Mets 6 Braves 0
Irene may have been on everyone’s minds, but it was Chris Capuano who blew away the Braves like a hurricane.
Mets Game Notes
Chris Capuano completed his first game and pitched his first shutout in five years; it was the fourth CG and third SHO of his career. Additionally, he established a career high in strikeouts with 13. Allowing only two baserunners –one single, one double — it was easily Cappy’s best performance of 2011 and the best pitched-game by a Met starter all season. To top it all off, it was the first nine-inning complete game by a Met in 2011 and the first shutout of the year as well. What else is there to say? He was spectacular.
How did he do it? Mainly by getting the Braves hitters to chase the slider and the change-up below and outside the strike zone, then mixing in just enough chest-high fastballs to completely confuse them. It seemed like the Braves were looking for the fastball and getting fooled by the slider and change early in the game, then when they started looking for the offspeed and breaking stuff, Capuano shocked them with the fastball. A masterpiece of mixing pitches.
Meanwhile, the usually difficult-to-hit Tim Hudson was very hittable; he allowed 11 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings. What is it about the Mets — or is it New York? — that causes Hudson to be so ineffective? Is it intimidating to have a river and a county the same as his namesake just a few miles away? Is his mind on hitting the Shake Shack after the game? Does he suffer an upset stomach from kimchi at a pre-game Korean BBQ?
Along the same lines, Jonny Venters also seems to struggle more against the Mets than he does against the rest of the NL. And why he was inserted into a 4-0 game is anyone’s guess.
The Mets offense was ignited by Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada at the top of the order; they combined to go 6-for-10 with two doubles and two runs scored. Lucas Duda did his job in the cleanup spot, going 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI.
Next Mets Game
Due to some chick named Irene crashing the party in Flushing, the Mets-Braves games on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled. The next scheduled game is part one of a doubleheader against the Marlins on Monday. More news when it comes. In the meantime, stay safe, friends.
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