Mets Game 124: Win Over Braves
Mets 5 Braves 3
Can the Mets make a run?
Mets Game Notes
Considering that both Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey will be shut down shortly, I’m guessing no — the Mets can’t make a run for second place in the NL East (or any other goal you might be considering). In fact, I’m wondering who is going to be taking the ball come mid-September — anyone else perplexed?
Wheeler pitched very well through 6 2/3 innings against the East’s leaders, striking out 5 and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. He relied primarily on his fastball, getting an even mix of ground balls and fly outs. A solid game from the young righthander, who’s now a surprising 6-2.
Travis d’Arnaud finally stroked his first MLB hit, a double off former Met Luis Ayala, who was serving up meatballs in his inning-plus stint. That’s not to take anything away from d’Arnaud — just a general observation.
Ike Davis had a RBI single and a towering solo homer. The homer came on a waist-high, hanging slider from the aforementioned Ayala, so don’t get too excited — it was a BP pitch. Yeah, yeah, I know — I’m a wet blanket. Sorry, I call ’em as I see ’em.
Marlon Byrd was also tremendous, as he’s been all year, and if you weren’t aware of his tremendousness, the SNY crew made sure to drive the point home — both during the game and afterward, during the post-game. Oh, and Terry Collins sang Byrd’s praises, too, calling him the the “big story” of the year. I guess that’s what happens when David Wright is gone for the year. Yes, Byrd has been producing far beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. But I can’t get excited about it due to his past and that nagging suspicion in the back of my head. Victor Conte, BALCO, 50-game suspension, “the best shape of his life,” “unbelievable stamina,” a career-high in homers with 40 games to go, muscles popping out of every inch of his body, and turning 36 in ten days? Is it really unfair of me to be suspicious? Is there something wrong with me to be unable to get on the bandwagon and applaud his comeback?
During the postgame on SNY, Bobby Valentine said, “it’s not only about the steroids — it’s about hard work as well.” Agreed. It’s NOT only about the steroids. But thanks to wonderful liars like Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, et al, it’s hard not to believe there’s something fishy going on. I’m admittedly crotchety, old-school, and cynical, but I’ve also yet to meet a reformed liar. / off soap box