Mets Game 128: Win Over AAAstros
Mets 2 Astros 1
The Mets follow up their offensive outburst on Saturday with yet another explosive win over hapless Houston.
Mets Game Notes
Jeremy Hefner was fantastic, allowing only one run on five hits and a walk in eight innings, striking out seven. He was just a little better than Astros starter Lucas Harrell, who matched Hefner pitch for pitch in this pitchers’ duel. In the end, though, it was Ike Davis who was the difference in the ballgame, as his two solo homeruns were the extent of the Mets offense.
Andres Torres went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the leadoff spot. Can someone please explain why Torres was leading off, considering his plummeting on-base percentage and thirty-something age? I thought we were at a point in the season where personnel needs to be evaluated for 2013 consideration — in which case, we already know what Torres brings to the table (not much). Why not give more at-bats to someone like Mike Baxter, who is getting on base nearly 40% of the time and has three years before hitting age thirty? Maybe I’m nitpicking, but I just don’t comprehend giving the most plate appearances in a game to one of the worst offensive producers on the 25-man roster.
I really, really liked what I saw of Hefner in this ballgame — he threw a ton of strikes, as always, and changed speeds well. However, it’s hard to take anything “real” from this outing, considering that the Astros lineup resembles a good AA team. I’m not saying Hefner can’t do well against, say, the Phillies or Nationals. Rather, I don’t know whether we can glean any worthwhile knowledge from this ballgame. It reminds me of those great September outings of Pat Misch — what did they mean? What were they worth?
Next Mets Game
The Mets get a day off on Monday, then begin a three-game series with the Phillies in Philadelphia. Game one begins at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night. The pitching matchup is Chris Young vs. Vance Worley.