Mets Game 111: Loss to Marlins
Marlins 13 Mets 0
A game like this is called a “laugher.” Somehow I doubt there was any laughter in the Mets clubhouse after this ballgame.
Mets Game Notes
The ugliness began with Chris Young. To be kind, it just wasn’t his night. Young allowed 7 earned runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 4 1/3 innings, including 3 home runs. My first thought upon witnessing this barrage by the Fish was, “did the Marlins miss pregame BP, so Young is giving it to them now?” Because in all seriousness, the slop that Young was offering very strongly resembled what one would expect to see from a batting-practice pitcher: 83-MPH, straight-as-an-arrow, belly-button-high fastballs over the middle of the plate. If you watched the game you know I’m not exaggerating, but rather, reporting fact. It is a wonder that Young didn’t allow MORE runs, he pitched so poorly.
Once a team falls behind by seven, the game gets very long. Players lose motivation, and do what they can to just get the game over with as soon as possible. That was the feeling of this game.
Remarkably, Garret Olson managed an uglier line than Young, as he gave up four runs on three hits and a walk while retiring just one batter. Not an auspicious debut for the man chosen to replace Tim Byrdak on the roster as the second lefty in the ‘pen. I’ve been rooting for Olson since his Baltimore days, as I like his mechanics and he was always one of those extremely hard-working guys who tried to squeeze every last ounce out of limited talent to succeed. But, the bottom line is that he simply doesn’t have the stuff to pitch in MLB, and that has been proven time and time again. The idea of him as a LOOGY is laughable, since in his career he’s only marginally better (if “better” is the correct word?) against lefthanded hitters as he is vs. righties. I really, really want him to succeed but not seeing it as a realistic expectation. Perhaps most concerning in this, his first outing as a Met, was that his body language and facial expressions expressed fear and lack of confidence. A man can’t accomplish much of anything with that kind of mental state.
What positive is there to take away from this game? I have no idea. Besides allowing a baker’s dozen of runs, the offense didn’t score once. They managed only five hits and were 0-for-10 with RISP against less-than-spectacular pitching. Right now, the Marlins are a MLB club only because there’s no rule to force bad teams down to AAA. Sure, they have a handful of incredibly talented stars, but overall, they’re a depleted team that is looking toward 2013 and trying to figure things out. I thought the Mets had bottomed out a week and a half ago, when they lost 13 of 15. Now I’m wondering if we haven’t yet seen the worst of this club.
Final note: Giancarlo Stanton has become one of those hitters that cause me to stop everything and watch. He is a legitimate beast.