Mets 9 Marlins 3
What a difference a day makes.
Mets Game Notes
Nice win for the Mets. For the first time in a long time, the Mets were in control of a ballgame from the get-go, and never relented. Once they went up 3-1, I never had even an ounce of doubt that they’d come away victorious.
Part of that was due to Ricky Nolasco, who seemed like he was trying to lose the game from the first frame. Nolasco is one of those eternal enigmas – he has filthy stuff, but can’t seem to ever get any kind of consistency. He and his former teammate Chris Volstad were like two peas in a pod in that respect. I’m not really sure why Nolasco can’t get it together; maybe it’s a mental thing, akin to what we’ve seen from Mike Pelfrey.
On the opposite side of the spectrum was R.A. Dickey, whose knuckler was only so-so but found a way to fry the Fish via judicious use of his fastball.
How about David Wright? He’s been a man on fire since Opening Day, with no sign of cooling down. Wright doesn’t look like he’s on a hot streak; rather, he looks like he has a ton of confidence, a specific plan, and a fierce determination to execute.
In a similar vein, Mike Baxter just won’t stop coming through as a pinch-hitter. I don’t know how a pinch-hitter can go on a hot streak when he gets only one at-bat a day, so I’m thinking that Baxter might have mastered the role. Or, he’s so intent on staying in the big leagues that he’s decided there is no way he’s going to fail — like a dog who refuses to give up a bone.
Next Mets Game
The final game of the weekend series will be played at 1:10 p.m. Jonathon Niese goes to the hill against Carlos Zambrano.
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.