Mets Game 92: Loss to Phillies
Phillies 7 Mets 2
Back to the Flushing .500.
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:
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.