Mets Game 92: Win Over Nationals

Mets 9 Nationals 5

Figures the game I miss is the one they win.

Mets Game Notes

Not sure when I’ll be able to watch this game tonight and write the recap, so please contribute your observations about it in the comments.

One note to share … while peeking at the linescore every half hour, I saw the Mets were up 9-1 at one point, and there was just a hint of concern in my head upon seeing that advantage: “is it possible they could blow this one, too?” Quickly the thought was jettisoned from my brain. Then I saw the score 9-5 in the ninth and that fear crept into my head again. I can’t even imagine the reaction from the media, Terry Collins, and fans if the Mets blew an eight-run lead and lost this one.

OK, one more note: it took four Mets relievers to execute five outs?

Next Mets Game

The Mets take a day off on Thursday before returning to Flushing to host the Dodgers for a three-game set. Game one on Friday begins at 7:10 p.m. Scheduled starters are Johan Santana and Aaron Harang.

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. Crozier July 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    Last night’s 1-2 hitters went 0-8 in a close game; today’s went 4-9 and scored 5 runs. What more do you need? More, apparently, since the Nats scored 5 runs. But you get the idea. Earl Weaver would be proud.

    Dickey still seems too hittable, as he has since his magic June ended. His astronomical K totals have come back to earth, but he still isn’t walking anyone. I leave it to someone else’s analysis why everyone’s getting their bat on the ball, but safe to say a hard-throwing (for a knuckleballer) 37-year-old is going to tire over the course of the season. Granted, he isn’t pitching badly — just more like he pitched last year. Unfortunately, the pen is pitching like it did last year as well.

  2. AC Wayne July 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    I hear ya, I missed Gee’s victory over the Cubs before the break but managed to suffer through the two losses, no fun for me or Niese on that Sunday

    I saw the sweep by the Braves that included Parnell’s own version of Billy Wagner when he would enter the ninth with a comfortable four-run lead only to blow the game for the Mets, also on FOX, and then there was the Freddie Freeman coming-out party against Santana last Sunday, lots of fun

    I was lucky enough on Tues. night to watch Jordany Valdespin club a 3-run HR off Tyler Clipper but then was smacked in the face when Pedro Beato uncorked a pitch that forced Terry Collins to call a team meeting – I called a team meeting myself, went to an AA meeting – I’m not an alcoholic but a Mets fan and felt that that must’ve constituted for something

    last night’s game was just a tease when Jason Bay and DWright hit solo shots in the top of the ninth to give the Mets another loss in one-run games, GREAT!

    I work during the day so guess what, I missed the game today and what happened, THEY WON!

  3. DaveSchneck July 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm
    Joe,
    Missed the game as well. Final score is all that matters. Per your declaration a few days ago, Mets avoided the one thing they couldn’t do, get swept in DC. Bring on KEmp and Ethier and tell them Batista is ready and waiting.
  4. argonbunnies July 20, 2012 at 2:29 am
    Day off on Thursday, Joe? I guess the post-game flight counts…

    Parnell pitched better than his line; Turner made a horrible play to allow the run to score, waiting for Bernadina’s slow roller to reach him rather than charging it and throwing Roger out.

    Byrdak looked good. Does he concentrate better when he’s just facing 1 batter?

    The Mets’ D looked a little lazy to me after they scored their final runs. Wright and Tejada both let hits go by that probably could have been snared with dives. You don’t want to hurt yourself protecting a 9-1 lead in the 5th, but still, keeping up the intensity would have been nice.

    Dickey looked like the Dickey of 2010-2011. Good, but not the strikeout machine he was in June. Hitters were fouling off the high, hard knuckler instead of missing it.