Mets 2 Giants 1
It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a win. And a win’s a win, right?
Mets Game Notes
This was a difficult win to be happy about, because there were so many frustrating moments and missed opportunities. The score really should have been more like 5-1 or 6-1.
The quick analysis: it was a rare off night by Matt Cain, whose command was terrible (for him). In contrast, Jonathon Niese used a more overhand motion that allowed him to throw a consistently sharp-breaking curveball, and as a result, he kept the Giants batters in check.
However, the Mets couldn’t convert multiple opportunities to score, and literally ran into trouble. Ike Davis thrown out stealing third? David Wright running into the third baseman as he fielded a grounder? Daniel Murphy trying to steal second? This isn’t following the prescribed script — didn’t Terry Collins see Moneyball? Maybe he got up for popcorn when Brad Pitt was explaining that stolen bases were bad. There’s a time and a place for “small ball,” of which I’m an advocate. But it doesn’t involve sending Ike Davis on a steal of third. Even if it was a hit and run — why in the world are you calling such a play with Ike Davis as the lead runner?
The Mets were running wild on the bases all night, and it did nothing toward advancing the final score. I’m not sure if this is a last-ditch attempt to “make things happen” or what, but it’s mysterious considering the team doesn’t have much speed and even less smarts. They actually got a break in the 8th when they attempting another double steal but succeeded when Buster Posey threw to second base instead of nailing Jason Bay at third; Bay would’ve been out by five feet. It worked, so you can call it “aggressive.” If it failed, it gets filed under “stupid.”
In each of the last three innings, the Mets had the bases loaded with less than two out, and didn’t score a run. In one of those innings they drew three walks and stole two bases. You had to see it to believe it.
The Mets left 13 runners on base and were 1-for-13 with RISP.
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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.