Mets 6 Phillies 5
This was a game that — in any year from 2007 to 2011 — the Phillies would have won dramatically instead of the Mets. Yet another sign that the tables have officially turned.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey did not have his good knuckler, but hung in there for seven innings. He battled, and wasn’t by any means successful — he allowed five runs on 11 hits and a walk — but Dickey on a bad day is better than any of the bullpen options. Even though he was hit so often (at least one hit allowed in every inning), he somehow kept his pitch count down — he expended only 99 pitches (70 strikes!).
When the bullpen did finally take over, it took four relievers 33 pitches to complete the final two frames. Talk about lack of efficiency! But at least they managed to prevent the Phillies from scoring.
So … where would the Mets be without David Wright? This game is a microcosm of Wright’s value to the club this year — he drove in four of the six runs, including the game-winning one.
Further, where would the Mets be without the startling power by Scott Hairston, who hit — yes — another home run. His power output is so crazy it’s suspicious; is it possible he accidentally opened one of his brother’s “vitamin” packages? That would explain a lot …
The Mets were charged with no errors, but they made several defensive mistakes. One of the most glaring was the methodical “ball gathering” — it kind of resembled an Easter egg hunt — by Lucas Duda on Jimmy Rollins “triple” in the sixth, as well as the ensuing relay throw from Duda that was dropped by Ike Davis. Do bunglings like this somehow factor into advanced fielding statistics?
I know, I know — I’m being a negative Nellie when I should be euphoric after such a dramatic win. But I wrote this after I pinched myself back to reality: that this was a game the Mets really were supposed to win, and nearly gave it away.
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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.