Mets 3 Nationals 1
The staff stopper fulfills his role and salvages the final game of the series.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey was masterful. His knuckler was dancing all over the strike zone, and he changed speeds well. Dickey seems to be getting better and better with each outing. How much better can he get? It’s pretty amazing to watch — it’s as if we’re watching history unfold before our eyes. I haven’t felt like this about a Mets pitcher since David Cone went 20-3 in 1988.
Other than R.A., this game was fairly uneventful. The Mets hitters — other than Lucas Duda, David Wright, and Daniel Murphy — didn’t do much against Chien-Ming Wang. There were a few defensive highlights (Kirk Nieuwenhuis made a great catch on a Steve Lombardozzi liner to end the third) and Frank Francisco ensured a nail-biting ninth, but it was otherwise a typical lazy weekday afternoon ballgame.
Glad to see Lucas Duda is back on track and showing both confidence and aggressiveness at the plate. He launched a moon shot in the 5th when Chien-Ming Wang threw the exact same pitch in the exact same spot twice in a row. Clearly neither Wang nor his catcher Jhonatan Solano noticed Duda biting his lip and his face expressing “damn it, I missed it” on the first pitch.
Daniel Murphy had two hits but one was a high and slow bouncer back to the mound that Wang couldn’t handle. The other was better, a line drive into shallow right that drove in David Wright from third. That second was the first time in two weeks I’ve seen Murph keep both hands on the bat into the follow-through.
Ike Davis now seems to be consciously trying to hit the ball to left field. Is it too little, too late?
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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.