs.

Matt Wieters hit his first Major League homerun off Redding in the second inning. Remember it, as it will be the answer to a trivia question some day. That kid is going to be a star.

During the third inning, the SNY crew questioned 3B coach Razor Shines on a variety of subjects. I found it a bit annoying that the camera shot was almost exclusively on Shines during the entire interview, rather than on the action on the field. While in this particular case we didn’t miss anything, that’s not the point. I turn on the TV to watch the game, not watch the third-base coach give an interview. Why can’t they have a split screen, or have a small shot of Shines in an inset on the screen? Same goes for the Kevin Burkhardt segments.

In the fourth inning, Ryan Church stepped on home plate as he successfully push bunted for a hit. Both Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen were sure to let us know that a batter “is out if he steps on home plate”. While that’s technically true, it wasn’t explained correctly. The rule is that a batter has to have both feet inside the batter’s box when he makes contact with the ball. It doesn’t matter whether or not his foot touches home plate — it matters that it was out of the batter’s box when his bat made contact with the ball. Shame on Keith and Gary, particularly since they threw out the question, “Do you think most players know that rule?” Hey guys, zip it up unless YOU know the rule.

For those interested, here is the rule from the Official MLB Rules:

6.06
A batter is out for illegal action when —
(a) He hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter’s box.

As long as we’re criticizing the SNY crew today, it was pointed out that Carlos Beltran is swinging at a lot of first pitches lately, to which Keith added “and I like it”. For the record, Beltran’s batting average has dropped almost 20 points since June 4 — which could be considered “lately”.

Though, I suppose Beltran is being more aggressive because he’s hitting over .400 when he swings at the first pitch, and is also over .400 when down 0-1 — so, the numbers are on his side. Of course, it could be that he’s been very selective on those counts, and only swinging when he’s sure he can drive the ball. Also it should be noted his average is over .530 when the count is 1-0.

Danny Murphy finally busted out of his month-long slump with a soft three-hit day.

In addition, Razor Shines quickly identified Murphy as the team’s most instinctive baserunner. That’s a scary thought, considering some of the decisions Murph’s made on the bases in his short time in the bigs.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series will be played in Baltimore on Thursday night at 7:05 PM. Livan Hernandez takes the mound against Jason Berken.

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. Wendy June 18, 2009 at 10:36 am
    Last night was definitely a tough loss, and i agree about the SNY crew speaking out of turn about the rules of the game.

    Keith Hernandez is getting harder and harder for me to take, broadcasting the game is one thing, but some of his observations and criticisms really push the envelope.

    His remarks about the players can appear to be very personal, not professional constructive criticisms. IMO, he should tell a player what he thinks to his face in some instances instead of just telling the listening audience.

    A lot of times too, he is Captain Obvious, you really are tempted to say “Ya think?”

    That said, Feliciano shaking off Schneider’s sign did prove costly, but overall he has been very effective so i cannot rant against him for last night.