Mets Game 77: Dodgers – Open Thread

There’s no way I’m staying up for this one — too long a week for me and I have to get up way too early. In fact I may not make it to the opening pitch.

That said, please feel free to post your thoughts below, both during and after the game.

Considering that the Dodgers have lost 8 of their last 9, were just shut out three consecutive times, and they’re without both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, I’m going to go on a limb and predict at least three wins for the Mets in this series, but my gut is figuring on a sweep. We’ll see what happens.

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  1. Walnutz15 June 29, 2012 at 7:48 am
    While you can’t ever take a baseball game for granted, last night was as close to a “gimme” as it gets in MLB.

    In addition to Kemp and Ethier being out, there wasn’t even an Abreu, Ellis, or Jerry Hairston sighting (in the starting lineup, anyway).

    Yet, the Dodgers lineup of replacement players out-hit the Mets. Go figure.

    Thankfully, David Wright stepped it up and led the charge — while Andres Torres made up for playing so shallow in CF……driving in the go-ahead (and eventual winning) run.

    Good job by Chris Young and the ‘pen – tip o’ the cap to Parnell, for closing it out.

    (Similar to how Daniel Murphy should have written a thank you card to Mother Nature, I think Terry Collins might need to take Donnie Baseball out to lunch this afternoon.)

    Let’s take another tonight, and see what happens.

  2. HobieLandrith June 29, 2012 at 8:12 am
    Like Walnutz said, the Mets beat a bunch of replacement players – yet were outhit. Woop dee doo. How long before the Wilpons announce the sale of playoff tickets? Or are they waiting until all the dirt from Johan’s no-hitter is sold?
    • metforlife June 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm
      Ugh Don’t get me started on the Wilpons.
  3. Crozier June 29, 2012 at 9:19 am
    End of June, Mets still a decent team — having Tejada’s glove (and bat, amazingly) back does help. Three more wins and they’ll be as good as the Dodgers…or do I mean the Dodgers will be as mediocre as the Mets?

    The case can be made for the Mets rotation being pretty good. Now all they need is a pretty good catcher, second baseman, right fielder, a little more power, and a bullpen. As Basil Fawlty’s contractor said while surveying major structural damage: “Lick of paint.”

    But after all, this isn’t “Operation: World Champions” or even “Operation: Second Wild Card.” It’s “Operation: Mildly Pleasant Surprise.” I say mission accomplished.

    • Joe June 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm
      Most NL teams can use various parts. There are probably only a handful of truly good teams in the whole league.
  4. Walnutz15 June 29, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Young was charged with two runs on six hits while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings. Collins noted the Dodgers’ two-run fourth inning against Young could have been different had right fielder Lucas Duda not struggled to track a leadoff double by Dee Gordon and taken a bad route.

    “We catch that ball it’s a different inning for him,” Collins said about the shot, which dropped between Duda and Andres Torres.

    ………..another day, another adventure for Mr, Duda. Back in the field this time – in lieu of on the base-paths.

    • Crozier June 29, 2012 at 11:46 am
      Nice guy, though, that Mr. Duda. Really nice guy.

      Oh wait — what was it Leo Durocher (supposedly) said?