Mets Game 96: Win Over Braves
Mets 4 Braves 1
Mets Game Notes
Who does Carlos Torres think he is, shutting down the Braves’ vaunted collection of sluggers? How did he do it? Not with “stuff,” that’s for sure. He simply threw strikes, hung tough, and got outs.
Conversely, Kris Medlen was not the pitcher of 2012 — though he wasn’t all that awful, either. He simply wasn’t as good as Torres, and his lineup wasn’t as prolific as advertised.
If I’m the Braves, I’m concerned about the offense’s make-up. It’s hauntingly similar to the “all or nothing” Yankees lineups that frightened opposing pitchers, feasted on lesser clubs, but fizzled in a short series. The Braves may well run away with the NL East, but if a few of those long-ballers is slumping, they’re going to have a really hard time scoring runs — particularly against the NL’s elite moundsmen. It won’t be Fredi Gonzalez‘s fault, though, because he’s a great guy. Harumph.
LaTroy Hawkins is a survivor. I thought he ad retired five years ago, but now I’m starting to believe he has at minimum another five years ahead of him in MLB. He’s the relief-pitching version of Livan Hernandez — just keeping on, keepin’ on.
How many more times does Brian McCann have to hit the ball to left field to convince the Mets to stop playing him in the shift? It’s not like he’s getting lucky or dinking the ball the other way — he’s clearly focusing on waiting on pitches and purposely hitting the other way with authority.
Glad to see Bobby Parnell can close out a game with a three-run lead.