Mets Game 17: Loss to Astros
Astros 6 Mets 1
The game was actually a lot closer than the final score. The Mets were in it until the top of the 8th when Bobby Parnell balked with the bases loaded and then served up a two-run single to let the game get away.
Mets Game Notes
Though he allowed only 2 runs, Jonathon Niese wasn’t really on his game. He walked 5 and gave up 7 hits for a total of 12 baserunners in his 6-inning stint. You could say he did a great job of hanging tough and keeping people for scoring — and I’d agree. But when you allow two baserunners per inning, eventually it catches up with you. In this case, it kept Niese from going further in the ballgame; he was removed after 113 pitches.
Also, I noticed right from the beginning that Niese was delivering with his “flat” release point. I can’t put my finger on what he’s doing to cause his arm angle and release point to drop just a few inches, but it’s definitely taking the bite out of his curveball and the sink from his fastball and changeup. When he doesn’t have that good 12-6 curve as an “equalizer”, it makes it difficult to keep hitters honest, and in turn results in long at-bats because Niese doesn’t have another “put away” pitch.
Meanwhile, Wandy Rodriguez continued his mastery of the Mets, mixing four effective pitches — particularly a sharp curve. Going into the game, he had a 3.22 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 6 career starts vs. the Mets; he lowered both of those numbers this evening. It all started in July 2005.
Justin Turner made three poor throws in the ballgame, though none were truly his fault. I hope Terry Collins isn’t keeping count or has a number of throws in his head that Turner will be allotted before being demoted.
In the eighth inning, the Mets nearly mounted a mild rally that was thwarted when David Wright hit a double-play grounder. Except, Billy Hall dropped the ball, so it should’ve been two men on and no one out. Except, the umpire called the out anyway. Terry Collins went out to discuss the matter with the umpire for a few moments, then walked away, like a gentleman, fully in control of his emotions. You know what? That’s unacceptable. At this point in the season, with the Mets in the cellar and showing no signs of life, I want to see some emotion there. I want some entertainment, for goodness sakes. I want Terry Collins looking like he’s going to rip the umpire’s throat out for making such an awful call, and I want to see him tossed from the game. I realize it was a five-run game at that point, and likely wouldn’t have made a difference, but it would have been nice to see some frustration released. As a fan, it would have been great to live vicariously through Collins. As a player, I want my manager out there pleading my case, and I want to see my manager so ticked at the situation and so bottled up with anger and emotion that he’s dumping it out on the umpire to show me how much he cares about winning. Maybe that’s me being old-school or immature but I’m not alone — I distinctly remember Willie Randolph getting crucified for being too calm in situations like this, yet even he was tossed from a few games when it was warranted.
Though, as DailyStache mentioned on Twitter, “on Planet Collins, he threw the umpire out of the game”. I believe the Mets are 12-3 in that solar system as well.
The Mets were held to four hits and were 0-for-6 with RISP.
OK let’s talk about the positive. Carlos Beltran belted a solo homer. That’s all I got.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Astros do it again at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night in Flushing. R.A. Dickey faces Bud Norris.