Mets Game 51: Win Over Yankees
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The Mets beat Robinson Cano 3-1 to complete their first-ever four-game sweep against the New York Yankees.
Mets Game Notes
Are these the same Bronx Bombers who had been sitting atop the AL Beast for most of this young season? If so, it’s too bad the Mets are in the NL, instead of AL East — because they’d probably be 20 games over .500 at this point.
Is it possible that the AL isn’t as great as everyone thinks? Is it possible that the Yankees aren’t “all that”? Or, are the Mets really this good that they can make the AL East’s second-place team look like a bad AAA squad?
Running along with that theme, if the Mets ARE this good, why are they seven games under .500? Is Terry Collins THAT bad a manager?
Hard to say …
Did anyone else get the feeling that the Mets were really, really pumped up for this series, while the Yankees were generally indifferent?
Now, the question for Mets fans is this: will the Mets parlay this wonderful experience into a legitimate run? Will they continue the momentum and have they captured the confidence they need to play at a level higher than they did before facing the men in pinstripes? We’ll see soon enough.
Dillon Gee pitched his best game of the year, setting a career-high one-game strikeout total. Interestingly, Collins lit a fire under Gee’s butt prior to the game by saying that Dillon would be a good fit in the bullpen. It’s kind of reminiscent of Collins’ threats to Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada — which resulted in Davis pulling out of a slump and Tejada playing like he was on a tightrope with a lion waiting underneath. Really makes you wonder … are the Mets better than they’ve shown, and if so, whose fault is it that they haven’t been motivated to this point? Or are these performances a coincidence?
Bizarre move by Collins to replace Gee in the 8th with Scott Rice. Yes, I get the whole lefty-lefty matchup advantage. And I witnessed that the move worked. However, it can’t always be about the one individual game that night — there are 162 to play. Gee was cruising, the Yankees lineup was awful and had no chance against him, and Scott Rice is on pace to appear in 100 games. Won’t there be games to win in July and August? Won’t the Mets need a LOOGY to get key outs in those contests? This is typical Collins / Jerry Manuel / Joe Torre / neanderthal bullpen “management”: just keep riding the “hot hand” until that horse’s arm falls off. Never mind the future, you have to win RIGHT NOW. Scott Rice may as well be a figment of Alvin Toffler’s imagination from Future Shock — a throwaway. Let Rice pitch and pitch and pitch until he can’t pitch no more. Don’t worry about the consequences until there ARE consequences. And hey, there have been plenty of cases where relievers appeared in 80-90 games and were fine (never mind that was in the Steroids Era), so this theory that a reliever can pitch too much could very well be poppycock!
Speaking of the Steroids Era, the big bang of the game came from juiceman Marlon Byrd, who blasted a two-run shot into the upper deck to give the Mets the two runs needed to win the ballgame.
Not for nuthin’ but the Mets collected exactly four hits in this ballgame, facing future HoFers Vidal Nuno, Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan, and Joba Chamberlain. I’m going to chalk it up to the element of mystery.
By the same token, the mighty mighty Yankees had exactly the same output — four hits. So, does that say more about how bad the Yankees hitters are, or how good the Mets pitchers were? Or, again, perhaps it can be chalked up to the element of mystery.
Omar Quintanilla made an inauspicious 2013 debut by allowing the first ground ball his way to go through his legs. Of course he did. Well, better to get it out of the way right away. I’m confident that over the next two weeks, we’ll see better overall performance from OQ than we’ve seen from Ruben Tejada.
Bobby Parnell mowed them down again, pitching a perfect ninth for save number nine. I maintain that the Mets will be best served, over the long-term, selling high on Parnell. As the other Kenny Rogers once crooned, “you gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away … and know when to run.”
Next Mets Game
The Mets begin a three-game series in Miami against the Marlins at 7:10 p.m. on Friday night. Shaun Marcum takes the mound against rookie phenom Jacob Turner, who will be making his much-ballyhooed first start of the season.