Mets Game 70: Win Over Phillies

Mets 4 Phillies 3

Nice come-from-behind win for the Mets in Philadelphia.

Mets Game Notes

During the game I was packing for my move on Saturday morning, and now I’m too exhausted to write an intelligent post. Do me a favor and post your notes in the comments to get the conversation going. Thanks.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Phillies do it again at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Dillon Gee goes against Jonathan Pettibone. If all goes as planned, I should be all moved into my new digs, with the cable and TV hooked up and the new sofabed set up in front of it. Fingers crossed.

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  1. argonbunnies June 22, 2013 at 1:45 am
    Nice game for Lagares — ripped an inside pitch off the wall for a double, managed to fight off an 0-2 pitch away for a single, and caught a deep fly with the bases loaded, which some of the non-CFs the Mets run out there wouldn’t have caught.

    On the downside, he should have been on 3rd after the Phillies threw home on his double, and he then tried to steal 3rd with 2 outs and the pitcher batting. Fortunately Hefner struck out to ensure this stupid move wouldn’t be costly.

    If this sounds familiar, ask Valdespin. To what should we attribute this sort of recurring blunder? Desperation of a team that hasn’t been scoring? Youngsters who were never schooled in the game? Bad coaching? Daniel Murphy’s example?

    Earlier in the game, Ryan Howard started a rally by hitting a double just to the right of straight-away CF, with Lagares positioned nearly in LF. And then in the 9th, paying “no doubles”, Lagares was standing a step in front of the warning track. Whoever’s positioning him, whether it’s Collins or Goodwin or Lagares himself, really needs to pay a little more attention.

    Hefner made some good pitches, but he also elevated a lot of them, and his slider looked pretty lazy to me. I guess he pitched well — with decent defense in the 2nd, it would have been a scoreless outing — but I felt like he was skating on thin ice, and I kept expecting some Phillie to hit a HR. At least he only walked one. His ERA now sits at 3.89, and I can’t tell whether he’s a AAAA guy, or a guy any team would be lucky to have as its 5th starter.

  2. James June 22, 2013 at 8:28 am
    Mets beginning to resemble a major league team. major catalysts: sending down Ike, Tejada’s injury, Kirk’s Hr, Wheelers start, play of Legares and Q, better relief pitching, and Wright’s uptick. One part that still resembles AAA: fielding.
    • Jon C June 22, 2013 at 8:52 am
      I was gonna say that I got the same feeling, it actually felt like I was watching a major league game. Maybe its getting more than a couple of hits in a game, that makes it actually feel like SOMETHING is happening out there.

      EY certainly brings some excitement with that speed.

      Watching Parnell against the rival phillies with only a 1 run lead was exciting as well (Maybe it was better to watch just because it was the phils). He really looks confident out there right now, been fun to watch this guy grow up and develop over the years. Didn’t know if he would ever figure it out. These are the small things to cheer for when you have no shot at a title.

  3. Joe June 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    Hefner had problems with the Phils in the past and an error extended inning made me worry but he got thru six with two earned. He’s a back-end guy who is less able to deal with errors and low scoring which hurt his record but is easy to root for. I thought pre-season he would be good for some wins. He really should have a few more. As to if he is back-end or AAAA, that’s really a thin difference in today’s game. I think he has shown that he deserves to be in the rotation and over time has been as or more consistent than anyone else other than Harvey.

    The game is was nice in part because in the past it would be one that the Mets would likely lose, but the Phils (and Hamels) are struggling more than in the past and the Mets had things go their way. Torres again showed something. Lagares is promising in CF if he can hit. If the Mets can play the NL East like this regularly, the rest of the year might actually be watchable.

  4. DaveSchneck June 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    Attempting to steal 3rd with 2 outs and the pitcher up is something that would not be tolerated by a high school freshman, no less a professional ball player. Collins should tell Lagares if that happens again he will be in Vegas, and follow through if it does. Ditto for Murphy. That said, and positioning aside, which should be solely the responsibility of the OF coach for a rookie, Lagares looks absolutely terrific in CF. His defense makes a difference. He needs to play daily, and f he can hit north of .250 and push his BB rate to 8%, with tht glove it should be his job to lose.
    • Jon C June 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm
      leave it to collins to IMMEDIATELY bench him today…why oh why