Mets Game 101: Loss to Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks 6 Ike Davis 3
If only Ike Davis could have batted seven or eight more times, the Mets might’ve had a chance to win this one.
Mets Game Notes
Most people are surprised when Chris Young (the pitcher on the Mets, not the outfielder on the D-backs) pitches poorly and gets hit hard. I, on the other hand, am stunned when Young ISN’T pounded by Major League hitters. There was a time in Young’s career when his fastball hovered around 91-92 MPH (topping out around 94), and with that long stride and close release point, it could look more like 100. And, he threw a nasty, 82-MPH slider that served as an effective, if unconventional, change-up. But now that his fastball velocity is in the 83-84 MPH range, I can’t imagine it looking like much more than the MLB average of 91 MPH — not to mention, it’s usually spotted between belly button and chest height, making it easy to see. In other words, he looks like he’s throwing batting practice. So when Arizona unloaded on Young for 6 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings, it didn’t surprise me. Considering his current skill set, it’s unrealistic to expect him to be anything more than a fifth starter who can occasionally fool enough hitters to get through six innings.
Even though the Mets lost by three, several times it seemed like they were just one hit away from getting back into the game and mounting a comeback. But their rallies fizzled before they could build momentum.
Does Ike Davis like playing “at home”? A 4-for-4 day with 3 homeruns suggests he might. How smart are the Mets and Terry Collins looking right now, for sticking with Ike through that awful slump?
Speaking of sticking with sluggers through slumps, Jason Bay continues to slide further into the abyss. Yet, Collins — like he did with Davis — insists that Bay will play. So, if Bay never turns it around, can you still say the Mets are “smart” for sticking with their struggling sluggers? Or just lucky that one of them worked out?