Mets Game 153: Win Over Pirates
Mets 6 Pirates 2
FOUR IN A ROW!!!!
Mets Game Notes
Jenrry Mejia‘s line looks good if you focus strictly on the number of runs he allowed (none) and the number of baserunners allowed per inning (6 baserunners in 5 frames). The strikeout rate was so-so; 4 Ks in 5 IP works out to about 7 per 9 (did I do the math right?), which is OK; MLB average is 7.5.
The negative part of Mejia’s start is the number of pitches — 96. Obviously, that’s far too many. At least three issues contribute to this: first, he simply doesn’t have strong command of his fastball. Second, he has no command of his secondary pitches. Third, it appears as though he’s trying to strike out every batter he faces (a.k.a., Ian Snell disease), but he doesn’t have a strikeout pitch.
But things like that can be worked out; Mejia is only 22 years old and missed about a year of development, after all. What’s more concerning to me are his mechanics, which make me ill. I’m serious, and being literal — when I watch him throw, I feel nauseous. I want to vomit. That’s how upsetting it is for me to see him pitch. He has his momentum starting toward 1B, then going to 3B while simultaneously tilting his hips back toward 2B. It looks like he’s about ready to fall over from the imbalance when he wildly changes direction, sort of toward home but due to the laws of physics, more toward the 1B dugout. It’s not unlike what we often saw from Oliver Perez, to give you a frame of reference. It’s kind of like a combination of Ollie and K-Rod, actually — now that I think of it, somewhat similar to Carlos Marmol. In any case, it’s not conducive to long-term health, and it prevents him from having command of any pitch. Why the Mets allow him to continue throwing like this is beyond comprehension. The theory that he might lose velocity and/or effectiveness if his flaws are corrected is absolute dinosaur thinking / rock-head logic, and confirms glaring ignorance of how the human body and physics work.
On a positive note, Ike Davis became a 30-homer guy by belting two dingers to lead the offense. His 5-RBI day was the difference in this ballgame. Remarkably, the Mets not named Davis managed only 4 hits — kind of unusual when a team not known as the “Bronx Bombers” scores six runs.
Josh Thole suffered his 18th passed ball in this game. Remarkably, that’s not leading the league; Wilin Rosario has 20. The Baby Bull, however, has 26 HR and a .850 OPS and is 23 years old. Of course, most of Thole’s PBs are thanks to R.A. Dickey‘s knuckler.
I enjoyed occasionally seeing the almost-behind-home-plate angle on SNY. Where the heck has that been all year? I guess it has something to do with those extra, experimental (empty) seats back there?
Was this a September game or a spring training game? I ask because the Mets used seven pitchers in what seemed to have been a game that was more or less “in the bag.”
Weird seeing Gaby Sanchez in a Pirates uniform. Weirder still to not see him destroying the Mets. What the heck happened to him? He was like A-Gone Lite, now he’s, well, gone.
In the second inning, Gary Cohen described Braves hurler Kris Medlen as having “burst like a supernova.” Apparently, it’s hard to be a saint in the city of Atlanta — right, Boss?
Thank you if you know what I mean by that. Damn you if you’re too young to know (I wish I was your age).
SNY’s celebration of Daniel Murphy‘s defense, both in-game and during Post Game Live, is laughable. Yeah, he sometimes looks like he’s making incredible plays, with his falls to the ground stopping balls, aggressive charges, and jump-and-throws. Looks great on TV. Unfortunately, what he’s actually doing is making routine plays look difficult. If he wasn’t positioned so deep, and had a modicum of range and athleticism, many of those plays would look easy instead of borderline web gems. You have to admire him for his tenacity and effort, but don’t be fooled into believing he’s a Major League second baseman — he’s not.
In addition to Murphy’s inadequacy in fielding balls hit toward his area are the other things he has to do as a second baseman. For example, his duty of covering the bag and receiving throws from the catcher on steal attempts. He completely botched this in the first inning, when he ran several feet in front of the bag to accept a throw from Josh Thole as Josh Harrison slid in safely. Maybe Harrison is safe anyway, but there’s no reason for a big league second baseman to be in front of second base on that, unless there’s a man on third charging for home. That’s something you see in high school and lower levels, where there are catchers who can’t reach the base on a fly.
Am I being too tough on Murph? Maybe, but I feel it’s necessary in order to balance out the hype. MetsToday: the FOX News of the Mets blogosphere.
On the other hand, Ruben Tejada has been a pleasant surprise this year. I fully expected to see far more throwing errors and mental miscues, but he’s been solid in the field and at the plate. If you watch other MLB teams, you know that he’s about average in the field and maybe a tick below average offensively, which is encouraging considering his age. He kind of reminds me of Bucky Dent right now — and in post-PEDs MLB, that’s just fine.
My dog came home on Monday afternoon and has been resting in her bed, though she’s aware and alert. If she eats something by Tuesday afternoon, she can stay home. If not, she goes back to the hospital to have a feeding tube inserted. Fingers crossed that she barks for breakfast in the morning.