Mets 7 Marlins 6
Mets avoid being swept in Miami. Somehow, though, it still feels like a sweep.
Mets Game Notes
Here’s the problem with any team not named the Astros playing the Marlins: you’re EXPECTED to win, especially now that Giancarlo Stanton is out of action. One look at the laughable lineup and the inferior arms and you have to think, “hey, this is going to be cake.” And it SHOULD be cake to beat the Fish. So the Mets were in a tough situation: if they lose, it’s an absolute disaster; if they win, well, they’re supposed to win.
As it was, the Mets won this game and escaped a sweep by the skin of their teeth. One bad umpiring call, one wild pitch, one dropped fly ball, one muffed grounder, and this game might have been won by the Marlins. That’s the problem when you field a bad team: the tiniest of plays can mean the difference between winning and losing. In this particular case, the Mets avoided that miscue and came away ahead after the 27th out.
This shouldn’t be the case. The Mets are a flawed team, for sure, but the Marlins are a flawed minor league team. Bobby Parnell finally earned his third save of 2013, but did we learn anything from his retiring Donovan Solano, Greg Dobbs, and Justin Ruggiano? The game felt like and played like a AAA contest, as did the previous two in the series. Was it a case of the Mets playing down to their competition, or are they really that bad? As critical I am of the Mets, I have to believe it’s the former. I sincerely believe that David Wright is an All-Star, John Buck is an average MLB starting catcher, Ruben Tejada is an acceptable MLB shortstop, and so on. This squad SHOULD be able to take two of three from the horrific Marlins in their sleep. Yet they were nearly swept.
Dillon Gee allowed 4 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings of work. Eleven baserunners in five frames, against the Fish? Please, take a look at that lineup. Maybe it was a case of Gee having a bad day, but geez Louise, if you’re going to have a bad day, it can’t be against the Marlins. Have a bad day against the Braves, who are supposed to beat you — not against the Marlins, against whom you need to garner all the wins you can get. If Gee can’t beat the Fish, who is he going to beat?
On a positive note, Jordany Valdespin came in halfway through the game and delivered a key three-run blast. That was great, but again, you have to go back to the “you’re supposed to …” theme. Is ‘spin the real deal, or is he merely a great AAAA player who takes advantage of lesser competition? Hard to say, right now; more data is needed.
David Wright and John Buck went a combined 6-for-9 with a homer, two doubles, three RBI, and three runs scored. Again, isn’t that what is expected when legit MLB bats face AAA pitching? It’s a no-win situation.
Next Mets Game
The Mets get a day off to travel to Atlanta and contemplate their future. On Friday they’re hosted by the Braves. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and pits Shaun Marcum against Mike Minor. Guess what, friends? The Mets schedule is about to be very difficult. And they just nearly were swept by the worst team in the NL.
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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. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.