Mets Game 79: Win Over Diamondbacks
Mets 5 Diamondbacks 4
J.J. remains a putz in Flushing, and Kirk Gibson gives the Mets a gift. Maybe it was reparation for his damage in October 1988.
Mets Game Notes
After 5 2/3 futile innings against starter Wade Miley, the Mets offense woke up against the Diamondbacks bullpen, which gave up a run in every inning they spun. One of the main culprits was former Met J.J. Putz, who was supposed to shut the door and save the game in the ninth but instead allowed the tying run to score — and nearly let in the winning run as well.
Somehow, some way, Shaun Marcum made it through six innings and allowed only three runs. He was clearly pitching with some kind of pain, didn’t have command, and had no business making it out of the first frame. Yet, he did, then gutted through five more to keep the Mets in the ballgame. His slow pace and picking around the plate continue to drive me out of my mind, but I have to respect the man’s chutzpah. Will he make beyond the All-Star break? My guess is no — but maybe if he strings together a few more good starts, the Mets can sucker someone into taking him in return for a nondescript A-ball prospect before his shoulder / elbow / back / neck / name-the-body-part completely blows out.
In the seventh inning, the Snakes flubbed two potential double play situations. First, Paul Goldschmidt lost the handle on a grounder, and though he still had plenty of time to get Eric Young, Jr. at second base, he elected to take the easy play at 1B. I kind of, sort of, agreed with his decision there, as Arizona was up by three, and at that point, getting outs is more important than getting the lead runner. Later in the inning, Didi Gregorious flipped the ball to Aaron Hill — surprising him, as Hill assumed Gregorious was going to take the putout himself (which he should have). Ron Darling said Hill “can’t assume” in that situation, but I disagree — if Hill runs hard to the bag expecting the ball, and Gregorious chooses to take it himself, there’s a good chance there’s an ugly collision between the two infielders.
Speaking of Darling and the SNY crew, verrrrrry interesting to hear them passive-aggressively criticize Dan Warthen for messing with Zack Wheeler‘s mechanics so early in his MLB career — and also calling him out on trying to fix an unbroken Matt Harvey last summer. Has the love affair with the bespectacled dinosaur ended?
Gerardo Parra put in a big-league effort to catch a long fly by Omar Quintanilla in the 8th, but came up empty. Parra made a full face-plant into the ground and might have suffered a slight concussion.
John Buck was thrown out at second base on a wild pitch to end the ninth inning — as Josh Satin took third. Yes, it looked bad, and yes, in retrospect, perhaps Buck — whose run meant nothing — should have held at first base. But, by running, Buck enticed Miguel Montero to make a throw to 2B. And truthfully, I was surprised that Montero made that throw — probably as surprised as Buck. You don’t expect the catcher to make that throw in that situation, because if ANYTHING goes wrong, the winning run scampers home. Bottom line: yeah, it was a bad play by Buck, but it’s hard for me to fault him. Rather, give props to Montero for having the stones to make that toss to second with the winning run rounding third.
Montero made several great stops on balls in the dirt in the late innings, and made an absolutely perfect throw to nail Buck.
In the eleventh, with David Wright on second and two out, AZ elected to walk John Buck to load the bases. I hate intentional walks, and didn’t like walking the ice-cold Buck in that situation — particularly with a rookie making his MLB debut on the mound. However, by walking Buck, the Snakes forced the Mets into burning their last position player (Anthony Recker) — a move that might have provided an advantage as the extras continued on. As it turned out, the rookie (Chaz Roe) walked Recker and was removed from the game. I felt a little bad for Roe, but he HAS TO go after Recker in that spot. Recker was cold coming off the bench, and is arguably the worst hitter on the Mets roster — if you’re not going to go after Recker, who are you going after? Make Recker beat you, and kudos to him if he does. Piddling around the corners and walking him to load the bases was unacceptable.
Then in the 13th, AZ manager Kirk Gibson elected to put Buck on again — this time as the winning run — to face pinch-hitter Matt Harvey. Instead of swinging away, Harvey sacrificed — which I disagreed with. Let the kid swing the bat — he can swing better than a few players at the end of the bench. Following the bunt by Harvey, Gibson then put Omar Quintanilla on to load the bases, with two outs and men on second and third and Andrew Brown on deck. Again, didn’t like the move, because as mentioned before I hate intentional walks, but also because I hate giving a pitcher no room for error. If Gibson doesn’t intentionally put the winning run on base to begin with, he doesn’t put his pitcher into that difficult situation. Bad, bad management in that last inning. And in the end, Terry Collins looks like a genius. Oy!
