Mets Game 72: Loss To Angels

Angels 7 Mets 3

The Mets remained gritty through the final inning, and had a little rally going, but like Friday night, it was too little, too late. A disappointing result for all the dads who are Mets fans.

Mets Game Notes

From the first inning, I saw Jon Niese’s arm angle a touch lower than normal and him using more side-to-side momentum than back-to-front. As a result, his arm was dragging behind, his elbow tended to be slightly below his shoulder height, and his pitches were just a bit higher than usual and command was off. Additionally, it was nearly impossible for Niese to get on top of his curveball and get good 12-6 spin. In other words, he was throwing on a level plane rather than a downward plane. This happened frequently last year when Niese was in love with his cutter, but in this game, the cutter had nothing to do with the mechanical issue. I’m not sure what was causing it, actually. My only guess is Niese’s tendency to over-rotate his front shoulder during the leg lift. Maybe he was turning that front shoulder just two or three inches more than he has been, and in turn, it has caused him to pivot more toward third base and open up his front side a half-second too early. Whatever his problem was, his command was off and he was hit hard. How hard? Eight hits and five earned runs in four innings.

The other two runs were given up by Manny Acosta, who allowed solo homers to Jeff Mathis and Vernon Wells. Acosta’s ERA is less than a half-run below ten.

Interestingly, the Mets saw 163 pitches to the Angels’ seeing 129. Obviously, all those “takes” didn’t matter.

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, the Mets mounted a rally in the ninth, and the 27th out was improperly called, as Scott Hairston appeared to beat out an infield grounder. However, I’m not sure it mattered; this was a game the Mets simply were not going to win. It was great, though, to see them fighting to the very last out.

Next Mets Game

The Mets take a day off as they wait for the Oakland Athletics to travel to Flushing for a three-game series that begins on Tuesday night. Game time is 7:10 PM and will match Dillon Gee against Josh Outman. Now that’s a great name for a pitcher.

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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. Aric June 20, 2011 at 1:55 am
    You need to change the score. You have the teams reversed.
    • Steve S. June 20, 2011 at 8:27 am
      Wishful thinking?
    • Joe Janish June 20, 2011 at 8:55 am
      Aric, I think you have it backward. It’s not ME who needs to change, it’s the Mets.

      But, I guess we can’t have things go the way I want them, so, thanks for alerting me — the score has been corrected.

      • Aric June 21, 2011 at 1:51 am
        haha, if the mets had earned that 7-3 typo win, i’d have been ecstatic. i agree, the mets need to change. this whole season doesn’t have to be an audition for jose to leave us.
  2. izzy June 20, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Least exciting Met/Angel series ever. First one Jose hit his first Grand Slammy. Second one Marlon Anderson hitas the inside the park job to send a loss into an eventual win, and then last tie the midnite massacre of Willie Randolph. This time, just a battle between two seemingly mediocre teams trying to reach .500
    • FrankTaveras June 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm
      Interleague play is stupid. It should end immediately. Either that or stop the World Series. Just make one huge league, everyone plays each other, and whoever finishes first at the end is the champion.
      • izzy June 21, 2011 at 8:40 am
        Why Frank, if they went to one big league why shouldn’t they have a championship. The NFL, NBA, NHL all have one big league and nobody complains that they follow the regular season with a playoff. Why does baseball get ostracized for doing what everyone else always did?
    • Mike June 21, 2011 at 10:14 am
      Izzy that was against Texas.