Mets Game 85: Win Over Brewers
Mets 2 Brewers 1
Nothing like a clean, well-played ballgame. When we will see one is anyone’s guess.
Mets Game Notes
I recently mentioned the trend of official scorers to call everything a hit, and this game was a clear example. There were at least four Mets “hits” that should have been scored as errors by the Brewers; in the end, only two bad throws by Juan Francisco were charged as errors. When a ball is hit directly to a fielder, and the fielder can’t handle it, it’s an error. When a fielder gets his glove on a grounder without diving, but it continues into the outfield, it’s an error. When a fielder can’t complete a play a Major Leaguer is supposed to complete, it’s an error. When an outfielder stops short of the wall on a catchable fly, it’s an error. This official scoring issue isn’t a little thing, this is a concerted effort to artificially prop up the perceived image of “Major League Baseball.” It could be said that labeling these games as “MLB” is a form of false advertising.
OK, off the soapbox …
The highlight of the game was the starting pitching for both sides. Quick working, strike throwing efficiency.
Well-pitched game by Jeremy Hefner, who went seven solid innings, allowing just two hits — one a solo homer — a walk, and a run, while striking out eight. He was efficient, too, hurling only 105 pitches, and I was mildly surprised to see him removed. Maybe Terry Collins wanted him to feel good about himself more than he wanted a win, who knows?
Nearly as proficient and efficient was Tom Gorzelanny, who scattered 8 hits in 6 innings but walked none and struck out 8 in allowing two unearned runs. Gorzelanny really deserved better from the official scorer as well as the defense behind him. Despite allowing so many hits (by my count, it should have been only four rather than eight), Gorzelanny pitched as well as can be expected, working quickly and throwing a ton of strikes.
Two men in the Mets lineup handled Gorzelanny — David Wright and Josh Satin. You remember Satin — he’s the guy who lost his job after hitting .375 over a three-week span on one of the worst-hitting teams in baseball. Satin went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored. During the game, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discussed the “problem” of finding a spot in the lineup for Satin. Really? How about looking at the “problem” from the other perspective: i.e., taking a look at the current lineup and figure out who should be removed — if not regularly, then at least vs. lefthanded pitchers. The solution smacks you in the face — it’s Daniel Murphy, and lo and behold, he plays Satin’s natural position. For some reason though, Gary and Keith completely avoided mentioning second base or Murphy in the conversation. Or perhaps a .221 AVG / .502 OPS vs. lefthanded starting pitchers is considered acceptable for mediocre-fielding second basemen.