Mets Game 92: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 7 Mets 2

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Mets Game Notes

R.A. Dickey just didn’t have it. His knuckler was flat, partly due, I think, to the rare still air in Citi Field. I was at the game and was surprised by the lack of wind — as well as the moderate humidity; very strange for a July evening in Flushing. Maybe the weather elements had nothing to do with it — it could have just been Dickey being inconsistent with his release point, since he had little command and was constantly falling behind hitters. Many of his knucklers were either hanging up too high and not dropping, or started out too low so batters were letting them go.

Meanwhile, the Mets could do nothing with Vance Worley, who didn’t look all that special. What he did was fairly simple: he spotted the ball in all four corners of the strike zone and changed speeds. When you vary location all over the zone — up and in, down and in, up and out, down and out — and mix in pitches at different speeds, you’re going to keep hitters off balance.

If John Mayberry, Jr., had sat out the game, the Mets might have won. Mayberry drove in 5 of the Phillies’ 7 runs.

If there was a positive about this game, it was a selfish one — I had the honor of watching the game with Ron Swoboda, Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool, and Jerry Koosman, courtesy of my friends at MintPros. Rusty Staub and Dwight Gooden also stopped in to say hello, which was a special treat. All of them were incredibly down to earth, classy gentlemen who simply enjoyed watching a ballgame and talking baseball.

Here are some photos from the evening:
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Next Mets Game

The Mets and Phillies do it again at 4:10 PM on Saturday afternoon. Jon Niese goes to the hill against Cole Hamels.

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. Tommy2cat July 16, 2011 at 6:52 am
    Joe –

    I attended the game with my family – 3 boys & lovely wife.

    Horrible experience. Mets never in it, Phillies fans everywhere. “Pyrotechnics NIght” a complete dud compared to Shea’s “Fireworks Night” performances, both during the game and after…

    Whose idea was it to keep the Ceasar’s, GEICO & Pepsi Cola signs on during the fireworks? And the 1986 music? Ouch!!!

    The game. Collins made a major mistake by having Byrdak intentionally walk Carlos Ruiz, a .260 hitter, to pitch to Brown, a lefty. If he believed Byrdak couldn’t get Ruiz out, then change pitchers, don’t add baserunners when you’re team is down 3 runs in a late-inning contest.

    I like Terry Collins alot, but he made a poor decision, which spawned another – putting Igarashi in with the bases loaded in a pressure situation. Iggy had a great run in AAA and needed a few clean innings to reinforce his success at the lower level. Iggy has had control issues in the past, so Collins did not exercise his best judgement in placing Iggy in a bases loaded situation against a division rival when we were trailing by 3 runs. Not good managing.

    Murphy looked good, Bay looked lost, Thole looked ineffectual and Turner got hosed by the official scorer who assumed a fielder’s choice from the outfield and deprived him of a legitimate single.

    Not down on Tejada. Ibanez – who had a great game – robbed him of a double. And the error…I knew that ball was going to give Ruben a problem from the outset. It was a 2-3 hop shot off a lefty hitter that was tailing away from him – its a difficult play for an infielder because normally he’ll use his feet to get in front of it. In this instance, he got handcuffed trying to backhand it. Oddly, it would’ve been an easier play if the ball was just a bit further away from him.

    The Mets should find a way to keep Beltran for the next 3 years, and give Reyes whatever he wants.

    Glad Wright is returning. Word is that doctors told him to reduce his muscle mass to decrease pressure on his frame. I have always thought that a less bulky Wright was a better hitter and better ballplayer. He’s not meant to be a pure power hitter.

    When Wright returns, I’d like to see Murphy go to first & Turner remain at second, with Tejada close at hand for late-inning defensive replacement and occasional start to spell Reyes at short and situational starts at second where better defense is required.

    Unless I see something from Duda within the next 2 weeks, he’s gotta go. I am so disappointed in his overall performance because I expected so much more from him.

    Lots to do, my friend, lots to do…

  2. Tommy2cat July 16, 2011 at 6:56 am
    Nice photos.
  3. Mic July 16, 2011 at 8:13 am
    Nice work guys.

    Btw. Any comment on krods latest twist?

    • Nick July 16, 2011 at 9:23 am
      At first glance it seems like an embarrassment for the Mets. As I understand it, Brewers and KROD turn the vesting option into a mutual option and if it’s not picked up, they increase the buyout from $3.5m to $4m, basically paying him an extra $500k this year and not having to deal with an expensive vesting option. Which Mets fan wouldn’t take Krod for an extra $500k, no vesting option, and maybe even a compensation pick when he leaves in free agency? Not many. Especially since we sent enough money to cover half of his salary + the buyout.
      I read a baseball blog that explained why upon further review, this new reworked option was not something the Mets could have done. The two situations are different, Krod with the Mets meant his option was almost certainly going to vest. Therefore even if Krod wanted to rework the option, it makes no sense for him to take much of a discount on the $17m that he was almost certain to get. But Krod with the Brewers is an entirely different situation, he is not their closer and thus they have more control over his games finished, even if their closer goes down, than the Mets did. So now the $17m vesting option is so unlikely it might as well be a moot point, and Krod doesn’t have the leverage to get a big payout in reworking the option, whereas he did with the Mets.
  4. NormE July 16, 2011 at 8:54 am
    Thanks for sharing the photos. Koosman and Rusty were
    always favorites. Who’s the younger guy, Joe something or other?
  5. Joe July 16, 2011 at 10:52 am
    Vance Worley sounds like some sort of old lounge act or something. He started what can be a tedious weekend: they will now have to struggle to win one game against the back-end of the Phillies staff.

    Putting Iggy in that situation was misguided for the reason offered by another comment. The fact that Dickey gave them seven shows his value. But, once those three runs were scored, you kinda knew the game was over.