Mets 7 Marlins 5
The score was closer than that. Then it wasn’t. Then it was. Follow?
Mets Game Notes
The game was 4-2 from the third inning until the 8th, and then the Mets went ahead 7-2 in the bottom of the 8th. Had the game finished that way, I would have opened this post with, “the score was closer than it looks”, because it was a two-run game for the majority of the contest. But then D.J. Carrasco was brought in to finish up, and he couldn’t finish. Instead, he allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning (with help from “closer” Bobby Parnell), about two minutes after Gary Cohen publicly announced the recent about-face of the Mets bullpen. Next time I bet Gary won’t speak so soon.
Still, the Mets won, and wily veteran Miguel Batista earned the victory — his first as a Met and the 100th of his career. Batista put in a workmanlike job, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks in a six-inning effort.
Pedro Beato threw a scoreless inning of relief, though he ran into a hint of trouble after getting two quick outs. Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez suggested that Beato gets into trouble when he “overthrows”. That is part, but not all of the story in my opinion. I believe he appears to be overthrowing because his body is fatigued from a long MLB season of regular bullpen duty. As a result, his mechanics are breaking down, and thus he’s over-using his arm to propel the baseball.
Manny Acosta threw a clean, 7-pitch inning. I am still not going to believe, I still don’t trust him. Also, I think the aggressive Fish hitters helped him. That doesn’t mean I’m taking anything away from the performance — I’m just skeptical that he can be that effective over the course of a full season.
Josh Thole left the game in the second inning with a contusion on his wrist. It looked like he got crossed up, with Batista throwing a fastball when Thole was expecting something else. The pitch bounced directly off the inside of his wrist and deflected into his chest protector. Ouch. There is some speculation that it may be broken.
In the ninth inning, with two outs, the Mets up by four, and runners on second and third, Emilio Bonifacio hit a single up the middle. Angel Pagan charged and threw the ball far over second base and into an area between third base and the mound. It was nowhere close to being a throw to second, and it wasn’t a throw toward home. To me, it looked like another brain freeze by Pagan — a situation where Pagan wasn’t sure where he was supposed to throw, so he just put it into Area 51. The play was kind of glossed over but it represents another head-shaking moment.
Next Mets Game
There will be no more games against the Marlins for at least three days. Instead, the Mets will travel down to Washington DC to play the Nationals in a weekend series. Game one begins at 7:05 PM. The pitching matchup is R.A. Dickey vs. Ross Detwiler.
About the Author
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.