Mets Game 159: Loss to Braves

Braves 6 Mets 2

On the bright side, the Mets won’t have to play the Braves again in 2012, and will never again have to face Chipper Jones.

Mets Game Notes

Yet another game I wasn’t able to watch due to the WPIX / Cablevision disagreement. Oh, and I couldn’t watch it on, either, because it was blacked out. Yeah, that makes sense. No, sorry, Joe, this game is blacked out because even though your cable company is not carrying the game, and no other cable carrier is available in your town, well, you should have the sense to move to a town that is served by Time-Warner. At least, I guess that’s the logic behind MLB’s blackout rules. Whatever. It’s not like I missed anything, and it’s not as though MLB cares, over the long run, whether or not I keep watching their rapidly declining product.

I did wait several hours after the game to watch it on’s “archives” and zipped through a few innings just to get a sense of what happened. From the little I saw, Jenrry Mejia still has horrendous mechanics and no command of any of his pitches — not that I expected anything to change in five days. I did note that on occasion he can throw a 95+ MPH fastball over the middle of the plate, so there’s that.

One thing established in my mind from this series: Andrelton Simmons is a very nice all-around shortstop, and reminds me a little bit of Rafael Furcal. I’m not sure he’ll be an All-Star, but he might if he continues to develop his offense, because he has serious defensive skills. As a comparison, Ruben Tejada is at a similar age and — right now — a notch below Simmons in all areas of the game. It will be interesting to watch both players develop over the next few years, to see if that gap between them remains, is narrowed, or widened. It’s kind of, sort of similar to when David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman broke into the league (though David beat him to the bigs by two years), and we’ve had the pleasure of seeing them mature into their respective club’s “face of the franchise.” I doubt either Tejada or Simmons will reach that level, but it’s neat that they’re in the same division, at the same age, and playing the same position.

For the second straight game, the Mets managed only five hits. At least they scored this time, though.

One of those five was single by Andres Torres, who is making a serious run to finish above .230; he’s seven for his last seventeen.

I will miss watching Chipper Jones. There, I said it. Sue me.

The Braves have now won 90 or more games 15 times in the last 22 years. Over the same period, the Mets have won 90 or more three times. The Mets have lost 90 or more over the same period, six times. But hey, who’s counting? So much for the perceived unfair discrepancy between big-market and small-market clubs.

With three games left and only 86 losses, there is no possibility that there will be a seventh time. So, there’s that.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Marlins open the last series of the season on Monday night at 7:10 p.m. Jeurys Familia faces Josh Johnson.

Mets 2012 Games

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