Mets Game 40: Loss to Blue Jays

Blue Jays 2 Mets 0

Mets lose today to Morrow as well as yesterday.

Mets Game Notes

Brandon Morrow was absolutely dominating; if this is how he looks all the time then he’s a superstar in the making. Imagine if the Mariners held on to him, and paired him with King Felix – wow. Like Ricky Romero in game one, Morrow established and controlled the tempo and rhythm, and peppered all four quadrants of the strike zone with hard running fastballs. He mixed in a nasty, hard-breaking curve and similarly filthy slider that rarely finished above the dirt but started at the knees. He was consistently around 92 MPH on his fastball the entire game, then in the 8th against Justin Turner he reached back for a little extra and cranked one by Turner that was clocked at 97 MPH. Generally you don’t see starters increasing their velocity that late in the game, but Morrow never showed any sign of tiring.

Rookie hurler Jeremy Hefner was sparkling in emergency relief of Miguel Batista, who left the game with back issues. Hefner kept his fastball down, and showed some nasty breaking pitches. His command was a little spotty on the curves and sliders, but they had impressive vertical, late break. His fastball doesn’t have too much movement, but he kept it around the knees and it had a bit of sink.

After a hot start, Andres Torres is crashing to the ground — both on offense and defense. His error in the fifth set up the two Blue Jays runs, and at bat he’s not as patient as he was originally, and he’s hitting everything in the air.

Similarly, Kirk Nieuwenhuis continues to swing and miss; though his defense remains stellar.

We heard all about Jose Bautista‘s booming bat, but what about that howitzer of an arm? While it’s true Yunel Escobar never tagged Mike Baxter, that throw was still impressive — as was a similar one earlier in the game that nearly nailed Lucas Duda.

Duda and Baxter had two of the Mets three hits on the day; the other one was struck by Ronny Cedeno.

Not much else to say — Morrow was tremendous, spinning a three-hit shutout.

Next Mets Game

The Mets will try to avoid a sweep on Sunday by sending Dillon Gee to the hill against Henderson Alvarez. Game time is 1:07 p.m.

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  1. meticated May 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm
    perhaps the mets were playing with the rush of the counterpoint vibe to nearly everyones projection that tbey were going to be a laughingstock, and now they are regressing to what they actually are…a 500 team approximately…capable on some days of exceptional play and flawed seriously on day two…we will still watch intently and pray for the exception…but will anticate tbe rule…maybe just hope dimmed from the lack of results lately taints my theory
  2. Mic May 20, 2012 at 8:20 am
    When teams rebuild, sooner or later they exceed expectations. As a fan especially a Metsfan it is easy to think the worst. As for this ‘regression’ …I think Terry Collins and injuries are largely to blame.

    – For all of his failing, Pel was ALOT better than Schwinden. Hopefully Schwinden is NOT in line for a recall. As is Batista/Hefner look like a better combo for the short term than CS.
    -Andres Torres as bay inches closer to returning, hopefully Torres inches closer to the bench.
    – tejada’s injury has been a huge blow. defensively and offensively.

    As GOOD as the Mets have been, I think they can reel of a big summer run if tejada gets back, Davis gets his timing and DM and DW keep raking.

    • Izzy May 20, 2012 at 8:58 am
      Mic: Every team can have a good summer if everyone is doing good.
      as for the game the ump’s call takes away from the dumb baserunneing that Baxter did yesterday. He’s the tying run, there’s nobody out. you got to be a dope to put yourself in position to get thrown out at that point in the game. If it were Bay everyone would be screaming for his head but it was Baxter, the latest sub that Met fans love so I guess its ok?
  3. gary s. May 20, 2012 at 9:04 am
    We have minor league players for replacements on this team.That is a major contributor to so so play since Tejada and Thole went down.Andres Torres is not an every day player, yet Collins has ridden him like Secretariat since he returned from the DL..Time to send him back to the barn for a while.Hopefully Den Dekker can get a look in a few months.
  4. Joe May 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    If Baxter wasn’t tagged out, the Mets would have had a man on second and third with two shots at tying it in the 9th.