Mets Game 128: Loss To Tigers
Tigers 11 Mets 3
The final score does not reflect the fact that this was a really close game until the top of the ninth. But it does reflect the fact the Mets are now one dozen games below .500.
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee pitched fairly well — all things considered — holding the mighty Tigers to four runs despite allowing a dozen baserunners (10 hits, 2 walks) in six innings. Like Matt Harvey the night before, one would have thought Detroit would score more with so many baserunners, but most of their hits were singles and they don’t run the bases very well. As far as the boxscore goes, it wasn’t a great performance by Gee, but he threw pretty much his typical game — staying on the edges of the plate, teasing hitters with the change-up and slider, dropping in an occasional 12-6 curveball, and using those three pitches to set up the fastball. He made a few mistakes, and two of them were sent over the fence. That’s been Gee’s strategy this year, and it works well against NL lineups. Against one of the best lineup in MLB, it’s OK — just good enough to give his team a fighting chance.
Travis d’Arnaud clubbed his second MLB hit — and first career homerun — to give the Mets a 3-2 lead and soil Gary Cohen’s shorts. It was a towering blast into the left-field party deck on a pretty decent sinker running down in.
Is Andy Dirks officially a Met killer?
Terrible fundies by Victor Martinez on a ball in the dirt in the 8th that allowed Lucas Duda to advance to third base. It was a straightforward pitch in the dirt over the middle of the plate and should have been easily blocked and smothered. But, Martinez tried to backhand it and turned his head to the right and it skipped past him. A catcher should never, ever turn his/her head — the protection is in front of your face, first of all, and second of all, you need to see where the ball goes after it hits you. Second, a catcher should only backhand as a last resort, and if it is far outside the plate. It was only the second time Martinez was behind the plate in two years. I wasn’t necessarily surprised to see V-Mart back there during the game, but a bit surprised he wasn’t removed late in the game and particularly when Bruce Rondon — a very hard thrower — came in. I supposed he remained because of the slim, one-run lead the Tigers held; Detroit manager Jim Leyland didn’t want to lose his bat if the game became tied or went into extras.
During the broadcast, Gary and Keith Hernandez spoke at length about the Mets’ organizational philosophy of developing and acquiring hitters who have good strike-zone discipline, high on-base percentages, and can hit home runs. It was presented as though this was something new and edgy, or if the Mets were one of the only teams with such designs. But beyond that, it didn’t seem like an appropriate discussion for a team that is 24th in MLB in OBP, 27th in slugging percentage, and 24th in homeruns. I’m too lazy to do the math, but my guess is those rankings are only as high as they are due to David Wright — who is unlikely to return in 2013.
There was a Lucas Duda sighting in this ballgame; he walked as a pinch-hitter.