Mets Game 90: Loss to Pirates
Pirates 4 Mets 2
The Pirates advance to 20 games over .500, while the Mets drop to 10 games below .500.
Mets Game Notes
As expected, Carlos Torres wrung 5 innings out of his arm, and did as well as anyone could have hoped. Five full frames, one run, five hits, no walks, five strikeouts. He was clearly out of gas in the fifth, but wormed his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation by inducing an inning-ending double play. Torres relied mostly on pitches that swerved — sliders and what I’m guessing were cutters. He threw plenty of strikes and did exactly what the Mets needed him to do.
Also as expected, the Mets bullpen was spent, and as a result, blew the game. It’s difficult to fill four innings one night after providing four in extras. Greg Burke was the loser, but David Aardsma and Josh Edgin — the two relievers who threw an inning-plus on Friday night — were just as guilty for the loss. Aardsma allowed a game-tying solo homer to Andrew McCutchen and Edgin walked two — the second with the bases loaded, forcing in Pittsburgh’s insurance run and the final nail in the coffin.
On the bright side, Bobby Parnell came into a meaningless situation and pitched a perfect eighth.
After the game, it was announced that Scott Atchison would be re-joining the club, while Jordany Valdespin is on his way to Las Vegas. I’m not sure why it took this long for Valdespin to be demoted, since he’s done absolutely nothing other than pinch-hit for the past month. If ‘spin isn’t going to get at least two starts a week, it makes no sense to keep him around the big club — he needs to get reps at a defensive position to be determined by the geniuses running the Mets organization. Second base? Outfield? Who knows? But it’s high time he plays regularly with the goal of developing some kind of value.
Hmm … one slight concern with ‘spin going down: who is the backup shortstop if something happens to Omar Quintanilla? Granted, Valdespin is hardly a shortstop, but he can be plugged in there for a few innings if something happened. I don’t think Josh Satin can fill the position, nor can Eric Young, Jr. I guess David Wright would shift over in the event of an emergency?
Ike Davis‘ hot streak ended an hour after his first game back from Vegas. He’s 2 for his last 20 since that game, and it’s not just about the numbers — he looks awful at the plate. As he did prior to being demoted, Ike looks confused, is way ahead of pitches, and when he does make contact, it’s weak contact. He’s not driving the ball at all, and not even getting lucky to run into a mistake with his bat head in the right place. His weight is shifting drastically to his front foot far too early, and as a result he’s “front-foot hitting” — which might on occasion result in a long fly ball but usually means weak ground balls and meek popups. He’s no star on defense, either — though he wasn’t charged with any errors in this game, an official scorer from a decade ago might’ve given him two. Not hitting, not fielding, not running … one has to wonder how long the Mets can wait for Ike to start hitting. Also, how is Josh Satin feeling right now?