Mets Game 54: Loss to Pirates
Pirates 5 Mets 1
For seven innings, R.A. Dickey’s dancing dipsy-doodle devoured the Pittsburgh Pirates batters. If this were a high school game, Dickey would’ve finished with a shutout victory. Unfortunately, they play nine-inning contests in the Major Leagues.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey had a great knuckler on this evening; it was dipping and diving with sharp, late, unhittable movement. He was outstanding through seven shutout innings, striking out a career-high ten and allowing only five hits. Unfortunately, the Bucs got to him in the eighth, and since the Mets offense was paralyzed by Pirate pitching, he was saddled with the loss.
If you want to be a Monday-morning quarterback, you could argue with Terry Collins’ decision to leave Dickey in the game to face Neil Walker after Dickey walked Andrew McCutchen to load the bases. Walker wound up lashing a two-run single to give the Bucs the lead. However, I would argue that Dickey’s knuckler was very effective, and I’m not sure that Jason Isringhausen would have definitely fared better in that situation. Furthermore, the Mets didn’t score any more runs, so what’s the difference?
Bobby Parnell tossed a highly ineffective two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits, a walk, and a stolen base in a 32-pitch inning. On the bright side, he was throwing 96+ MPH, and touched triple digits once or twice. Though, not sure that it matters, since he wasn’t throwing strikes.
Speaking of Parnell’s velocity, Ron Darling made an extremely irresponsible comment while Bobby was throwing those bullets. Darling pointed out Parnell’s front (left) shoulder, and how it “jerked” toward first base during the delivery. He went on to say that this jerking motion of the front shoulder is the reason Parnell can throw so fast. Let’s get something crystal-clear: just because Ron Darling pitched in MLB and is a Yale graduate, does not make him an expert on biomechanics. The fact that Parnell’s shoulder “jerks” is NOT necessarily an indication of a high-velocity thrower. In fact, such an action could actually REDUCE velocity, depending on the timing. So, please, parents, do not instruct your kids to “jerk your front shoulder” this weekend. And kids, don’t believe everything you hear — even if it comes from someone who you think should be an “expert”. Most current and former MLBers have absolutely no idea how the human body works (even the “smart” ones), and many made it as far as they did based on incredible, god-given athleticism that allowed them to perform better than others in spite of incorrect mechanics.
Angel Pagan and Dan Murphy had four of the Mets six hits on the night. Pirates starter James McDonald looked good, but not dominating; the offensive output was disappointing. The only run scored when Jason Bay hit a worm-beating, swinging bunt that he beat out for an infield hit to drive in Angel Pagan in the first frame. That one-run lead looked like it might hold up as R.A. was amazing until the 8th. Oh well.
The Mets have now gone ten straight games without a homerun, the longest streak in MLB and their longest since 1980.
Next Mets Game
The third game of this four-game series against the Pirates begins at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Chris Capuano faces Kevin Correia.