Mets Game 74: Win Over White Sox
Mets 3 White Sox 0
Mets Game Notes
Mets took full advantage of shoddy defense by the Palehose in the top of the fifth. Only one error was charged, but in reality there were at least three — one being a judgment error when third baseman Brent Morel cut off a throw from the outfield that could have retired Andrew Brown at home. Morel also should have been charged with an error later that inning when an Eric Young grounder deflected off his glove, but the official scorer changed his ruling to a hit.
Speaking of, we’ve been seeing many, many errors ruled hits over the past few years, and it seems to be more rampant as time goes on. I have to wonder if a secret memo was sent out by Bud Selig to all official scorers, urging them to avoid calling errors so that averages could be higher and error totals lower. #conspiracytheory
The Mets could have easily dropped to the low fundamental level of the ChiSox that inning. Instead, they pounced on the opportunities afforded with aggressive baserunning and putting the ball in play. Simple stuff.
Shaun Marcum’s results were stellar, but his process drives me out of my mind. All that picking and nibbling out of the strike zone, the Steve Trachsel-like pace, and refusal to throw a fastball goes against everything I teach to young pitchers — and for me, makes for an agonizingly boring game. But it’s an approach that has worked for Marcum for many years, so who am I to criticize?
Strangely enough, I never minded the similar strategy by Livan Hernandez. Go figure.
Marcum went 8 full innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks in a very efficient 96-pitch effort. Helping him was unusually stellar defensive play behind him. In particular, Omar Quintanilla “had a day” with several acrobatic plays.
Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth to seal the victory. He threw few pitches in the strike zone. Was that strategy — and Marcum’s — intentional, and the result of scouting reports on the aggressive White Sox hitters? Likely.
John Danks deserved better. He did a nice job of pounding the strike zone and keeping the Mets hitters off balance. His defense, however, let him down.
No doubt you have noticed the recent inspired play by the Mets. Is it a coincidence that the lineup has been littered with “AAAA” players and other teams’ rejects? In other words, players who are trying to prove others wrong and/or fighting like heck to stay in the big leagues? If you have ever watched minor league baseball, it’s a similar vibe — guys playing like their lives depend on it. Nice to see. The Mets are going nowhere this year but at the very least we appreciate Major League effort.