Mets Game 40: Loss to Cubs
Cubs 8 Mets 2
Mets suffer post-Harvey traumatic disorder.
Mets Game Notes
There has to be some concern when it takes a few breaks going their way and an RBI hit by the starting pitcher to beat the Cubs by one run, despite Matt Harvey holding Chicago to two runs. So without Harvey on the mound — or in the lineup — this loss was hardly a surprise.
Jeremy Hefner lived up and middle in the strike zone and was punished for it. He left after four frames and four earned runs, then reappeared in the final two innings with the name “McHugh” on his back. Very tricky, crafty way to re-enter the ballgame — had Bobby Valentine mustache disguise written all over it.
Except, that really WAS Collin McHugh, and he picked up right where he left off at the end of 2012. Many pundits suggested that the McHugh we saw in September of last year wasn’t the real McCoy — er, McHugh — because the young righthander was tired after a long season in AAA. I would like to buy into that possibility, and will reserve judgment for at least a few more outings. As of right now, though, I’ve yet to be convinced that McHugh is anything other than a poor man’s version of Hefner.
Speaking of poor man’s versions, Daniel Murphy is officially the poor man’s Rod Carew. That might not be so bad, except, Murphy’s defense at second base is slightly worse than Carew’s, he doesn’t have Carew’s foot speed, he doesn’t make contact as consistently as Carew, and he has yet to prove to be a candidate to be the first MLBer to bat .400 since Ted Williams. Murphy went 2-for-4 and raised his average to .301, but his swing is weak — he just waves the bat at the ball with his bottom hand and has the goal of just making contact. Again, that’s great if you can continue to place little bloops just beyond the reach of infielders regularly, without slumping, and if you are the opposite of a detriment on the bases. But these little bloops and bleeders, followed by brain freezes on the basepaths and/or getting thrown out stealing, is the extent of a Murphy hot streak and not terribly productive.
Another oh-fer for Ike Davis, but at least he didn’t strike out. I suppose that’s progress?
Rick Ankiel was the only other Met with a two-hit day.
Overall, the Mets collected nine hits and one walk. I thought the Dave Hudgens philosophy was all about OBP? Ten baserunners in nine innings against the #4 starter of a team just a hair above last place isn’t impressive.
Next Mets Game
The final game of the series and the road trip begins at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The Mets send Dillon Gee to the mound against Travis Wood.
It’s hard to say that replacing the idiot who fills out the lineup card will change much, because in Alderson’s words: “Ankiel was cut by the Astros because they want to play their younger players more”. I guess the Mets don’t.
Amen, Dan. Alderson says that we’ll see the kids in the second half. Why then? Is he afraid on not making the playoffs? We should be seeing nothing but kids: Hoffman, Brown, Lagares, Valdespin, Satin, Lutz, Den Dekker, Duda, Davis, Neuweiheis, and Cowgill. Let them each play for an extended trial (about a month to a month and a half) and see what we have.