Mets Game 62: Win Over Rays

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The Mets beat up on a club from the AL Beast.

Mets Game Notes

Who could have predicted that the Mets would score their highest number of runs all year against the best pitching in baseball? Yet, they did it, and the feat becomes more remarkable when you consider the offensive onslaught was led by rookie Jordany Valdespin (4 RBI) and the man who has yet to hit his weight, Ike Davis (3 RBI). Often, surprises are the sweetest experiences in life.

Also surprising was the performance of Chris Young, who barely threw hard enough to break a pane of glass yet somehow managed to allow only two runs in 5 2/3 innings. I say “only” because it seemed as though he might give up at least four or five in the initial inning, when the Rays had him on the ropes. However, Young set up a few mirrors in strategic places, dropped a smoke bomb, and next thing you knew he was out of the inning allowing only two Rays to cross the plate. As it turned out, those were the first and last fish to be plated — hold the tartar sauce, please.

Looking again at Young’s line I have to shake my head, because he gave up 11 baserunners in his 5 2/3, there were no double plays, and still he allowed only 2 runs. How does that happen?

Ike Davis blasted a three-run homer into the right-field stands and dropped a bunt against the shift to go 2-for-4 and raise his average to a whopping .174. Is this bomb, combined with his small successes of the past week, a sign that he’s on his way back? I’m really not sure — I’m tepid on him right now, mainly because the homer was a change-up jerked over the right-field fence and the other time he swung and made contact, he rolled a grounder to second base. In other words, he’s still pulling the ball, and way ahead of pitches. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, depending on what you expect of Ike Davis. If you look at him as you might Carlos Pena or Adam Dunn, then he’s doing OK. But if you think he should be a more complete hitter, who can hit for a .280+ average and do more than walk, strike out, or hit a homer, then you may be disappointed.

Happily, it was the opposing team’s defense that made miscues for once, though there were a few misplayed balls by the Mets that weren’t charged as errors by a generous official scorer.

And if the offensive outburst, Young’s performance, and the lack of errors weren’t enough of a surprise, the cherry on top of this ballgame was that the bullpen gave up zero runs on zero hits.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Rays do it again on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. The win leaders in each league go head-to-head as R.A. Dickey faces David Price. Will one of them emerge with ten wins?

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. gary s. June 13, 2012 at 12:35 am
    9 run leads are the only time i feel safe with our arson squad of a bullpen.Dickey and Santana up next.We have to win al least one of those games to salvage a bad road trip.Washington Nats look like they are for real.Harper hit a home run in that game that had to go about 450-460 feet.
    • James June 13, 2012 at 7:05 am
      washington is very strong and I think they have the right manager for the job. as for the Mets, how many games can you win with guys with very long names that start with “V” or “Q”? It’s usually guys with shorter names that hit well, such as Ruth, Cobb, Davis, Rose,Jeter etc for some reason. An interesting question is who has the longest name for a player with over 3000 hits? clemente and williams tie with 8. 😉 then there is rodriguez with 9.
      • Joe Janish June 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm
        Yastrzemski !
  2. Walnutz15 June 13, 2012 at 7:53 am
    Good to see some runners finally cross the plate; and let’s hope it somehow continues.

    Would be really nice to throw a few early ones up on the board for Dickey and Santana. At the same time – they’ll be up against Price and Hellickson……who’ve both been terrific so far.

    Ike with a couple of hits, but I saw the same — he’s still out in front. I’ll always trade HR’s for better contact, and stuff that’s going to get him back-on-track “for good”.

    We’ve always known that he’ll mash mistakes, even if he doesn’t get all of ’em. He’s too good an opposite field hitter to be out in front – be it fooled; or lazily rolling over.

    I just expect better.

    Somebody needs to check Chris Young’s back pocket to see if there’s a mini-magic wand in it next time out!

    That ain’t gonna happen much for him.

    Nice to see Nieuwenhuis, Quintanilla, and Valdespin all had their hitting shoes on. Keep it goin’ now…..if ya can.

  3. Walnutz15 June 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm
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    ^ Hmmm…….?

  4. DaveSchneck June 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm
    If Young continues to improve, gain arm strength and velocity, and stay healthy (I know, he is still an injury waiting to happen with his track record and delivery) it will be real interesting to see what Alderson does with the crowded rotation for 2013.
    • NormE June 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm
      I know that it’s interesting to speculate about the future. A wise man, a former boss of mine, told me not to make decisions until I had to—-there are too many variables that may come along.
      Enjoy the competence of the present rotation. The future
      will bring many surprises, some good, some not so good.
      As you said, Young “is still an injury waiting to happen…”