Mets 17 Cubs 1
In a big way, Mets unleash their frustration over losing a series to the worst team in baseball.
Mets Game Notes
To support my blogging habit, I work a day job, therefore, I did not see this game. That said, I don’t have any of the usual insights and tidbits. But, I do have a few questions and observations based on the box score.
First, does such a big win make up for losing the series? If nothing else, it does put a dent into the Mets’ evening out their Pythagorean Won-Loss Record. A serious dent, actually. Going into this game, their PWL was 37-38, based on the fact that they had scored 328 runs and allowed 332, or -4. After this game, the discrepancy changed to 345 runs scored and only 333 allowed, or
+8 +12 (thanks for the correction, Friend). That’s a huge jump, and it turns their PWL to 39-37 — which is pretty damn close to their actual W-L record of 40-36. Funny how these stats work, eh? Now, looking at the team from this stats perspective, does it make you feel any better than it you felt two weeks ago, when it appeared — at least according to the stats — that the Mets were playing far above their head? Why or why not?
From the boxscore, it appears that Daniel Murphy has finally found his homerun stroke, which is a good sign (maybe I should pick him up again for my fantasy team?) — or, was the homer due to the famous Chicago winds? I’ll find out soon enough thanks to the magic of DVR, but please feel free to comment if you saw the taters.
It also appears that Ike Davis is still red-hot, Scott Hairston is continuing his Barry Bonds impression, David Wright is back in the swing of things, Ruben Tejada is hitting, and Jonathon Niese pitched well. My question to you: how did Niese look, beyond the numbers? Where was his arm angle — or arm angles? Was the curve breaking 12-6? Was it a case of the Cubbies going in the tank and trying to get the game over with?
I think that’s enough to get the conversation started; post your thoughts in the comments.
Next Mets Game
The Mets move on to Los Angeles for a four-game series with the slumping Dodgers. Game time on Thursday night is 10:10 p.m. (shoot me!). The scheduled pitching matchup is Chris Young vs. former Met Chris Capuano.
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.