Mets Game 119: Win Over Padres

Mets 4 Padres 1

Zack Wheeler strikes out a dozen in six innings, but doesn’t get the win.

Mets Game Notes

I didn’t see this game — the games on these Left Coast trips are on too late for an old man like me. If you watched it, please post your comments below. Many thanks.

On a completely unrelated note, if you are interested in wine investing, you can watch my company’s CEO talk about it on Bloomberg.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Padres do it again at, yes, 10:10 PM. Jonathon Niese faces Ian Kennedy.

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. NormE August 16, 2013 at 11:04 am
    While Wheeler looked good, the Padres don’t offer the greatest challenge. His pitch count was elevated because the Padres seemed to be fouling off an inordinate number of pitches.
    Lagares looks awful at the plate. However, his two defensive gems more than compensate.
    Surprised that TC allowed Germen to pitch two innings. If Buck hadn’t hit the homer in the top of the 9th maybe TC would have gone to Feliciano and Aardsma to finish the game.
    The Padres look dispirited, and given their lack of talent, you have to wonder about Bud Black’s ability to keep them from mailing in the rest of the season.
  2. Joe August 16, 2013 at 11:25 am
    The Padres starter if anything might have more reason to complain — he went seven innings, if with less strikeouts, and the one “run” he game up was dubious.

    As to the other comment, Mr. A. hasn’t done that well closing games so far and it helped that they had an extra run. Germen looked good in the 8th other than the walks.

    Mets need to find a bat in the OF. Lagares in CF would be nice if they had a real bat at a corner.

  3. mic August 16, 2013 at 11:52 am
    Lagares: Is a leadoff hitter with some power. He has been tossed around the line up now by TC batting at bottom, leadoff then 2nd. He has died in the 2 hole. If anything he should be groomed NOW to leadoff with Young hiting 7th, 8th or 2nd.
    • crozier August 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm
      Lagares is miles away from being a leadoff guy. His OBP isn’t just bad; it’s appalling. That he occasionally provides some pop is a bonus in the #7 slot, where he belongs until he learns some plate discipline.

      They need a singles hitter who draws a lot of walks. Currently fitting that description? Ike Davis, how sad.

  4. DanB August 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    It is ironic that you posted that video today because construction on my new wine cellar (really it is just a wine rack and a fridge in my basement) started yesterday. However the idea of buying a bottle ofwine and not drinking it is completely foreign to me. Wine is definitely is an expense to me, not a source of income.
    • Joe Janish August 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm
      Ah, but that’s the beauty of investing in wine — if you can’t make a good return on it, you can drink it! How many other investments can you enjoy at the dinner table? How does 401K match with fish?


  5. Happy59 August 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    Amazing how every time a player gets hot at the plate either they get injured or TC benches them until they cool off….

    Why is Quintanilla still playing short? So they can punish Tejeda at AAA or simply refusing to give someone else an opportunity?

    The aged, tired pitchers in the bullpen – time to trade or release – give younger pitchers some learning time at the pro level…. Feliciano, Atchinson, Aarsdma, Hawkins need to go, they’ve proven unable to pitch in consecutive games – one good outing followed by a couple poor outings…. one can’t have a bullpen with too many pitchers needing 1,2 or more days rest between outings. Too many games lost in the 8th and 9th, particularly to the home run ball.

    Collins still making the wrong moves and abusing the bullpen, I cringe when I see reports that he may be rehired……….. Egads!!

    The hitters hit well until there are RISP, then they hack at the 1st or 2nd pitch making easy outs. How can you consistently leave runners on 2nd & 3rd with less then 2 outs? Also how can a batter take a called 3rd strike late in a close game, particularly with RISP? Either they don’t know the ump’s strike zone or they don’t know the zone themselves, at least go down hacking and not looking!!

    OK, done ranting, back to supporting….. the players, not the coaching staff………. 🙂

    • crozier August 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm
      September’s coming, Happy. Plenty of young arms can get their chance then. In the meantime, the bullpen’s been better than respectable since mid-June.

      As to Quintanilla, he’s a better than okay fielder; Tejada started out okay in Vegas, but his .264 average translates to .220 at best in the bigs, i.e., no better than what they have now. Let him find himself in AAA, if that ever happens.

      I guess I’m in the minority in being impressed with the Mets’ performance since the break. I hardly think gong 0-3 (in close contests) against a team that’s won 40 of its last 50 is a downward trend. Fact is, they’re playing .500 ball without Wright and without Parnell. Had this happened last year, they’d be vying with the Astros for worst team in the world.

    • crozier August 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm
      True that Wheeler didn’t get the win – for whatever that’s worth these days (I say not much), but the Mets won. They’re now 8-3 in games he’s started.

      So maybe he’s no Matt Harvey (with whom the Mets are 13-11 this year); but so far he sure is an upgrade over Shaun Marcum.