David Aardsma “earns” the win. Ha!
The Mets left 20 men on base in this ballgame. I’m not making that up.
Did this game feel like a AAA or Indy league game to anyone else?
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Diamondbacks do it again at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday night. The scheduled starting pitchers are Jeremy Hefner and Patrick Corbin.
Good on Brown for coming through.
Thanks to Gibson for the gimme; and if that’s “reparation” for ’88, then he’s the worst gift-giver of all time. *wink*
Agree with you, Joe – in that I was kinda mad to see Harvey squaring there…..incensed, actually – as the 1st attempt flew straight up behind home plate.
However….it “worked out in the end”. Does say a lot about my confidence in anyone else, that I wanted an ice-cold Harvey to swing away in that spot. Haha
Still can’t believe Gibson pitching around Buck….maybe he was guarding against the kind of pitch that was ultimately thrown to Brown —– but overall, just Collins-like managerial moves from Gibby in that 13th inning.
In fact, he was able to “out-Collins” Terry. What a wacky, wacky ball game.
I still laugh when people cite that the Mets are “the best base running team in MLB”. Per the advanced metrics, and “runs created”, the story “jives” —- however, as we know with so many of these things…..it simply cannot account for Baseball IQ.
Last night, we were subjected to 4 more innings of bullpen burning due to yet another gaffe by Buck on the base paths. I can probably name 2 or 3 horrific instances apiece for each regular in the lineup to this point in the season.
Like Little League bad.
Running wildly and hoping you’re safe is just stupid. That’s a Daniel Murphy hallmark, which occurs once or twice a week.
…..and that’s not really a true “knock” on Teufel, as many of these guys (prime examples: Murphy and Buck) enter into their own world, regardless of what their coach may tell them.
Though, it was good to see someone in the other dugout give us a “W”. I’ll take it.
A) Citi Field’s modifications will have that as a blemish, any time a ball goes up near that orange line. Why you couldn’t have just gone the extra mile and corrected it all-together?
Anyone’s guess; and
B) How MLB doesn’t have a legitimately effective system for reviewing these plays. Umpires should be provided with both feeds of video; and actually take the time to look at them ——– since Arizona’s feed pretty clearly shows the ball deflecting off the fence, then hitting a second time off the top of the fence.
SNY’s feed actually works against us….go figure. LOL
The state of Major League Umpiring is also a joke, much like the state of Official Scoring.
http://i.imgur.com/KBII75I.gif —– SNY Feed
So much for using replay to “get it right” — even with modern technology, the eyes can still play tricks.
I don’t know if this is a joke or not. “Too early” here was the 11th and he was the last position player left. We saw him “out of the pen” — this game wasn’t a laugher. Assume someone else was available for the 14th or 15th inning who could throw batting practice up there.
Expecting a pitcher cold on the bench to hit in that situation (putting aside as Turner tweeted the worry he would pull something rushing down the line) is a bit dim. I know it’s King Harvey but his hitting is still in the low 100s. Chances are you would have him get two outs or do nothing with his out.
The other way one hit can win you the game. Even if he hit, the next hitter might STILL have to get a hit to win the game or push the game further with your pen down to who? Lyons? Sheesh.
It was a joke, a guess not too good. Recks had a nice follow up game.
Joe J., I always appreciate your catcher’s point-of-view, since it remains an under-reported position (Roger Angell’s “In The Fire” is the best reporting for my money), but you might be showing a little bias in even remotely defending Buck’s insane flight to second base in the 9th. I think he’s trying too hard to make up for his lack of offense, when it’s really enough to just call a good game.
But, I try very hard to be objective, and I put myself in his shoes in that situation, and I understood why he took off for second base. Not necessarily defending him for trying, but understanding why he did what he did.
As I’ve always maintained, Dan Warthen’s a moron.
Apparently, there was an MLB Network feature on Wheeler….which I’ll ask my buddy over in their stock footage room to see if he can put me onto — which illustrated how horribly Wheeler was tipping his pitches.
According to the poster I was corresponding with on Scout.com — it had to do with how he sets up and where he holds his glove (breaking ball = hands close to body, fastball = hands away from body, his back leg (when in the stretch, apparently, his back leg is bent when he’s going to throw a breaking ball, straight when he’s going to throw a fastball), etc.
Essentially, the Nats knew everything that was coming………and here we had Warthen talking about how “obvious” it was that it’s his arm angles.
Get this dude outta here, please. Calling Warthen a terrible pitching coach would be kind.