Mets Game 23: Win Over Nationals
Mets 6 Nationals 4
Five in a row, gotta be pleased about that.
Mets Game Notes
If the Mets didn’t win this game, I might have packed it in. Besides the fact that the Nationals are awful, both Ryan Zimmerman (DL) and Ian Desmond (paternity leave) were out of the lineup. I realize both of those regulars are off to rough starts, but if a Major League team can’t beat a club that puts Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston, Jr. on the left side of the infield, they don’t belong at this level.
Chris Young’s final line is not great, and it actually was worse than it looks — 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 88 pitches. In reality he had no command and did not look good; he was lucky to be facing a terrible, terrible collection of hitters in the Washington lineup. Granted, Young has the flu or whatever is going around the Mets right now, but I wonder if his arm was also in pain. To me it was not an encouraging performance.
Ike Davis and Jason Bay continued their hot hitting, combining to go 5-for-8 with 4 runs scored. But the big hit of the game came off the bat of Josh Thole, who stroked a two-run double to give the Mets a 5-3 lead that was never relinquished.
The Mets bullpen allowed two hits and one run in 4 2/3 innings.
The only Nat to appear to have a clue at the plate was Wilson Ramos, who hit two solo homers and a run-scoring single. Jayson Werth also hit a solo shot but I think it was an accident.
Francisco Rodriguez earned his 5th save of the year and collected his seventh finish. He needs 48 more to collect the big bucks — but my guess is he’ll collect it from a team other than the Mets.
Jason Bay has played in five games, the Mets have won five times. Coincidence?
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Nationals do it again at 7:05 PM in DC on Wednesday night. R.A. Dickey faces Tom Gorzelanny. A win by the Mets would catapult them out of the NL East cellar by a half-game.
Following this series against the Mets, Washington plays San Fran and then Philly. If Cora and Hairston start and the Nats win a game against either of those teams, will you say that that the Giants of Phillies “don’t belong at this level”?
But, yes, I DO expect the Nats to lose every single game going forward with Cora and Hairston on the left side of the infield. It will be completely unexpected — to me — if they manage to win with that combination further dragging down an already struggling offense. Right now they have at least five automatic outs in the lineup, their manager is overmatched, and the pitching is below adequate. Add in the rangeless Cora at the most important position in the infield and a player who is a third baseman in name only, and I see it as an overwhelming task for the Nats to beat an average MLB team. It would take an extraordinary effort by the pitching staff combined with an unprecedented offensive outburst for the Nats to overcome their deficiencies.
Finally, I often pepper my commentary with outlandish and bombastic statements — for no other reason than to cajole people into conversation.
But if your overall point is that the Nats are completely out of their minds for playing Alex Cora at shortstop, let alone having him on their major league roster in the first place, then I couldn’t agree with you more.
The stats you cite are impressive but do not change my opinion of whether the Mets should beat the bejesus out of the Nats this week. I’m an old-school knucklehead, not an actuary.
This blog is a lot of fun, along with some serious thoughts. Joe J. has a facetious/sarcastic sense of humor. He also
does not have much regard for Jerry Hairston and Alex Cora as starting ballplayers. That was the point I took from his comment. To say that Joe J. seems “to have a real misunderstanding of major league baseball” is totally incorrect. Forgive me, but I guess I should let Joe J. defend himself.
Hu never should have been the backup infielder. Turner was always the better option.
Pridie looks like he knows how to play the game! I’m impressed so far.
Buchholz and Beato were great pickups by Alderson.