Mets Game 105: Loss to Marlins
Marlins 3 Mets 2
For the most part, it was a young pitchers’ duel. The win could’ve gone either way, and in the end, it was the team that made the fewest mistakes that came away the winner.
Mets Game Notes
Not quite the same performance as Jenrry Mejia‘s auspicious 2013 debut, but he did finish strong. Interestingly, he almost completely bagged his fastball after the second inning, using his slider almost exclusively to get strikes and set up his other pitches. I’d be curious to know if that was a decision made by Mejia, John Buck, or Dan Warthen. Regardless, the outing and the reliance on the slider was redolent of former Met and former Braves phenom Jorge Sosa — who, like Mejia, had “electric” stuff, threw in the mid- to high-90s, and was used as both a starter and reliever. The more I think about the two pitchers, the more their parallels are apparent.
Mejia’s pitching wasn’t really all that bad — it just wasn’t as great as his last outing. He was hurt by several poor defensive plays, including one made himself on a bunt. With a little luck, and/or better defense behind him, maybe he allows only one run instead of three. All in all, three runs and seven baserunners in six innings ain’t too shabby — even if it was against the young and aggressive Marlins (who weren’t nearly as aggressive as they were against Zack Wheeler the night before.)
Really, really nice read and jump by Giancarlo Stanton on the fly ball hit by Justin Turner in the ninth. Was that just luck or is he that good defensively? I have no idea, but on that one play, he was impressive.
During the game, Kevin Burkhardt relayed Sandy Alderson’s explanation as to why Marlon Byrd wasn’t traded — because he believes it’s much more important to build momentum toward 2014 than it is to acquire a “low level minor leaguer.” Do with that information what you will. All I’m going to say is that as a PR professional, I found the comments to be well-spun — and leave it at that.
No baseball for me this evening. There was a “debris spill” on the helix so there was a 2-hour delay at the Lincoln Tunnel, and one-hour to 90-minute delays at the other Hudson crossings, as well as gridlock in Manhattan. That made it impossible to get from Old Brookville, NY to Livingston, NJ by game time — without a helicopter, that is. It was such a beautiful night to play, too … really ticked me off. Ah well, thems the breaks.
Next Mets Game
The final game of the series begins at 12:40 PM; that said, don’t expect a postgame until the evening, as I’ll be busy at work while the game is being played. Matt Harvey takes the hill against Tom Koehler, whoever that is (does he make bathroom fixtures?).