Mets Game 132: Win Over Marlins

Mets 5 Marlins 1

The Mets pull off a doubleheader sweep, as Bobby Parnell saves two games in one day. Did anyone notice amphibians falling from the sky or horses running through the outfield? Hey, we’ve also experienced an earthquake and a hurricane so I’m not taking anything for granted …

Mets Game Notes

Dillon Gee gave the Mets six solid innings against a depleted Marlins lineup, allowing only one run on six hits and a walk in a 101-pitch, six-inning effort. Gee mixed and matched fastballs off the outside corner with changeups down and just enough breaking pitches to keep the Fish off-balance. Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta, and Bobby Parnell spun three frames of scoreless relief to put the game away.

Meanwhile, the Mets offense teed off on Ricky Nolasco, scoring four times against him on nine hits. They touched reliever Jose Ceda — who appeared to be Armando Benitez in disguise — for another run in the final frame.

Interestingly, there were no walks drawn by the team second in the NL in that category. It appeared to me that the Mets were looking to turn the tables on the scouting report and swing early on counts — and Nolasco did not recognize the change and did not adjust. Will they keep up this strategy or only use it in spots to throw teams off? We’ll soon see.

Nick Evans remains red-hot, collecting another two hits, including a double. He’s now hitting .300 on the season, which is quite a feat considering he was under .200 exactly a week ago.

Willie Harris, David Wright, and Ruben Tejada also had two hits apiece; Wright had a double and Tejada a triple.

Jose Reyes returned to the lineup and the leadoff spot and went 1-for-4, dropping his NL-leading batting average to .336. He did score a run, though.

Mike Nickeas caught the entire game. A few times, I noticed that he had some issues tossing the ball back to the pitcher. Hopefully this isn’t the start of Mackey Sasser -like yips.

The Marlins were 0-for-10 with RISP. Remember when the Mets used to do that?

Four wins in a row, folks … ride the wave while it lasts …

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Marlins do it again at 7:10 PM at Citi Field on Tuesday evening. Mike Pelfrey goes to the hill against Javier Vazquez.

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 30, 2011 at 12:41 am
    Technically it wasn’t a save in the 2nd game, but it really
    was for the Mets.
    What’s with Collins and the removal of Beato for Acosta? He either has more faith in Acosta than is warranted, or he has lost faith in Beato (also probably warranted).
    What bothered me about Parnell in the first game was giving Sanchez an 0-2 pitch that he could hit out. I hate giving up hits on 0-2, especially homers.
    • Jimmy Prinzler August 30, 2011 at 12:57 am
      Norm, same here. I dont understand Collins move on Beato/Acosta. I would understand if Collins take out Beato and bring in Byrdak. If Sandy wants to win, get veteran and winning head coach!
    • Joe August 30, 2011 at 6:57 am
      It was suggested that since Beato walked a guy on four pitches after two quick outs, the hook was a message. Acosta lately has been reliable.

      Up 5-1, the Marlins looking rather hopeless, it seemed a bit silly to pitch Parnell a second time in one day. The team is playing LOT of games in upcoming days.

    • Joe Janish August 30, 2011 at 11:02 am
      Technically, no, it wasn’t a save per MLB rules but we were told that Bobby Parnell would be pitching in “save situations” … so doesn’t that make it count?
    • Paul August 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm
      Parnell = Sam Malone of Cheers fame.
  2. Jimmy Prinzler August 30, 2011 at 12:51 am
    Janish,

    4 wins in a row against NL foes? Are we talking about same Mets team??? By the way Parnell did not get a “S” in 2nd game. I asked you twice to check your message and you could have replied it. I’m just trying to help your business with my community. I hope 3rd try will be a success, if not it’s all good.

    • Joe Janish August 30, 2011 at 11:00 am
      Jimmy, my apologies, I don’t check my FB messages very often. Please check FB, I replied to you and included my personal email — please use that to contact me. Thanks.
  3. Timo August 30, 2011 at 9:44 am
    Don’t understand why Tejada is playing 2nd base. I understand Reyes is back, so Tejada should be a bench player and Turner should play 2nd for the rest of the year to see what he can do. This will give us a good idea of what we have at 2nd.
    • Mel August 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm
      Tejada is a better fielder by far and Tejada has a much higher average than Turner. (282 to 257). Turner has had a lot more playing Turner has had more than a fair share to show hios stuff. He should only play when Rubin is playing for Jose.
      • gary s. August 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm
        neither guy is very good, so what difference does it make?I’m hoping reese havens can stay in one piece and make the big club sometimes in 2012.
      • Joe Janish August 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm
        Adam Rubin? I know he lobby the Mets for a job, did he finally get one? I’m anxious to see him turn the DP; he looks like a feisty Eckstein-type.

        😉