Mets 9 Padres 0
On a lazy Saturday afternoon, it looked as though the San Diego Padres couldn’t get the ballgame over fast enough.
Mets Game Notes
The Mets scored all the runs they needed in the first frame, when San Diego starter Clayton Richard imploded and allowed four Mets to cross the plate. Richard was a disaster in that initial inning, seeming unable to get comfortable or find focus. He was all over the place, mentally and physically. In many ways, he reminded me of Mike Pelfrey, particularly in seeing how uncomfortable and distressed he was with runners on base. For a moment, it appeared as though he wouldn’t get out of the first inning.
Meanwhile, Johan Santana was the complete opposite – calm, cool, collected. For the second straight start, Santana faced an inept offense that likely would struggle against AAA pitching. This time, though, Johan did what he was supposed to do against inferior hitters – he beat them. The Padres batters were completely confounded by Johan’s changing speeds; when he threw a fastball, they were looking change-up, and vice-versa. Santana worked quickly and extremely efficiently – it took him only 96 pitches to throw a complete-game shutout.
Stunningly, Padres hitters were getting themselves out on first or second pitches even late in the game. Hey guys, ever hear of taking a strike when you’re down by four? Jeez Louise, we learned simple strategy like this back in little league! Shame on Bud Black for having a team with such a horrendous hitting approach. Though, what would Black know? He was an efficient pitcher in his playing days. Considering how bad his club looks right now, maybe he prefers to lose quickly.
Speaking of, where the heck was Blake Tekotte playing on that fly ball? Ike hit it well, but Tekotte was positioned about 100 feet behind second base. I understand playing shallow to guard against bloop singles, and even though Ike’s been slumping, shouldn’t outfielders play a bit deeper against sluggers?
Speaking of sluggers, Mike Nickeas hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. Is Nickeas that good, or Padres pitching that bad? You decide.
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