Mets Game 120: Loss to Diamondbacks

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Remember when the Mets were four games over .500? It wasn’t that long ago. Well now they’re four games under .500 for the first time since June 4th.

Mets Game Notes

Chris Capuano did his usual thing: complete six so-so innings. In those six frames he allowed 4 runs on 9 hits, walking none, striking out 6. Not quite good enough to qualify as a “quality start”.

Meanwhile, Jason Marquis shut down the Mets while pitching on one leg. OK, that’s not entirely true; Marquis allowed one run in 3 1/3 before leaving with a broken leg. The crazy thing is that Marquis was hit by a line drive off the bat of Angel Pagan in the third inning, and Marquis stayed in the game, finished the inning, and pitched to another three batters in the fourth before exiting. True grit?

The Mets showed plenty of spunk, staying close and keeping the game interesting. Unfortunately, they couldn’t come through with the big hit when opportunities presented themselves. Such is this game of baseball.

Pagan had a good ballgame at the plate, going 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot. Lucas Duda also stayed hot, with two RBI and two hits — including a solo homer in the fourth off of one-legged Marquis.

Next Mets Game

The Mets move on to San Diego to play another three games against the Padres. Game one is on Monday night at 10:05 PM EST (yawn!). R.A. Dickey is scheduled to pitch against Aaron Harang.

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. Jimmy Prinzler August 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    Janish,

    With a run down to 8th and Collins acted like its 8-1 game!!! How can Collins leave Igarashi in with bases loaded after gave up a HBP, a walk , a single.

    • Joe Janish August 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm
      I think Collins was just out of relievers. He seemed to be intent on staying away from Parnell and Carrasco, and he wasn’t going to Izzy that early.
  2. Tommy2cat August 15, 2011 at 3:35 am
    Hi Joe –

    Place this loss at the feet of Wright & Bay for failing in obvious RBI situations. Most disturbing to watch both hitters fail to make adjustments to pitches on the outer part of the plate. Both hitters pulled off the ball and struck out.

    Wright’s was more disturbing because Turner was on 2nd with none out and he failed to move him to 3rd on pitches to the outer half of the plate.

    Bay’s at bat just flat out sucked. He appeared determined to be just like David in his own Canadian way.

    Not happy.

  3. Tommy2cat August 15, 2011 at 3:43 am
    And both of them looked at pitches that split the plate before whiffing at balls that bordered the batters box for a left-handed hitter.

    This Mets team is known for working the count, and it appears teams are challenging our hitters early in the count. Our hitters are not answering the call.

    Frustrating to watch pro hitters take pitches that split the plate and swing feebly at pitches well off the plate.

    I dunno. Maybe Chip Hale should call time-out and speak with both hitters mid at-bat to remind them to look for pitches away and lay off those out of the strike zone – in a Little League sort of way.

    I don’t know how else to arrest their futility.

    • Joe Janish August 15, 2011 at 9:27 am
      I was also frustrated watching those two at-bats. It was 100% clear that Owings was going to throw his rinky-dink cutter off the outside corner on every pitch until Wright/Bay either walked or struck out. They either should have stood right on top of the plate, up in the box, and tried to poke the pitch to RF or just taken the pitches until they walked. Owings’ cutter is not like Mariano’s — it’s hittable.

      One thing I’ve never understood is MLB hitters who refuse to make adjustments to their setup during an at-bat. If a pitcher is so obviously going to the outer half, move! If Micah Owings tries to bust Wright in with his 87-MPH fastball, I’m sure David has the bat speed to adjust.

      • Joe August 15, 2011 at 10:03 am
        Yeah, those things drive me crazy. I thought the team had a new philosophy of working counts and all. But, in various key moments, top players wasted at bats. It’s frustrating to watch and moments like that add up. Another was that home run given up to one of the few players that they have that will beat ya. Cappy tried to challenge the guy twice. Two outs, no one on, one run lead, that’s dumb.
        • Tommy2cat August 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm
          Yeah – Cappy got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Got greedy.
      • Tommy2cat August 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm
        Precisely. Wright & Bay are at their best when the use their opposite hitting skill and power.

        Look – if they just TRIED and it didn’t work out – line shot caught, long foul ball, hit a vulture…whatever…I could live with it.

        Its the lack of mindful preparation and lack of aggression within the moment that frustrates me most. After Turner hit that tracer in the gap, you KNOW that Owings is going to stay away – Wright & Bay should’ve had him in shark-infested waters.

        Unfortunately, those two are so mindful of being politically correct that they leave their killer instinct, if they have one, somewhere in the locker room.

        DANG!!!

      • Tommy2cat August 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm
        A little off-topic, but I’d like to see the Mets pull off a trade that involved Pelfrey, Murphy & Pagan for Baltimore’s Adam Jones & spare change.

        Murphy is built for the American League.

        We need guys like Adam Jones,

        Perhaps we could pull a similar trade with Turner, Ike & a pitching prospect for Andrew McCutcheon.

        Break the bank for Prince Fielder.

        Outfield: Bay, Jones, McCutcheon

        Infield: Wright, Reyes, Havens, Fielder

        Catcher: Thole & Paulino

        Reyes
        McCutcheon
        Wright
        Fielder
        Jones
        Havens
        Bay
        Thole/Paulino

        I drive myself nuts with this stuff. 🙂

  4. Joe August 15, 2011 at 8:37 am
    While you are falling off the cliff, please don’t hit that poor coyote down there.