Mets Game 143: Loss to Braves

Braves 5 Mets 1

The Mets get swept in a doubleheader of games originally blown away by Hurricane Irene.

Mets Game Notes

Dillon Gee had the Braves befuddled by his changeup, and he kept it mostly out of the strike zone low. However, his fastball command was inconsistent, which caused him to struggle in nearly every inning — though he was able to work out of trouble, evidenced by his allowing just two runs in six innings.

Meanwhile, the Mets had their hands full with rookie Julio Teheran, who I can assure you is NOT from Iran. The 20-year-old had his fastball running into the mid-90s for the first four frames, and finished five and a third, allowing one run on five hits and two walks. Teheran didn’t dominate, but he did show impressive, big-league-ready stuff. He earned his first MLB victory with this effort, and it appears to me that he’ll have at least a few dozen more in his future.

Danny Herrera pitched both ends of this doubleheader, totaling 3 innings, striking out two, and allowing one hit — the first baserunner he has allowed since donning the orange and blue.

Pedro Beato was not so effective in his two-inning stint. He threatened to allow the cycle, giving up a walk, double, triple, and a homer — and two earned runs — over 35 pitches. I stand by my assertion that Beato is exhausted and as a result his mechanics are breaking down. Further, I don’t like nor understand using him for more than one inning. He should be used as a one-inning guy — or, make him a starter and have him throw once every five days. His mechanics are too inconsistent and break down too quickly when he reaches fatigue.

Val Pascucci made his Mets debut, and lined a wicked single in his first MLB at-bat since 2004. “Scooch” is a large, large man; he looks to me like a high school football, offensive line coach — the guy who stands on top of the blocking sled barking at the lineman to “drive your legs!” and calling them sissies and whatnot to motivate them. I can picture him walking around with a two-foot stick, whacking guards and tackles on the butt for setting up too widely on the line of scrimmage.

Each team had seven hits and ten total baserunners, but the Braves, obviously, were more efficient with their allotment.

I didn’t see anything in the game notes, but it appeared as though Atlanta shortstop Alex Gonzalez was either sick or exhausted or both. He was going through the motions offensively, looking slow and lazy at bat and jogging instead of running down the first base line. It was as if Yunel Escobar was still playing shortstop for the Braves. Maybe Gonzalez is more of a dog than I remember?

Next Mets Game

The Mets stay home to host the Cubs for a weekend series. Game one begins 7:10 PM on Friday night. Mike Pelfrey faces Casey Coleman.

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  1. Timo September 9, 2011 at 9:02 am
    I got hit harder watching this doubleheader than I did with Irene. The Mets really need to make changes next year. I get they are giving everyone a chance which is great but we really don’t have much. Starting pitching (outside Pelf) is pretty good. I like RAD, Gee, and Both Leftys (Johan should come back but won’t be a #1). However, the rest of the team really is mediocre to poor.
    • Joe Janish September 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm
      Don’t worry, Timo, there will be PLENTY of changes. For one, there will be a new shortstop — though I’m not sure he’ll be better than the current one, no matter who it is. And hopefully Ike Davis will be healthy again, which means that maybe the Mets will consider moving Nick Evans to the outfield. Certainly, there will be changes in the bullpen. My guess is there will be an interesting trade or two this winter, and a few more of those scrap-heap free-agent signings. Next year’s Mets will look fairly different from the team we saw for most of this year …. but whether that means they’ll be better is anyone’s guess.