Mets Game 62: Loss to Cubs
Cubs 6 Mets 3
Shaun Marcum loses his eighth without a win as the Mets fall for the ninth time in their last eleven contests.
Mets Game Notes
This time, Marcum was not a hard-luck loser. For Marcum to succeed, he must have pinpoint control, and in this game, command escaped him. In fact he was way off target, which makes me wonder if his elbow is barking again.
Curious — did you think the Mets had any chance to win after David DeJesus hit the three-run triple?
Daniel Murphy slapped two RBI singles to provide 66% of the Mets runs. With a runner on third, Murphy is lethal, because all he does is try to make contact and swat the ball toward a hole or just over the infield; in that way, he reminds me very much of Rod Carew (I’m sure I’ve written this before). I wish more MLB hitters would take that approach with a man on third — especially with two outs. Why guys are swinging from their heels with two outs and men in scoring position makes no sense to me.
Very strange to see the Cubs play the infield in with a man on third and a five-run lead in the bottom of the third inning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that, at any level of baseball. I suppose that’s indicative of how little faith Chicago manager Dale Sveum has in Edwin Jackson and/or his bullpen.
Bad baserunning by David Wright, who pulled a Daniel Murphy and was thrown out at 3B by Alfronso Soriano while attempting to go first-to-third on a RBI single by Lucas Duda in the 7th. It would have been a decent gamble if the Mets were winning, but while behind that late in the game, every out is precious and one must be conservative. Keith Hernandez suggested that Wright was “trying to take advantage of Soriano’s popgun arm.” Hmm … except, the one “plus” that Soriano has in the field has is an above-average arm. He’s no Ellis Valentine out there, but it’s erroneous to characterize his arm as “pop-gun” — as he proved by making a strong throw to nail Wright by about eight feet. My feeling is that Soriano “tricked” Wright by going toward the ball to his left, then following his momentum and spinning completely around to make the throw. Though, had he picked up the ball and tried to change direction without spinning (keeping the play in front of him), I still think he would’ve thrown out Wright — though it would’ve been much closer.