Pirates 7 Mets 3
Mets are sunk by the Bucs but still in position to win or tie the series. Of course, they’re also in position to lose the series — but that’s only one outcome out of three possibilities, so, based on the math, there’s reason to be optimistic. Right?
Mets Game Notes
Shaun Marcum pitched really well, except for the second inning and the fifth. Take out those two aberrations and he spun a solid three frames. Baby steps.
Marcum became the first Mets pitcher in their history to fail to pitch at least five innings in his first three starts with the club. Not sure what that’s worth other than a quick bit of trivia in an otherwise uninspiring game recap.
On a positive note, Anthony Recker‘s second career home run gave Mets catchers 11 longballs on the season (John Buck has 10) — matching the total of homeruns hit by Mets catchers in 2011 and 2012 COMBINED. How about that, says the ghost of Mel Allen.
Ike Davis hit a single to left field and another up the middle. Therefore, he’s on the way back and we should interject a comment here from Dave Hudgens about Ike hitting to the opposite field, blah blah blah. Maybe I’m jaded but I’d like to see a sustained consistent approach for, say, a week or two before I’ll start to feel encouraged about Ike’s chance of turning things around.
Jordany Valdespin hit yet another late-inning home run, but this time it didn’t have much affect on the outcome of the ballgame.
Rutherford’s Vin Mazzaro spun two scoreless innings for the Buccos. Vinny fashions an Akadema glove and is a product of the ProPlayer facility (where I give lessons) so I deem it important to mention his performance. You go, Vin.
The Mets were 1-for-12 with RISP.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli threw three pitches to earn his 14th save. The Mets have 14 wins. Huh.
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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.