Cubs 11 Mets 1
This was an overall sloppy, lackadaisical game by the Mets. Maybe Wilpongate had nothing to do with it, but it sure was an incredible coincidence that their worst-played game of the year followed Fred Wilpon’s public tongue-lashing.
Mets Game Notes
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Much of the damage was done in the second inning, as ten Cubs came to bat and scored five runs. But the linescore looked worse than it was, as most of Cubs who reached base did so via flares, squibs, seeing-eye grounders, errors, and hits that could’ve been charged as errors. In other words, Niese was throwing strikes, but the Cubs were “hittin’ ‘em where they ain’t”. At the same time, Niese didn’t have great stuff; to me, it looked like his arm was dragging a bit and its angle was lower than usual — resulting in flat pitches and slightly decreased velocity.
Carlos Beltran had a rough night in Wrigley’s right field. He had some trouble negotiating the ball bouncing off the side wall, but in the grand scheme of things it didn’t affect the final score.
Ronny Paulino had an even rougher night, allowing one run to score on a dropped ball, another on a wild throw to first, and allowing runners to advance on a passed ball.
Trying to make a reliever of Pat Misch is like trying to push a square peg into a round hole. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Misch sent back to AAA for a fresh arm (Bobby Parnell?).
By the way, it occurred to me that Misch is a cross between Tom Glavine and Danny Noonan (of Caddyshack).
From the “that was weird” department: slugger Carlos Pena struck out in the second inning when he attempted to bunt for a hit with two strikes. Apparently he has succeeded twice before in such situations, but that still doesn’t make it an intelligent decision.
Aramis Ramirez is a dog. Very disappointing. He could’ve scored on a two-out double in the seventh but lollygagged to third instead (he did eventually score, but the ends do not justify the means). In the ninth, he let a ball go by him rather than knock it down. I don’t care that the Cubs were up by ten runs — there is no excuse for playing less than your best, especially considering the salaries today’s players make.
Darwin Barney? That’s really his name?
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Cubs do it again at 7:30 PM EST on Wednesday night. Dillon Gee goes to the hill against Casey Coleman.
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