Mets Game 110: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 4 Mets 3

I don’t even know where to begin.

Mets Game Notes

So, the crazy thing is, I look at Justin Turner and think, “here’s one of the guys who is fundamentally solid, who plays the game the right way, who isn’t going to blow a game by making a mental error.” And yet, it could be argued that Turner made a game-losing error that was both physical and mental. The bottom line is that Turner flaked; he had a brain freeze. It makes me wonder: is bad baseball an epidemic in Flushing? Does the consistent ineptitude of players like Dan Murphy and Angel Pagan rub off on the other players? I never thought such a thing was possible, but suddenly I have doubts.

It didn’t help that Jason Isringhausen set up the erroneous situation by walking Logan Morrison, allowing Mike Cameron (who is hitting below his weight) to single, and then hitting John Buck with a pitch to load the bases. Maybe that ground ball turns into an inning-ending / game-ending double play; or, maybe only one out is executed and the score is tied. In any case, loading the bases with one out in the ninth inning of a one-run game creates a situation where there is little margin for error. So when an error occurs, well, people cross the plate.

In an effort to separate myself from the debacle that was the ninth inning, I’ll mention that Chris Capuano pitched an admirable game, allowing two runs (on two solo homers), four hits, and two walks in six innings of work. He was followed by Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell, who spun two scoreless frames before Izzy shat the bed (with help from Turner) for the second time in 48 hours.

It should be noted that with this loss, the Mets fall back to .500, and are now even with the Marlins at 55-55. So if the Marlins win on Wednesday, they will surge ahead of the Mets in the standings. Furthermore, the Nationals beat the Braves, so now the Nats are 53-56 — which is two games behind in the win column but only one game behind in the loss column. So, who out there is still blabbing about a Wild Card berth?

Next Mets Game

The Mets will try to avoid being swept at home in a game that begins at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Dillon Gee faces Clay Hensley. It seems as though the Mets face Hensley twice a week, doesn’t it?

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. NormE August 3, 2011 at 1:19 am
    • Joe Janish August 3, 2011 at 11:07 am
      woops … fat finger syndrome and too late in the evening for proper editing … thanks Norm!
  2. gary s. August 3, 2011 at 1:25 am
    Grateful that i only have to attend one more ballgame at citicavern this year after attending tonights rerun of last nights game.It appears that Danny Murphy syndrome has now infected Justin Turner.Hopefully a vaccine will be discovered before the whole team is infected.Isringhausen appears to be close to succumbing to the dreaded syndrome which robs players of any idea how to perform at a major league level.
  3. izzy August 3, 2011 at 6:15 am
    Where are all the guys celebrating that feel good story? Generation K is nothing more than an evil entity heaped upon the Mets by the entity posing as an enraged baseball god. The god, obviously a fan of KRODS 55 finishes, was re awoken when Sandy Alderson kicked KROD out of town and now the Mets will be punished for years to come……again.
    On the bright side, we shouldn’t have to endure the Gary Cohen lines trying to make us think the Mets can make the wild card for much longer.
    I wonder how that tutoring is coming along. Hey Izzy, Parnell already knows how to let an inning implode!
  4. Florian August 3, 2011 at 8:12 am
    Would those errors still happen when the Mets were more often leading by 2 or 3 runs before the last inning? In other words, yes, the Mets have the occasional winning stretch this season, but maybe they are just exhausted when performing that way, simply because they are an above-average team and don’t have many reserves.
    They should not commit these errors, but their game-play should be good enough that they don’t matter much.Or are these errors really unexplainable and non-excusable?
    • Joe August 3, 2011 at 9:05 am
      The lack of margin of error does lead to pressing as does repeatedly having no margin of error — it feeds on itself.

      Mediocre teams can take the pressure less. The Mets have to deal with what they have. They have to find a way to eke out another run or two in games of this nature.

      They play the Marlins and Nats a combined 36 or so times. They should be able to find a way to do this. Oh well.

      • Joe Janish August 3, 2011 at 11:34 am
        Florian, Joe took the words out of my mouth.

        Because there is so much time in between the action in baseball, succeeding at the sport is reliant on mental preparation and managing both thoughts and emotions. In other words, “focus” is key. It’s impossible to be 100% focused throughout every second of a ballgame, but what the best players do is find a way to manage their focus or time frames of “altertness” — and it has to be balanced with the mental prep (i.e., “what will I do with the ball if it’s hit to me?”). Many players develop a rhythm to stay focused, and sometimes things happen that break that rhythm. With Turner’s error last night, I think it was a case of him either losing his “focus rhythm” or simply not considering the possibility of getting the ball where he fielded it and tagging the runner. An infielder has to run through at least a dozen different scenarios in his head before every pitch is thrown. My guess is Turner hadn’t “pre-thought” about the specific play that developed, he couldn’t think quickly enough about what was the best decision, and got caught in-between.

        Generally speaking, the longer a person plays a particular position — and in turn has more repetition — the less likely “brain freezes” like this occur. Some people call them “instincts” but really it’s more a function of experience than a natural aptitude.

  5. Joe August 3, 2011 at 8:19 am
    Turner did have a stretch where his fielding was a bit questionable but you did expect more out of him. But, the team against the Marlins and Nats repeatedly are in nailbiter mode. No margin for error.

    And, they repeatedly have made errors. We can target Murphy or even Pagan, but they are not alone here. It’s rather aggravating to watch. Same old Mets syndrome. They better snap out of it.

    To add insult, apparently if Izzy would have pitched five more pitches or something on Monday, he wouldn’t have been out there last night. They could have mixed and matched after Acosta (it’s the hair)/Parnell shined. After Izzy’s perf on Monday, that would have made sense.

    This has been a horrible stretch. Total summer blah.

  6. gary s. August 3, 2011 at 8:53 am
    I agree.Collins could have been a lillte more creative in the 9th.Parnell struck out the last 2 batters in the 8th with unhittable 100 mph gas.He could have started the inning with him, amd mixed and matched with byrdak or igarashi if parnell was ineffective.Using old man Izzy two nights in a row did not make sense
  7. SiddFinch August 3, 2011 at 10:15 am
    ole Bob Murphy must be spinnin’ in his grave about now after these two games.Could just imagine what he would’ve said from announcer booth after Turner’s miscue. “Oh, my looks like Mets bumbled another one….”
    • Joe August 3, 2011 at 10:23 am
      That’s why they have erasers on pencils …

      He probably would come off better than Gary, whose voice grates when some Mets miscue results in something like this.

      Oh … the final score was 4-3. [If it is corrected, the original heading said “4-2”] Seems almost fitting really.

      • Joe Janish August 3, 2011 at 11:39 am
        Thanks Joe, the score is corrected. I tend to make more errors when I file stories after midnight!
    • izzy August 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm
      Murph was in the booth in ’62. He would have felt like deja vu all over again…..
  8. The Real Murph August 3, 2011 at 10:37 am
    Well, Hiiii Everybody!

    It’s a puurfeict dehy to discuss Mets basebahll.

    Last night, Justin Turner misplehyed a lyyyiene smaysh hit right at him; turning a taylor-made double play ball into a victory for the Marlins. We’ll be back with an unhappy recap in just a moment.


  9. NormE August 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    Joe J., look on the bright side.
    The way they are playing, there is no baseball reason for a Mets fan to stay up late at night. A good night’s sleep is
    better than watching a reliever implode, or watching a baserunner imitate Ichabod Crane, or watching a fielder
    brain freeze, etc.
    • Joe Janish August 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm
      Norm, thank you, but one thing you forgot … can you please direct me to the “bright side” ?????


  10. Mic August 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    Krod comeback, we miss you…