Mets Game 87: Win Over Giants

Mets 10 Giants 6

Mets continue to feast on the NL West. The Giants continue to reel.

Remember when it was a big deal for the Mets to be at .500? Well, now it’s a big deal that they’re less than ten games under .500 for the first time since June 1. That’s called “progress”!

Mets Game Notes

Dillon Gee battled enough to win, but it was far from his best outing of the year. He struggled with his command on all of his pitches, falling behind batters frequently but being saved by the ineptitude of San Francisco’s hitters. The Giants really had him on the ropes in the bottom of the sixth, scoring a run before putting runners on the corners with one out, but Gregor Blanco hit a laser that found Gee’s glove and resulted in an inning-ending double play when Tony Abreu was doubled off first.

After struggling so mightily in that sixth frame, I was surprised to see him start the seventh. Check that: once realizing what team I was watching, I wasn’t surprised at all that Terry Collins sent him out thee again. I suppose Collins was hoping against hope that Gee’s finger would keep the dam from breaking, since the bullpen was worked pretty hard the night before. Considering how futile the Giants hitters have proven to be, it wasn’t the worst gamble in the world. But once Gee took the mound, it was almost a certainty the lead would be lost. One can use smoke and mirrors to wiggle out of only so many situations against big-league hitters.

In the end, Collins looked like a genius for pushing Gee, since the Mets won and were able to give the bullpen at least two-thirds of an inning of rest.

It was a fairly close and somewhat interesting game until D-Byrd put one over the ball with the bases juiced to break the game open in the eighth. At that point I found it OK to hit the sack — it was 1:11 AM, after all.

When Brandon Belt first came up to MLB, he appeared to be a good-looking hitter. Now, I’m not so sure. His pitch recognition and plate discipline seems to have gotten worse, and usually that’s something that gets better with experience. Further, he cuts down his follow-through — his swing looks like a rusty gate that stops before opening completely. That severely cuts down his bat speed. Too bad, because as a youngster he had a lot of promise, with an approach and style similar to that of Freddie Freeman.

It stuns me whenever someone says that Daniel Murphy is anything other than a below-average / mediocre second baseman. This series — and the previous one — is a prime example of why. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, watch the games again. He’s been lucky in that his flubs have not had much, if any, impact on the final score.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series in San Francisco begins at getaway-day time — 3:45 PM ET. Zack Wheeler takes the mound against Matt Cain.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 July 10, 2013 at 8:06 am
    Player A: 75 Games — 14 HR, 47RBI, .269/.315/.500/.815

    Player B: 85 Games — 16 HR, 44RBI, .251/.350/.461/.811

    Player C: 89 Games — 13 HR, 44RBI, .267/.310/.457/.768

    With Player A being Marlon Byrd……I’d say he’s done a stupendous job of giving us a “legitimate Major League outfielder” – something that was complained about, ad nauseum, leading into the season (that we didn’t have).

    Great job by Mr. Byrd so far in 2013. Even more interesting when you look at his numbers stacked up against Justin Upton (Player B) and Hunter Pence (Player C).

    • James July 10, 2013 at 8:34 am
      love it, Marcum and Lyon not withstanding, things are starting to look up for Sandy and company.
    • James July 10, 2013 at 8:35 am
      Guess who is one of four teams with a plus .500 record on the road? Amazing.
  2. DaveSchneck July 10, 2013 at 10:03 am
    I don’t know if having the 4th best road record and 7th worst record in baseball is good or bad, but it seems more bad. Ultimately, if you aren’t good at home, you aren’t good.

    Satin saw 26 pitches, did not put one in play, but got on base 60% of the time, scored two runs, and got paid about $3,000 for the game last night. Now, if that isn’t moneyball then what is! It is also nice to see a former football player (and pitcher) that is 6′ 2″ and 240 named Recker putting some fear into opposing pitchers.

  3. NormE July 10, 2013 at 11:50 am
    I loved the relay from Brown To Q to Recker that cut down Scutaro. Great execution and poor Marco just bounced of Recker. Ouch!
    • Walnutz15 July 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm
      Quintanilla’s been a solid contributor for this club. When looking at it stacked-up against the guy you considered your starting SS (by default) – he looks even better.

      Tejada’s got a lot of work to do to get himself back in favor. He’s never been that special where I ever viewed him as more than a back-up middle infield-type…..and has just been lucky that he’s been on a club that affords long-term opportunity to just about anyone who comes through the door.

  4. Dan B July 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm
    I guess you might say things are looking up for Sandy and company. In the sense the Mets are stuck in 4the place and 10 games under 500, they can only look up.
    • Walnutz15 July 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm
      You watch your mouth, DanB — they’re NINE games under-.500.

      *wink*

  5. Micalpalyn July 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    wasn’t surprised at all that Terry Collins sent him out thee again. I ‘

    Same story. No matter whether the bullpen is rested or not.
    Yet he wants to ‘conserve’ his starters.

    - time to start auditioning Wilmer. And time we starting addressing the catching position too. Isn’t Pena supposed to be doing ok at AAA?

  6. Joe July 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm
    He had a bad stretch of late that might suggest his at bats infected his defense, but I have watched most of the games. Usually, his defense doesn’t affect the game much at all. A few times, he makes some nice plays.

    I think Daniel Murphy is an okay second baseman. If that means “mediocre,” fine, since “mediocre” teams these days can be wild card teams. At times, he gets a bit too much praise from GKR, but in part because he isn’t someone who for years played in the minors etc. at 2B and he consistently again plays like a perfectly okay 2B. “Okay” means errors sometimes and off days.

    I don’t think he stinks or anything. If the team had more bats, he defensive play might be more of a concern. They don’t. He is streaky, but at times, he has been one of three or so hitters that hit.

    • Joe Janish July 11, 2013 at 2:37 am
      Well we’ll have to agree to disagree, because I think Murphy absolutely stinks at 2B. I haven’t seen a worse second baseman in 25 years, at any professional level — and that includes Dan Uggla. I’ve seen worse in amateur levels, like little league and American Legion, but not at levels where players are paid.
  7. Joe July 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    BTW, they called up that Germain (or whatever) guy and for the second day in a role in a game with the Mets leading by a lot (writing this after the sweep), he wasn’t put in the game. He was sent down again after not being used with the pen overworked. Are they saving him for Sat or something?