Mets Game 11: Win Over Twins
Mets 4 Twins 2
The Mets win three of their first four series of the year, but Matt Harvey wasn’t quite perfect.
Mets Game Notes
Yes, I was being facetious. Harvey again was brilliant, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finishing up 8 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 6 in a very efficient 107-pitch effort. The Tom Seaver references and comparisons are appropriate — Harvey similarly relies primarily on pounding his 95-MPH fastball into all four quadrants of the strike zone, mixes in his other three pitches judiciously, and does all the little things a pitcher needs to do to win a ballgame. The Twins have a few boppers in their lineup, so this was a good test. Granted, he did have the advantage of mystery against them (though I’m sure the Twins had scouting reports), and we’ll see how Harvey does after he faces NL East opponents repeatedly. But right now, he’s looking promising.
John Buck did not hit a homerun during the entire afternoon. I hope there’s isn’t something wrong with him, like a physical ailment. I’m sure batting coach Dave Hudgens is all over whatever the problem is and will get it fixed right away. I suppose everyone goes into a slump eventually but I’ve never seen Buck in such a funk.
Bobby Parnell finally was given a save situation, and earned his first save of 2013 — albeit, it wasn’t exactly pretty. Parnell gave up two doubles and a run before slamming the door. He began the inning well, locating his 94-MPH sinker at the knees consistently against both Aaron Hicks and Joe Mauer, and freezing Hicks on a perfect spike-curve for strike three. But Mauer battled him to a full count before blasting a double off the wall, and from then on, it seemed that Parnell gave up on the sinker and “turned it up a notch” by throwing his heater high in the strike zone and at 96-97 MPH. In other words, over-throwing in the face of adversity. In other words, the same thing he’s done his entire career: when in doubt, throw harder. He regrouped in time to convert the save, and maybe it was just a blip due to his first save opp of the year, but color me mildly concerned.
I love those old-school, pinstriped Twins uniforms. Very classy.