Mets Game 146: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 3 Mets 0

This series started out so promising for the road warriors.

Mets Game Notes

After two games of aberration, the Mets offense returned to their futile ways. They managed only two hits and one walk against Wily Peralta, who shut them out through 8 innings in a 104-pitch effort. One of those two hits was an infield single by Josh Thole.

Peralta’s pitching mechanics are somewhat similar to Jenrry Mejia‘s, and similarly dangerous. Funny, Peralta also has Tommy John surgery in his past — how about that? Just a coincidence, I’m sure. Is it also a coincidence that both youngsters developed their skills in Santo Domingo, D.R.? I have to wonder if there is a buscone down there who is teaching teenagers these harmful techniques. Then again, nearly every pitching coach / instructor in the USA teaches some kind of harmful mechanic to the young hurlers under their watch — though, there are many more variations.

Chris Young allowed three runs in 6 2/3, walking none. Of the eight hits he gave up, six were for extra bases — three homeruns and three doubles. There were also a number of very-hard-hit, long outs. Honestly, I don’t know how Young gets out of games allowing only two or three runs with the puss balls he serves; it’s like he has a deal with the devil or something.

Juiceman Ryan Braun rang in the new year by hitting two of those three four-baggers — the first of which was the 200th of his career. The man likes his OJ, and fruit smoothies on occasion. What did you think I meant by that nickname? It’s those power shakes that allow him to generate so much bat speed without following through, I’m sure.

Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth. Ramirez’s shot went about 900 feet; it looked like his third-base coach was tossing a BP fastball to him in Home Run Derby. After those two bombs, the next two batters hit long fly ball outs that were caught at the warning track.

As a kid, I remember someone gifting me a bottle of Aramis “Devin” cologne. It smelled nasty, but I thought I was pretty cool dabbing it behind my ears.

Twice in the game, Norichika Aoki followed a two-out double with a steal of third, both times with Young on the mound. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that before. Young completely ignored Aoki the first time and Aoki went in standing up, without a throw. The second time was close, and I’m not sure how much sense it made with two outs and red-hot Rickie Weeks at the plate.

The Mets can finish the season with a winning record if they win all sixteen of their remaining games. YA GOTTA BELIEVE!!!!!

Next Mets Game

The Mets return to Phlushing to phace the Phillies on Monday evening. Game time is 7:10 p.m. and pits R.A. Dickey vs. Cliff Lee.

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. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. argonbunnies September 17, 2012 at 1:06 am
    I didn’t see this game. Was Wily awesome, or did the Mets bats just not show up?
    • Dan September 17, 2012 at 6:29 am
      Didn’t see it either, but judging by his AAA record I’d suspect the bats didn’t show up, or they were too tired to handle a 95+ FB.

      Not saying he’s bad, but 2 hits and only one walk over 8 innings against a pitcher who averaged over 1 hit per inning and 4.2 walks/8 innings in AAA says a lot.

  2. DaveSchneck September 17, 2012 at 10:11 am
    Oh, I guess the Mets’ bats were just “tired” again. You know, this is tough, making a minimum half-mil per year to play a kids game and travel first-class. Regarding Young, I agree, but I guess that Ivy League education may somehow help a few well-hit balls stay in the park and land in gloves. Can’t the Mets just forfeit the remaining games? The kids have hit their innings limits, and the Wilpons can save some $$$ on expenses, and we all can save some wear and tear on our fingers. This is tiring too. I think Murphy and Wright can relate.
    • Joe Janish September 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm
      I like your way of thinking. As an alternative, maybe the Mets should petition Bud Selig to return to the 154-game schedule, effective immediately. I’d take eight less games of misery right about now.
  3. murph September 17, 2012 at 11:44 am
    I just want to commend you for sticking with this awesome blog, even while many fans have already switched their focus to football rather than sit through yet another dismal finish by our Mets.

    Thank you for running MetsToday!

    • Joe Janish September 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm
      Murph, thank YOU for continuing to check in and keep the conversation going. As Mets fans (or shall we call ourselves “spectators”?), we need all the support we can get!

      Perhaps this winter we can start a “Recovering Mets Fan” therapy group.