Mets Game 68: Win Over Braves

Mets 4 Braves 0

The Mets are starting to look like the best of the mediocre teams in the NL. Don’t believe it? Just look at their record: they’re finally at .500.

Mets Game Notes

Dillon Gee gave the Mets four stellar, shutout innings, allowing only one hit, two walks, and striking out five while lowering his season ERA to 2.86. The game was then delayed due to rain and lightning, and when game action resumed, both teams looked half-asleep (actually, the Braves hitters looked still asleep), which was great for the Mets since they had a three-zip lead. Unfortunately for Gee, it was one inning short of an official victory. Too bad, because he was cruising and seemed in line for win #8.

Strangely enough, Bobby Parnell was awarded the win instead of D.J. Carrasco, despite the fact that both pitched two innings apiece and Carrasco allowed no baserunners while Parnell allowed a single. I suppose the official scorer has something against people who use initials in place of their first name.

The Mets had the lead from the start, thanks to a Jose Reyes double and throwing error that pushed him to third; he scored on a groundout by Ruben Tejada. Then in the top of the fourth, the wind blew an Angel Pagan fly into the right field stands to give the Mets a three-run lead. They scratched out their fourth on a bases-loaded groundout by Reyes in the 7th.

Jason Bay had two hits — both singles, both line drives hit off of hanging breaking pitches. When Bay is “on”, he’d mash those for extra-base hits. But, we’ll take baby steps right now. Bay also stole a base; he’s trying to do everything he can to be productive, making it hard not to root for him through this tough time.

A little strange to see Josh Thole sac bunting with none out and men on first and second in the 7th. I get the idea of moving the runners when you have a three-run lead, but I don’t get doing it unless you have a batter at the plate who is a capable bunter — which Thole is not. I suppose there was also some concern that Thole might bounce into a double play. But still, you can’t bunt just because the situation calls for it — you have to have a person in the batter’s box who knows how to drop one down. As it was, Thole worked a walk to load the bases, so it didn’t matter. But, I tend to focus on the process, rather than the result.

In the top of the eighth, Angel Pagan was thrown out stealing. Pagan did not slide into second base and was tagged as he came in standing up. Had he slid, he might’ve had a shot to be safe. I have no idea why he didn’t slide. Either he had a brain freeze or maybe Dan Uggla somehow deked him? I can’t think of a reason why a runner would not slide into second, other than if the ball was hit.

Bobby Parnell was dominating, striking out 5 in his two-inning stint. He was hitting 98 MPH on the gun and getting third-strike swings and misses on the slider. I’d like to get excited about this but I’ve been fooled before. Can you blame me?

Hey, the Mets held the Braves to only two hits in this shutout. The fact the Braves packed it in after the rain delay might’ve had something to do with that, but it’s still impressive.

Frankie Rodriguez came in to a non-save situation to close out the game and earn his 27th “finish”. He’s almost halfway home to the pot of gold.

Next Mets Game

The Mets go for the sweep in Atlanta — which is much more rare than a full lunar eclipse — with a 7:10 PM starting time on Thursday. R.A. Dickey goes to the mound against 23-year-old lefty Mike Minor.

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. daxmontana June 16, 2011 at 12:24 am
    too bad manuel’s not around to see this.
    • Joe Janish June 16, 2011 at 12:55 am
      I can hear him laughing now ….
  2. gary s. June 16, 2011 at 1:53 am
    Joe, i don;t know if u watched during the rain delay, but the highlight of the evening was the showing of mets yearbook 1963, which was the last year in the Polo Grounds and the classic Casey Stengel interview with Lindsey Nelson with Casey explaining how babies first words were “metsie, metsie, metsie instead of mommy or daddy.Hilarious!!
    • murph June 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm
      I saw that. Casey was funny. Also interesting was the preview of the “modern” new stadium, Shea, still under construction.
      Highlights include things we now take for granted:
      No pillars! Escalators! Acres of parking! accessible by subway or LIRR! An electric scoreboard! (touted as the world’s most modern scoreboard at the time)

      Also: Modern ramps for easy exiting, and almost all of the seats are within the foul poles.

  3. Joe June 16, 2011 at 5:40 am
    What was the Mets record this time last year? Pretty decent. Then, they went in freefall in July and August. But, hey, live in the moment.

    I wonder what the official scorer’s logic was. Something to do with it being later in the game or something, maybe.

  4. Steve S. June 16, 2011 at 9:14 am
    Parnell’s slider was awesome, along with his 97-99 fastball! Future closer? Let’s see if he keeps this going!
  5. Mic June 16, 2011 at 9:30 am
    Not this year. Consider the injury to santana, bay, and jenry were central to that blow up.

    As for gee. That sucks. So of all the highly touted prospects look at gee. You must consid him a keeper! He is the poster child for the theory that control pitchers ( maddux, rick reed) are better than flame throwers. Whats the chances HIS arm falls off.

    Go dilon, keep up the great work. I hope he goes 15-0.

    • Joe June 16, 2011 at 11:12 am
      I hear the Yanks need pitching.
  6. Mike June 16, 2011 at 10:58 am
    Collins and Pagan both said he thought Bay made contact (aka foul ball). Yes slide anyway, but at least Collins has his back. Pagan knows better, and I think it was just a strange moment in a long night. On a brighter note Pagan being back has been great for this offense.

    Mets have scored just 6 runs less than the Phillies (and if it were not for their double header where they scored 13 total runs against the awful Marlins then the Mets would have more that the Phillies). This is without Wright and Davis and Pagan for much of the year. Also, in case you’ve missed it, Bay has been epically bad. The pitching has been fantastic. Hopefully, with Bay doing something eventually, Beltran staying in the lineup, the eventual returns of Johan-Wright-Davis, and Jose Reyes playing at an MVP-like level, this team can play into September with a chance to win the wild card.

    I’m not holding my breath, but as a fan why not hope?

  7. Rob June 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm
    Hey Joe: What are the rules in awarding a win to a pitcher in this situation. Gee threw four innings. Carasco and Parnell each threw two. How did Parnell get the win?



    • Joe Janish June 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm
      If the starting pitcher does not complete 5 innings then credit for the win is the official scorer’s discretion.

      I don’t know why the official scorer decided that Parnell’s 2 scoreless innings were more worthy than Carrasco’s 2 scoreless innings. On the one hand, Parnell struck out 5 but he allowed a hit, whereas Carrasco allowed no baserunners. Personally I don’t think a strikeout is any more valuable than any other type of out in terms of earning a win. Maybe the scorer thought that Parnell faced tougher hitters? Who knows?