Mets Game 155: Loss to Cardinals

Cardinals 6 Mets 5

It’s official: the Mets will finish the 2011 season with a losing record. Great job, guys. Don’t worry about the won-loss record, all that matters is you battled. Yeah.

Mets Game Notes

Chris Schwinden was the recipient of some bad breaks that led to three runs in the first two frames — Lucas Duda misplayed some balls and there were some hits that could be viewed as “lucky”. At the same time, he was also lucky to work out of some tough spots. The bottom line is this: Schwinden does not, right now, look like he can be an effective MLB starter. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt, however, since he is past his “innings limit” for the year — and Lord knows that young men can only throw so many innings lest their arms fall off (so says an SI journalist who never played above little league and does not hold a medical degree of any sort). Seriously though, Schwinden was not conditioned to pitch this far into the year, so for all we know he could be fatigued. What I saw from him in this game was a breaking ball that did not have enough velocity to fool hitters, and a fastball that was far too “hittable”. Yes, he was the victim of some bad breaks, but at the same time the Redbirds were hitting him hard — even the outs and foul balls.

The Mets received a few breaks of their own and took a 4-3 lead in the top of the third. That held up until the seventh, when Miguel Batista and Danny Herrera showed why they were cut loose by other teams and the still-fatigued Pedro Beato shat the bed. Beato allowed a three-run homer to David Freese to give the Cards the victory.

After the game, Terry Collins mentioned that he gave Beato 5 days of rest and that Beato insists that he isn’t hurting — but Collins also pointed out that Beato’s velocity was below 90 MPH and perhaps he has a “dead arm”. I HATE when baseball people use that term “dead arm”, because a) it means they don’t have an explanation; and b) “dead arm” is an ACTUAL MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS that NO PITCHER WANTS TO HAVE. So anytime a knucklehead baseball guy says “dead arm”, he’s saying something that most likely means nothing because they think it is a vague term blaming the baseball gods, yet could confuse informed people because in fact it is supposed to mean something very specific regarding a pitcher’s arm that could lead to a labrum tear or other rotator cuff injury. So, when Collins says Beato has a “dead arm”, it’s kind of like Collins saying that the car won’t start because it’s out of gas — even though the gas tank might be full. You know what I’m sayin’? Eh, whatever.

I’m going to try very hard to be positive but at this point it’s difficult. Hey, Willie Harris went 3-for-4, made a diving catch to save three runs, and hit a solo homer in the ninth to make it a one-run game. If he wasn’t 147 years old and not part of the future these facts might excite me.

The Mets had 7 hits and did not draw a bases on balls. They were 1-for-3 with RISP and left two runners on base. Interesting, right?

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series in St. Louis begins at 1:45 PM EDT. Chris Capuano faces Jake Westbrook.

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. Chris September 22, 2011 at 2:29 am
    I keep wondering whether you are depressed or in some way an unhappy person, Joe. You are always so negative in these writeups. A couple of weeks ago you even compared these Mets to the hopeless (and hapless) Mets of the early ’70s, to which I didn’t have time to respond but will now. C’mon it’s not that bad – the Mets are on the upswing.

    -They have some guys who are above-average position players like Wright, Reyes, and Ike. Debatable as to whether these guys are top stars, but definitely at a minimum they are above-average regulars.

    -They have some solid young players like Murphy, Duda, Valdespin, Havens, Niewenhaus, dan Dekker, and others who probably won’t be stars, but I think they’ll be contributors to the big league team or valuable trade chips.

    -They have a solid group of up and coming pitchers in Niese, Gee, Wheeler, Harvery, Familia, Mejia, Akeel Morris, Tapia, and others.

    -They have a terrific front office led by one of the first GMs to utilize statistics, Sandy Alderson, plus some top assistants in Ricciardi and De Podesta. These guys compare to M. Donald Grant and his deputies running the Mets?

    Things could be worse – a lot worse. For the first time in a few years, I think we’re moving in the right direction.

    • izzy September 22, 2011 at 5:46 am
      Well Chris, you don’t like negative write ups. Are you celebrating another season with a losing record. All that talent…. If the team had talent it would have a winning record despite the problems and the injuries, I guess you would be sad if you were a Phillie fan having to digest a 5th straight division crown Oh well, good someone enjoys this crap outfit.
    • Joe Janish September 22, 2011 at 11:47 am
      Thanks for the positive points, Chris.

      Depressed? Not so much as ambivalent. No worries, I won’t be jumping off a bridge anytime soon. It’s more about hearing the same old crap (i.e., great prospects, smart leadership, blah blah blah) for the past 10 years yet seeing the same results. What, does no one remember how “smart” Omar Minaya was back in 2004? Funny how losing changes perception.

      I don’t see stats evaluation nor the “genius” of the front office as optimistically as others. To me it is just a new set of faces delivering a new spin on old messages. The only difference now is that they are going to spend drastically less money. Ultimately the people at the top are unchanged, so it’s hard to expect improvement.

  2. Joe September 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    “It’s official: the Mets will finish the 2011 season with a losing record. Great job, guys. Don’t worry about the won-loss record, all that matters is you battled. Yeah. ”

    The issue is if they are going in the right direction & if they were in a rebuilding year, yeah, battling with what they had is to be complimented. Maybe they aren’t really going in the right direction. If so, still, since battling isn’t “all” that mattered, this doesn’t work for me.

    As to not being excited about Harris’ catch, well, one can be excited about actual individual baseball games. If they managed one more out in the 7th (big ‘if’ sure), it would have been the guy’s first win & old man Harris would have helped him out.

    Relievers giving up hits to the Cards given the run they are on don’t really tell me much, especially since the same relievers didn’t give runs up to other teams in various cases and as the Rays, Sox and Braves’ pens are giving up runs to even the likes of the Mets (how low!) these days too.

    The Mets are just doing their part in keeping September pennant races alive. No thanks necessary MLB.