Mets Game 22: Win Over Diamondbacks

Mets 8 Diamondbacks 4

I feel like I keep writing the same headline, over and over.

The Mets complete the sweep, dusting away the D-Backs in an Easter Sunday victory.

Mets Game Notes

Jon Niese was strong through 7, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3 in an efficient 95-pitch performance.

The Mets were homer-happy in this game, as David Wright blasted two and Jason Pridie walloped the first of his MLB career. I thought Pridie couldn’t hit?

Ike Davis did not hit a homerun, which was out of character for him. However he did go 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

D.J. Carrasco pitched poorly again coming out of the bullpen and was optioned to AAA after the game. Chris Young will take his place on the roster in time for his start on Tuesday.

Next Mets Game

The Mets get a day off on Monday and then travel to Washington, DC to play a three-game set against the Nationals. Game one begins at 7:05 PM. Chris Young will attempt to keep his right arm attached to his body while Jordan Zimmerman pitches for the Nats.

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. daxmontana4 April 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm
    hooray! still should have given cbelt the day off. keep his legs fresh for the trade deadline.
  2. CatchDog April 25, 2011 at 8:59 am
    Yesterday, Beltran again hit one to the wall. Only this time it was lefty and to the Mo Zone (where homers go to die). If Tron was playing in just about any other park, he has 6 or 7 dingers this season.

    Hopefully, Sandy and his boys have a nice graph of these long outs when they’re talking to Cashman, Epstein, Daniels (Rangers) or Reagins (Angels).

    perceived value added = better return

    • gary s. April 25, 2011 at 10:39 am
      The Mo Zone needs to be retired after this season.It is a nice science project but a horible thing to do to your hitters on a 81 game basis.All that is needed to correct this monstrosity is a cyclone fence which could bring the distance in about 20-25 feet.It would not cost much money and it would still be decent distance, but it would no longer be where home runs go to die.It’s your move, Mr. Alderson.
  3. Joe April 25, 2011 at 9:02 am
    “poorly again”

    Carrasco seemed to pitch okay overall. Gee has long relief stuff, which is basically Carrasco’s job, so sending him down isn’t that surprising. Still, if Gee isn’t starting, I’m not sure having him throw a few innings a week while waiting for a long relief outing is really the best use of the guy.

    Not really too upset, but not sure.

    • Joe Janish April 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm
      Carrasco didn’t impress me. He reminds me of a high school pitcher: throws 5 different pitches from 4 different angles, but can’t throw one with any consistency.

      Strangely enough, Carrasco is slated to be a starter in AAA, I guess to get innings and also to fill Gee’s spot.

      Gee will be back in the rotation soon enough; don’t be surprised if it is five days after tomorrow.

      • Joe April 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm
        Oh? Is Young going to get hurt or what?
        • Joe Janish April 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm
          His biceps tendinitis is a huge red flag and warning for a shoulder injury on the way. In order to avoid re-injuring his shoulder, he needs to make mechanical adjustments. Does he know which ones? Does Dan Warthen? I doubt it highly.
        • Joe April 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm
          No surprise if it happens. If so, DJ might be back soon.
  4. Seth April 25, 2011 at 9:37 am
    I like keeping Gee around, seeing as how unpredictable the Chris Young experiment is bound to be.

    Another move I really liked from the last week was bringing up Pridie to fill in for Pagan. After the outfield follies earlier in the season, I was dreading seeing Harris or Hairston out there, or asking Beltran to move back to center temporarily, and all the things that flashed through my mind when Pagan collided with Turner (I know that supposedly wasn’t the actual point of injury, but still).