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?