Nationals 2 Mets 0
Matt Harvey completely blew this game. Had he only been able to hit a three-run homer, the Mets would have won. What a choker.
Mets Game Notes
For those taking me literally, the opening lines were a JOKE. OK? This ain’t little league. Though, looking at that putrid lineup, I wouldn’t have been against hitting Harvey higher than ninth. And I admit to expecting Harvey to “do it all” in this game. In truth, it was his only chance of earning a victory.
This may sound crazy, but this game felt closer than the final score indicates. Maybe that’s illogical, but this game was tighter than … go ahead and fill in the blank, with something obnoxiously inappropriate or completely family friendly — your call. The Nats whacked two solo bombs and that was it. The first three innings were scoreless, then the Nats held a 1-0 lead until the 8th. In between there wasn’t much in the way of offensive excitement, except in the sixth inning, when both clubs loaded the bases and failed to score. It was remarkable to watch. Robert Carson did a great job cleaning up a bases-loaded, no-out mess left by Matt Harvey, but then the Mets let a somewhat similar situation to slip through their fingers in the bottom of the inning.
Like R.A. Dickey did the night before him, Matt Harvey pitched well enough to earn a win; though, that’s debatable, considering he finished only five frames. His final line included 10 strikeouts, 3 walks, 5 hits, and one earned run. Lots of swings and misses, but the pitches used for them, as well as the baserunners allowed, resulted in a high pitch count and early exit. If he was conditioned to throw 135-150 pitches per game, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But it’s 2012, not 1972.
Nice to see Terry Collins leave Carson in to face the righthanded hitters in a very difficult spot. It’s the only way to produce “crossover” pitchers (we used to call them, simply, “pitchers”).
As mentioned a few days ago, it’s hard to win if you don’t score.
Nah-fuh-nuthin, but the Phillies now have a winning record and are only 3 games behind the Wild Card leaders. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago they were buried in the NL East cellar, and had resigned themselves to a lost season by selling off Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, and Joe Blanton? Have to wonder if this surge would have still happened with those three still on the club; would they be better, or worse off with them?
Speaking of winning records, the Mets will need to go 17-2 the rest of the way to finish with one. Ya gotta believe!
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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.